**** 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! I give it 4 Spotlights.
Disney’s “The Lion King” runs through January 17th at Cadillac Palace Theatre, 151 W. Randolph, Chicago. Performances are Wednesdays at 2:00 and 7:30 pm; Thursdays and Fridays at 7:30; Saturdays at 2:00 and 7:00; Sundays at 1:00 and 6:30, with additional performances on select dates. Check www.broadwayinchicago.com for times and dates of performances during the holidays. Running time is 2 hours, 30 minutes with an intermission. Tickets are $35-$180. The best parking option for Cadillac Palace is the garage on Franklin. FYI (800) 775-2000, www.ticketmaster.com or www.broadwayinchicago.com.
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