Put The Lion King on Your Radar Screen: The Large Screen, the Small Screen and On the Stage

Lion King“The Lion King” live stage musical is the most successful production of any work in any media in entertainment, and it deserves to be.  It is having a run around the country and it is a great treat to enjoy with grandchildren, and introduce them to a live theatre musical performance.  On the Lion King website, you can see when it is coming to your area in 2018 and 2019.  You can sign up for the latest schedule updates.    Or, you can make New York City a family vacation location and see it on Broadway.

See previous posts on enjoying New York City with grandchildren.*

Yes, since 1997, when Lion King opened on Broadway, Disney has an ongoing hit, moneymaker and  industry.  We can buy the original 1994 animated movie, one of the highest grossing  animated musical movies on Amazon in various formats.

There are books and coloring books for every age, including infant, on Amazon to introduce our grandchildren to the joy of reading the fabulous story of the Lion King.

There are Lion King toys and stuffed animals.

There is even a Lion King themed nursery that can be created.

And, why not start now at birth!  After all, the first animated movie of Lion King is up for a remake, due to be in movie theaters July 2019, and a newborn will be just the age to see the movie as a toddler when it is released.

The cast for the animated remake has already been announced, and the stars are spectacular.  We can build excitement for Beyonce as Nala, Simba’s childhood friend who later becomes his partner.  James Earl Jones returns as Mufasa.  Others who have signed on included Donald Glover who will lend his voice to and play Simba; Chiwetel Ejiofor as Simba’s brother, Scar; Alfre Woodard will play Sarabi, Mufasa’s wife and Simba’s mother.

The only caveat is to always check Common Sense Media before introducing anything such as the Lion King to your grandchild.

As they say,

“Parents need to know that The Lion King is considered one of Disney’s greatest animated musicals, but it does have some scary moments. The most disturbing violence is the death of Simba’s father, Mufasa, by a stampede of wildebeests. The bloodthirsty hyenas, who scavenge for food and threaten Simba and his friends, are also frightening. But despite a few sad sequences and a few evil characters, the overall message is one of hope, love, and family responsibility. Note: The movie’s 2011 theatrical rerelease is in 3D, which adds to the intensity of the more frightening scenes.”

Common Sense Media recommends introducing Lion King to age six and up.  However, there are so many ways to prepare grandchildren for the remake before July 2019.  There is plenty of time to introduce the story in print, and possibly providing the opportunity for the grandchildren to see the stage performance.

Most of all, we can mark our calendars for next summer, summer 2019, and reserve our grandparent space to be the first to take our grandchildren to what is expected to be the greatest Lion King extravaganza yet.

 

Joy,

 

Mema

 

*previous New York City posts:

 

Perfect New York City Vacation for Grandchildren with Grandma and Grandpa

Perfect New York City Vacation for Grandchildren with Grandma and Grandpa

New York Broadway Plays for Grandchildren

New York Broadway Plays for Grandchildren

Top Eight Tips for Visiting New York City With Toddlers and Preschoolers

Top Eight Tips for Visiting New York City With Toddlers and Preschoolers

A New Marvel Brings A New Reason to Bring Grandchildren to New York City To Experience Being A Fish Under The Sea

A New Marvel Brings A New Reason to Bring Grandchildren to New York City To Experience Being A Fish Under The Sea

Exploring the MET: The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York is a Hidden Treasure Destination for Grandchildren

Exploring the MET: The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York is a Hidden Treasure Destination for Grandchildren

 

 

 

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