The world famed The Lion King by Disney brought an African safari to Brisbane as they introduced the pridelands through a spectacular performance.
Coming straight from The Minskoff Theatre on Broadway in New York City, The Lion King captured the attention of almost 2000 spectators in anticipation of South African Buyi Zama’s incredible voice.
Performing as the mandrill monkey and spiritual healer, Rafiki, Zama spread an immediate wave of amazement and admiration over Brisbane as she began opened the performance with The Circle of Life.
As Zama captured the nostalgia of all with her melody, a graceful herd of animals powerfully made their way through the lower level crowds and on to the main stage, amazing all with their beauty and magnificence.
From a South African safari came wild rhinoceroses, hovering birds, mother and baby elephants, gazelles and lions. Each glorious animal was individually designed as a stunning puppet with inspired costumes and detailed masks that brought Director Julie Taymor’s vision of the African savannah to life.
As the 10th production running concurrently across the globe, The Lion King gave a glimpse into the traditions and tribes of South Africa through cultural hair and makeup with painted face and body artwork in earth tones and vibrant yellows, chili reds and deep blues representing the likes of the skies, waters and minerals.
The Lion King also focused on enriching costumes that boasted ancestral prints and patterns, shell beading and wooden props.
With an international cast from Brisbane, Zimbabwe, China, Thailand, Malaysia, the Philippines, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Brazil and the United States, Disney’s The Lion King claimed nostalgia over the audience with a stunning and spectacular theatrical performance.
Details: Lyric Theatre, QPAC, Cultural Precinct, South Bank, Brisbane | 21 September 2015 to 25 January 2015 | $50.00 to $195.00 | http://www.qpac.com.au
The Lion King. Images provided by the Queensland Performing Arts Centre.