Disney’s most successful (and let’s face it, only worthwhile) Broadway show, “The Lion King,” has made its way to Syracuse. It’s being performed nightly at the Crouse-Hinds Theater at the Civic Center.
For theater-lovers, Syracuse’s biggest downfall is its lack of theater scene. The Syracuse Stage puts on incredible student and professional productions, but there’s nothing like being in a city filled to the brim with great, professional theater. So when a tour comes to town, I usually jump at the opportunity.
Despite my lifelong love of Broadway, I’ve never made it to see the “Lion King.” Maybe it’s because it’s usually the show parents use to introduce their children to the world of theater, and by its 1999 premiere, I had been a miniature theatergoer for a few years already. It is a classic show, and one I’ve always wanted to see. If you miss it here though, it’s sure to be on Broadway for the next 20 years, so chances are you’ll have plenty of opportunities.
The show’s stint in Syracuse coincides with the film’s rerelease in theaters in 3-D (I feel I’ve heard more about the Lion King in the past two weeks than I have in the past 10 years), so make a day of it and see a matinee of the movie and the show at night!
The Lion King is only in Syracuse for another 10 days, so hurry and get your tickets while you can. The price is hefty for orchestra seats, but if you settle for the balcony you can save a few bucks (for future tickets, of course.)