Picture credit: http://thelionking.com.sg/
I was hoping to get a free ticket to the Lion King Musical last two Thursdays ago. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to get one, so I found my own way and got discounted tickets at least.
I searched via GumTree and bought four tickets from Max, who sold us S$55/pax instead of the original price of S$65/pax. The show opened last March 2011 and was supposed to close last June. But maybe because of great public demand, it got extended to the end of this month.
My housemate, Aby, is so much of a big fan of the Lion King production that if given a chance, she said, she’d watch it for the second time. She was one of the first in the first batch of people who reserved and bought ticket for the show. She even bought a book-memorabilia as a lovely keepsake, because audiences are not allowed to take photos and videos while the play is on.
Yesterday, I’ve finally experienced and witnessed this “astonishing triumph of theatrical imagination” (quoted from London Evening Standard). It was a grand show filled with colorful and incredible costumes, artistic changing of backgrounds and wonderful songs that made me relish my childhood escapades much.
The venue was at the Marina Bay Sands Theater. The atmosphere was trembling. The characters, I could see, were truly dipped in zeal and drenched in devotion as their voices and dance moves sparkled with eminent gracefulness. Every bit was just so…hauntingly beautiful that even before I went to sleep last night, the melodies were still in me.
Aside from the cute and funny Timon and Pumbaa, my favorite character was Rafiki whose voice echoed in the whole of the theater and astounded the audiences. Her performance was so captivating that you could almost feel the emotion running through her veins, transcending her own body, filling up yours and covering you in goosebumps. It was hypnotizing (perhaps adding to this was that she sang in Swahili, a foreign language we all couldn’t understand).
I’m also proud to say that the kid who played as the young Simba is a Filipino! Here’s a stolen shot of him and Mufasa:
It was my first time to ever watch a live musical. I was so moved!
As said, the show is still playing until end of October. You still have two weeks to make that purchase while tickets are still available. So quickly now, book. : )
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