Review: The Lion King Musical Singapore Production

Jonathan Andrew Hume as Simba in the Singapore production of The Lion King

9 March 2011, Singapore – The Lion King celebrates its debut in Southeast Asia.  Brought in jointly with Disney Theatrical Productions, BASE Entertainment and Marina Bay Sands, it is now Singapore ‘s turn to embrace and enjoy the award-winning Broadway musical and join the 54 million people worldwide who have been wowed by the show.

Despite a smaller stage compared to the show I watched at the Lyceum Theatre in London, tonight’s show was spectacular. No details were spared to ensure the audience in Singapore would be able to enjoy the same experience of The Lion King in any part of the world.

The cast performed to an almost full theatre. Warren David Saga who assumed the role of Young Simba was very cute and extremely energetic. At one point during the show, I was tempted to run up the stage and pinch his cheeks!!

Jonathan Andrew Hume played the role of adult Simba well. Earlier this afternoon I asked Jonathan if he had picked up any Singlish during his stay in Singapore and he replied coyly that he’s still working on it as he is still unable to pronounce the words accurately.

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Thrilled by the grand entrance, the Singaporean flavour, the antics of Timon and Zazu, the powerful voice of Rafiki, the professionalism of Jonathan and Puleng, colourful costumes, amazing props and the show ended with a standing ovation.

Tear jerker songs such as Circle of Life and He Lives In Me brought memories of watching the production previously.  The sound track is available in a double CD at the Theatre Store at Sands Theatre.

Puleng March plays Nala

This production of The Lion King brought into Singapore by BASE Entertainment, has been developed specifically for the region and the Sands Theatre at Marina Bay Sands.

On stage, director Julie Taymor’s creative vision blends elements of African art and Broadway artisanship to depict anthropomorphic animal characters.  The sardonic and deviously cunning “Scar” is played by Patrick Brown.  Jean Luc Guizonne aka Jee-L is “Mufasa”, the great warrior and ruler of the Pridelands.  Gugwana Dlamini is the wise baboon shaman “Rafiki”.  Lyall Ramsden plays the prim and proper horn billed bird “Zazu”.  Pierre van Heerden is the carefree warthog “Pumbaa” and Jamie McGregor is the wisecracking meerkat “Timon”.  Mufasa’s son, Simba, the lion prince born to be king is played by Jonathan Andrew Hume and Puleng March is the loyal lioness “Nala”.

The three evil hyenas are played by Lavina Williams, Simon Gwala and Michael Bagg.  “Young Simba” is alternated between Lance Reblando, Leon Matawaran and Warren David Saga and “Young Nala” is alternated between Christina De Leon, Myka Torre and Nikki Samonte.

You can catch The Lion King Tuesday to Sunday evenings at 8pm and Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2pm.   You can get tickets at the Sands Theatre Box Office or SISTIC outlets by calling +65 6348 5555 or via the internet at www.lionking.com.sg.  Ticket prices start from S$65.  Platinum packages, which includes prime seat locations, a souvenir gift, S$10 merchandise voucher and a drink, are also available at S$240.

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16 Comments

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  2. Musical Tickets London says:

    Great review of a great musical. I think Lion King is possibly the best musical of all time and I can’t see it stopping any time soon. Glad to see it’s going strong in Singapore, keep it going by buying more Lion King Tickets

  3. I watched this and I loved the movie, and love musicals but this was really awful. The first half was terrible, the singing was unenergetic.. the circle of life was unmoving. Fortunately the second half after the intermission improved but overall I left feeling very disappointed

  4. Just a question. Would you know how much are they selling the souvenir programs? How bout the other souvenirs? Thanks.

  5.     I loved it 100% four thumbs up I recommend anyone. Run don”t walk to see it . Seth 

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  9. woww what a Brilliant performance in Singapore on lion king musical. Especially all cast had performed their best and its looks full of energetic.

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  15. I thought this musical was one of the best out there. I saw Wicked, American Idiot, Chicago, and Avenue Q, and I must say that this show was the best of them all when I went to New York.

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