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The Lion King

Cadillac Palace Theatre
151 W. Randolph Chicago

Experience the phenomenon as it once again leaps onto the Cadillac Palace Theatre stage. Marvel at the breathtaking spectacle of animals brought to life by award-winning director Julie Taymor, whose visual images for this show you'll remember forever. Thrill to the pulsating rhythms of the African Pridelands and an unforgettable score including Elton John and Tim Rice's Oscar-winning song "Can You Feel The Love Tonight" and "Circle of Life." Let your imagination run wild at the Tony Award-winning Broadway sensation Newsweek calls "a landmark event in entertainment."

Thru - Jan 17, 2016



Price: $35-$180

Show Type: Musical

Running Time: 2hrs 30mins; one intermission

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Chicago Tribune - Highly Recommended

"...So it's one thing to admit that you cannot argue with this level of success. It's another to note that very few phenomena in live entertainment stay absolutely at the top of their unchanged game for 18 years. By the time "Hamilton" reaches this point, Lin-Manuel Miranda will have so much money, he'll be appearing on his own $10 bills."
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Chris Jones


Chicago Sun Times - Highly Recommended

"...“The Lion King” is that rare creature that should, if at all possible, be seen in its original incarnation. Much of its grandeur — both musical and visual — will simply be unreproducible on a reduced scale. Consider the show’s spectacular opening scene, with its gathering of animals both great and small embodied by actors in the most elaborate, brilliantly engineered costumes that mix a vast array of sophisticated forms of puppetry, mask work and costuming: Slender giraffes ambling onto the stage on “stilts”; antelopes leaping by way of wheeled contraptions; an enormous elephant ambling down the theater aisle; birds on swirling sticks; a panther in pure dance mode ready to pounce; zebras at a modest trot. It’s a stunner no matter how many times you may have experienced it."
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Hedy Weiss


Chicago Reader - Somewhat Recommended

"...Unlike Disney's efficient 75-minute animated feature, Taymor's semistatic two-and-a-half-hour pageant pays scant attention to the fundamentals of storytelling. All the inventive puppetry, glorious choral singing, and eye-popping scenery serves mostly to glorify itself. And does Patrick R. Brown really have to make villainous Scar so queeny?"
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Justin Hayford


ShowBizChicago - Highly Recommended

"...It is hard to believe that Disney’s The Lion King celebrates its 18th year as the reigning king of Broadway, with tours all over the world. Now in a seven-week engagement at the Cadillac Palace Theatre I was reminded why it is still one of the most popular shows that Disney has created and one of the most popular shows running. This is the fourth tour of this show that I have seen and it still moves me, engages my imagination, stirs my senses and touches my heart in a profound way."
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James Murray


ChicagoCritic - Highly Recommended

"...The Lion King is such a wonderful spectacle with such an appealing story, it is virtually certain to please any audience. Only very small children might have some difficulty with the hyenas; I estimate that elementary schoolers and above will love the show, as do most adults—unless they get stuck too close to the bongos. This is still Julie Taymor’s production, unchanged and undiminished from 1997. Having not seen it before and having known of Taymor mainly through the infamous Spiderman: Turn off the Dark, seeing The Lion King was also, for me, an interesting look at theatre history and Taymor’s place in it. Despite its, age, the design is still fresh. But as brilliant as the concept is, credit for the tour’s continuing success has to go to the amazingly hard-working actors and crew. It takes a lot of muscle-power to make those masks and puppets move, but they do so with grace and precision. And their voices are pretty good, too."
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Jacob Davis


Around The Town Chicago - Highly Recommended

"...The audience was clearly ready and waiting for “The Lion King” on opening night, judging by the cheers that greeted the first notes sung by Rafiki the Mandrill (Mukelisiwe Goba). I could see expressions of sheer awe on the faces of children near me as animals – everything from giraffes to elephants – walked up the aisles toward the stage. Everything about “The Lion King” is larger than life!"
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Carol Moore


NewCity Chicago - Highly Recommended

"...Eighteen years later, "The Lion King" still stands out as director/costume designer/mask co-designer Julie Taymor's crowning theatrical achievement. The Chicago run, which includes references to Garrett Popcorn and "Frozen," is selling out quickly. This six-time Tony Award-winning musical is a show everyone should see at least once."
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Mary Kroeck


Chicagoland Theater Reviews - Highly Recommended

"...“The Lion King” will make its greatest impact on viewers attending a production for the first time, when the imagination and creativity of Taymor’s special effects will be a revelation. Adults who saw the show as children are now taking their own children and in the fullness of time the pleasures of the musical will carry into a third generation and beyond. In New York City, “The Lion King” ranks among Broadway’s top box office hits with no sign of slowing down. Seven weeks probably won’t be long enough to satisfy the local demand, especially during the holiday season, but the show is likely to revisit Chicago again, and again, and again."
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Dan Zeff


Chicago Theater Beat - Highly Recommended

"...The first time one sees this show, it's generally the opening number - "The Circle of Life" - with the parade of animals coming to honor the birth of the new prince cub - that people notice and remember. Even on repeated viewings, and this is my third, the life-sized puppets - especially the elephants - continue to amaze. I've seen real elephants in the wild in Africa. They're amazing, but Julie Taymor's puppet elephants are no less so."

John Olson


Chicagoland Musical Theatre - Highly Recommended

"...Broadway in Chicago hosts the touring company at the Cadillac Palace through the holidays, to the delight of longtime devotees as well as those making their initial live excursion to Pride Rock. Of course, most are aware this awesome amalgamation of sound, color and light to the theatrical extreme came on the heels of Disney's 1994 successful cartoon movie of the same title. Both the movie and stage scores are penned by Sir Elton John with lyrics by longtime collaborator Tim Rice."
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Barry Reszel


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