The Lion King musical had its final show last night in Montreal, ending its 20 day tour in our beautiful city. Following its first visit to Montreal in 2011, the spectacular performance wowed Montrealers of all ages.
My love for this musical masterpiece goes beyond the nostalgia evoked from the soundtrack, bringing me back to the days spent watching the Disney classic on my family room floor with my Simba stuffed-animal companion. From the minute the lights dimmed, I could not wipe the smile off my face. Needless to say, I’m sure I wasn’t the only spectator who left Place-des-Arts with a cramp in my cheeks caused by beaming from ear-to-ear for over two hours.
The acting was on-point, with each character perfectly represented. The dancing eloquently incorporated animalistic movement with perfected technique. The singing captured all hearts, filling Salle Wilfred-Pelletier with feeling and immediacy. What I want to focus on here, however, is the costume design. The Lion King Musical truly is a visual art; a real sensory experience breaking away from the Disney-like stereotypes. It’s this performance which has been drawing me towards several of our new fall 2015 prints.
So maybe you’re not a ferocious keeper of your animal kingdom, and maybe you will never have the opportunity to prance like a gazelle to the tune of Circle of Life (unless you’re in the privacy of your own home). But, you can draw inspiration from the animal prints, warm colored tones, and geometrical patterns all descriptive of this mesmerizing performance.
Which musicals have inspired you?