If you have not the opportunity to see The Lion King broadway musical you have to find a way to attend. The production was unbelievable and the artistry of props and costumes really impressed me. I had a chance to attend with my lovely wife and 2 friends a few weeks ago in Minneapolis and it was a great time.
What also amazes me about the production is that is has be going on for 15 years and has earned over $6 billion in revenue. How does a story about lions and hyenas pull that kind of financial weight for so long? I believe it comes down to a couple of things:
Everyone can identify with the strong characters – there is a person like Mufasa, Simba, Scar, Nala, and Zazoo in everyone’s life. Their personalities are definitive yet relatable so you can immediately become a part of the story as you watch the plot unfolds.
The circle of life is definitely demonstrated in the story – while sad, Mufasa, the patriarch, passed on but makes way for his son Simba to take his place. This is something about the changing of the guard that we like to see – even if there is a period where things don’t go the way they should.
The story is timeless – we will be thinking about this story forever because all the elements are repeatable throughout life. This story is just as good in the 1990s as it will be in the 2090s.