Disney’s Lion King Musical Rules The Detroit Opera House

on January 31, 2013

a picture of actors on stage acting as lions

And Detroit Weekendtripper, this is what Disney’s, The Lion King musical does to you:

It shakes the inner child out from under the pit of your stomach, takes control over your body, mind, and spirit and bam! You’re speechless. You’re awe-stricken. You’re sitting in front of Disney’s highest-rated movie ever created (and my personal favourite) and watching it unfold from the digital box and into a real-life experience sending chills up-and-down-and-around all seven major chakras — your “circle of life” if you will — right after the first note of the night hits and then some.

Sounds exhilarating, doesn’t it?

And get ready to shuffle a few dates to make room Detroit, Disney’s, The Lion King musical sets to perform for Detroit audiences for four weeks between February 13th to March 10th at the Detroit Opera House (1526 Broadway Street).

This is the same Lion King which won six Tony Awards in 1998 for “Best Musical,” “Best Scenic Design,” “Best Costume Design,” “Best Lighting Design,” “Best Choreography,” and “Best Direction of a Musical.”

Not too bad, huh?


The proof is in the pudding and I’m not the only one who recommends this musical masterpiece. Check out the raving testimonies below:

The New York Times said, “There is simply nothing else like it.”

Good Morning America said it’s, “The most EXCITING, most INVENTIVE, most MOVING theater that has ever come to Broadway!”

Time Magazine said Lion King was, “AWE-INSPIRING! A gorgeous, gasp-inducing spectacle!”

The New Yorker said, ”It’s like being in a dream awake.”

KTLA5 said, “It’s truly the eighth wonder of the world!”

Impressive card of compliments huh? The Lion King Disney Musical is just one of those performances that you have to see for yourself. Visually, Director Julie Taymor does a remarkable job marrying African art elements with Broadway artisanship, successfully anthropomorphizing lifeless costumes and props into the jungle creatures we all know and love.

Sure, some of the mainstream buzz and bounce may dribble a bit lower — the original Lion King Broadway cast remains in New York — however the show still renders an impressive cast.

The Lion King Cast

Scar, Mufasa’s nefarious younger brother is played by Tony-nominated Derek Smith. Musfasa is played by the multi-talented actor Dionne Randolph, who is also featured in many voice-overs for radio spots, Disney Commercials, McDonalds, and Dunkin’ Donuts.

Las Vegas native Jelani Remy, a young up-and-coming actor who was also featured in Disney’s High School Musical, Parade, and Smokey Joe’s Cafe, plays Simba.

Nick Cordileone, who was featured in lead roles in Hamlet, The Alchemist, and Taming of the Shrew plays Timon, the feisty little meerkat.

And Pumbaa the rowdy warthog is played by Ben Lipitz, who was a former regular on TV sitcoms like The Sopranos and Law & Order.

For more cast information please view more at Detroit Lion King Cast.

What to do After the Show?

But what’s live theater without an after-show agenda?

All attendees have a chance to meet the entire cast after the show backstage to score autographs and photos.

For ticket holders looking to spend the entire weekend in Downtown Detroit make reservations at the Milner Detroit Hotel one of Detroit’s most-charming, oldest, and closest hotels to the Opera House located at 1538 Centre Street.

If you’re looking for something a bit more mainstream, check out the Westin Book Cadillac, Detroit’s premier lodging and social gathering destination, which is only .33m away and only a jaunt to Detroit’s famous restaurants and nightlife venues.

Need Tickets?

Order early and avoid the baggage big-name shows carry. You know, like over priced tickets.

Today, tickets start at $25 and are available at the following locations: Fisher Theatre box office, the Detroit Opera House box office, all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 1-866-870-2717, and online at www.ticketmaster.com, www.lionking.com or www.broadwayindetroit.com.