The Lion King at The Paramount in Seattle
*I received two media tickets to the The Lion King. I have not been compensated. All opinion is my own.
Hakuna Matata! The Lion King, the world’s #1 musical is back in Seattle for 33 performances at The Paramount now through January 6, 2019!). A detailed schedule can be found here. Tickets available on-line at STGPresents.org, Ticketmaster.com, by calling 1-866-870-2717, or in person at The Paramount Theatre Box office.
My family and I saw The Lion King at the Paramount the last time it was in town (gosh… several years ago!). So when I saw it was coming back to town, I was pretty excited! The Lion King has been on Broadway for 20 landmark years! Clearly, it is a show loved by so many.
I see a lot of shows, and this one is verrrrry special. It’s not just a show that touches the heart and captures the attnetion of children… it is definitely not a created only for children! In fact, in 1998 it won 6 Tony Awards, and is the only show in history to generate six productions worldwide running 15 or more years!
We are SO fortunate to have this show running for four weeks here in Seattle. It is truly a must-see and not to be missed.
The music is… amazing. I am sure that the second you read “The Lion King” one of at least two songs probably starts playing in your mind (Hakuna Matata or Circle of Life, perhaps??)
My son (who is 19 now) had a Simba costume that he wore all the time – when he was two! There is definitely a tender, emotional connection I have with the story. My early motherhood days were filled with Lion King influence.
Why is The Lion King a MUST see?
- The music: experiencing it live simply cannot compare to an experience through a screen.
- The sets. OH THE SETS. The use of light and screens and moving pieces… my daughter and I were in awe.
- Masks and puppets: “The double event” masks enables the audience to see the characters as animals and human at the same time. IT WAS SO COOL. You just HAVE to see it.
- Costumes: the craftsmanship and creative use of costuming left me in awe over an over. Each new scene was a new moment of awe.
- Use of languages: there are six indigenous African languages spoken in the show.
I don’t know if you are a “show” sort-of-person, but I would venture to say that if you think that you are not… The Lion King just might change your mind. It certainly hasn’t had such an historically impressive Broadway run for no reason. So I say GO. Take your kids (my kids STILL remember with great fondness when we went years ago), take your parents, your bestie… make a date with your sweetie!
I took my daughter Lucy. We made a night of it!
We walked onto the ferry, which meant we walked to dinner and the show. We chose Noi Thai on First Avenue and highly recommend! From Noi Thai it was about a .75 mile walk to the theatre… which was nice to walk off a bit of dinner and stretch our legs before the show.
Have you seen the movie? Have you seen the Broadway performance of The Lion King? Have you gotten your tickets? I would do it soon, I hear they are selling fast! If you go (or HAVE gone), I would love to hear about YOUR favorite part of the show!
To read my last theatre review, On Your Feet, check it out here!
And lastly… HAKUNA MATATA!