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The Lion King Musical

9 May 2011 One Comment

Lion King Musical at Sands Theater, Singapore

The Travcult crew just came back from a matinee performance of Disney’s The Lion King Musical at the Marina Bay Sands. We all had great fun, and left the theater wanting more. Having extensive coverage in local media, seats for the show were quickly filled; it was difficult to book good seats even six weeks before our show. A full crowd was present, and that day being a Sunday, there were large numbers of children in the theatre.

It was our first visit to the Sands Theater, the smaller of two theaters at the Marina Bay Sands complex, and as far as first impressions go, we liked the look of this venue. Although we sat towards the back of the theater, we could still enjoy a good view of the stage, a testimony of the theater’s good layout design. Rows were well spaced apart, providing patrons with ample leg space.

The performance itself was colorful, lively, and exciting to watch from beginning to end. If you are watching the show, be sure to arrive on time as it started off with a flourish; but let’s not go into details as we do not wish to spoil the surprise. Although the storyline stayed true to the cartoon classic, new jokes and dialogue -occasionally with a local twist-, as well as new pieces by well known composers were also introduced in this musical version.

The performers, who portrayed their characters to a T, were another big draw. It was difficult enough to act any character, but to be able to play an animal character convincingly is surely even more challenging, and we truly applaud the performers for the amount of effort paid into each character’s detailed movements and actions. We had a tough time picking the best performer, as all the main cast members displayed no less than stellar acting skills. The one who charmed us most with his performance, however, was Patrick Brown, who starred as Scar.

Lobby of Sands Theater, Singapore

The crowd during intermission

One major letdown was the acoustic quality of the Sands Theater, which came to us as a somewhat inadequate for such a powerful musical performance. There was a general lack of surround sound, and the frontal speakers were overpowering, sometimes to the effect of drowning out the performers’ voices. This was such a pity, for had the sound effects been better, The Lion King would have been a truly spectacular show.

A check on the booking website shows that the musical has been extended for another two months until end July 2011. This is a last call for those who have yet to catch the landmark musical event, book now before it’s too late!

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Website http://www.thelionking.com.sg

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One Comment »

  • Jim Stuks said:

    Shame about the poor acoustics quality of the theatre, that’s really important to me when seeing a performance. It’s an amazing musical though nevertheless and I hope I manage to get Lion King tickets next time it’s performed.

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