Sunday, October 3, 2010

All Creatures, Part IV, The Last

Part IV: Lion King, Off-Broadway

About once a year, Heidi and I plan a big surprise date for our husbands -- wherein "big" means we actually purchase tickets in advance. Usually we pick something specifically for them: the Colin & Brad improv show (two of the stars from Whose Line Is It Anyway), the Harlem Globetrotters, etc.

This year we picked an event based more on our preferences than theirs. But hey! We fed them first!

Remember my comment on All Creature, Part II, about Jeff's big mouth? He's a quiet guy, so I mean that quite literally. Don't worry, I asked if I could post this, and he doesn't mind one bit.

So, if he were a movie star, I think he'd be cast as an orc.

"We ain't had nothin' but maggoty bread for three stinkin' days!"

Heidi and Jeremy prefer to mug classically... a debonair couple.

The proof is in the pudding -- a line I have never understood, but in this case it's not even applicable. The proof is in my hand, a Lion King playbill, reflective in its chance to shine.

Photos are not allowed during the show, so copying Heidi's blog idea, here are some heisted Internet images. The costuming was imaginative and impressive.

The lions' heads extended and retracted according to the mood of the moment (and no doubt a small pneumatic actuator.)

Rafiki was my favorite singer. She was outstanding. Please note another costuming example in the background.

Simba & Nala -- I think these were the two actors who actually headlined in our production.

My favorite costumes were in the African Savannah scene of which I could not find a photo. The dancers wore plats of grass on their heads and swayed and danced like grasslands in the wind.

I liked the gigantic elephant.

I also really liked one of the new songs, introduced in Act II and sung by Nala -- a song that must be very closely guarded in its "newness" since I can find almost the whole soundtrack on You Tube except for her song.

And my very, very favorite part of the show was watching the percussionists, spotlighted near the stage whenever they played.

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Lore said...


(Let's see a few *starbursts* now.)

Lore said...

P.S. Your hair sure is getting long again. It is so pretty.

Tiffany W. said...

What a fun wife you are to do that for your husband! I have heard great things about Lion King and have always wanted to see it myself. :)

Smith Family said...

I've wanted to go see that! My husband is not into musicals but maybe I'll have to convince him to go when it comes!