Thank you to Dallas Summer Musicals for having us out for a wild night.
Gerald Ramsey as “Mufasa” in THE LION KING North American Tour.
©Disney. Photo by Deen van Meer.
Disney’s The Lion King has returned to Dallas Summer Musicals with a bang – or maybe I should say a “Roar!”
You can see The Lion King at the Music Hall at Fair Park from June 13 through July 7. The national touring group includes Mark Campbell as “Scar,” Gerald Ramsey as “Mufasa,” Mukelisiwe Goba as “Rafiki,” Nick Cordileone as “Timon,” Greg Jackson as “Zazu,” Ben Lipitz as “Pumbaa,” Jared Dixson as “Simba,” Nia Holloway as “Nala,” Keith Bennett as “Banzai,” Martina Sykes as “Shenzi” and Robbie Swift as “Ed.”
Gerald Caesar as “Simba” and company in THE LION KING North American Tour.
©Disney. Photo by Deen van Meer.
Disney’s The Lion King US North American Tour, Rafiki Tour opening night October 26 2017 at the Landmark Theatre, Syracuse cast: Gerald Caesar (Simba), Nia Holloway (Nala), Gerald Ramsey (Mufasa), Mark Campbell (Scar), Buyi Zama (Rafiki), Greg Jackson (Zazu), Nick Cordileone (Timon), Ben Lipitz (Pumbaa), Keith Bennett (Banzai), Martina Sykes (Shenzi), Robbie Swift (Ed)
The North American touring productions of The Lion King have been seen by more than 19 million theatergoers. Having already played more than 70 cities across North America, The Lion King now proudly makes its return engagement to the Music Hall at Fair Park.
My daughter and I went to see the show and we were blown away. Mukelisiwe Goba as “Rafiki” was absolutely incredible – her voice is outstanding and her comedic timing is impeccable. My four year old couldn’t stop talking about her the entire car ride home.
Mukelisiwe Goba as “Rafiki” in THE LION KING North American Tour.
©Disney. Photo by Matthew Murphy
We also loved Mark Campbell as “Scar” – he was the perfect villain. Someone you loved to hate. His scenes with the hyenas were among our favorites.
Know Before You Go:
Traffic in Dallas can be unpredictable, so plan to arrive well before show time to allow for traffic and parking. They also close the doors right at show time and if you’re not in the theater, you’ll have to wait until after the opening number. (And let me just tell you, you do NOT want to miss the opening number! It is breathtaking.)
Experience the Savannah
Of course, before the show you’ll want to look through the merchandise and maybe grab a bite to eat, but for this production of The Lion King, Dallas Summer Musicals is offering a brand new experience called The Savannah.
The DSM Savannah is a chance to take it easy before the show in an air conditioned tent featuring food trucks with snacks for sale, face painting, and crafts for the kids.
There are even dedicated restroom facilities. Plus, each person who has a ticket to The Savannah gets a free snow cone from Kona Ice.
We loved beating the traffic and avoiding the crowd while chilling out in a little oasis just outside the venue.
Grab a Booster
If you have a little one who’s not quite tall enough to see, Music Hall at Fair Park has you covered. It costs $3 to rent a booster seat for the show. The sit right down in the seat and elevate the child to the height of the arm rest. They are super plush and very comfortable – I know they made a huge difference in my daughter’s show experience.
We had a blast during our trip to Fair Park – it was actually my little one’s first live musical and I couldn’t have picked a better show. She has been singing and dancing her way around the house. I’ve been called into the living room to watch musicals every day and I love it.
If you want to inspire a passion for the arts in your family, I would wholeheartedly recommend taking them to see Dallas Summer Musical’s production of The Lion King at the Music Hall in Fair Park. It will be the highlight of your summer!
“Lionesses Dance” in THE LION KING North American Tour.
©Disney. Photo Credit: Deen van Meer.
Find more information and get tickets here:
Tickets are currently on sale at DallasSummerMusicals.org or by calling Ticketmaster at (866) 870-2717. They can also be purchased in person at the Music Hall at Fair Park Box Office Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Orders for groups of ten (10) or more may be placed by calling (214) 426-4768 or emailing Groups@DallasSummerMusicals.org. VIP Ticket Packages, which include a prime seat location, a commemorative souvenir program and an exclusive merchandise item, are also available.
Nia Holloway as “Nala” Buyi Zama as “Rafiki” and “The Lionesses”
in THE LION KING North American Tour. ©Disney. Photo Credit: Deen van Meer
Following The Lion King, DSM‘s 2017-18 season will continue with the spellbinding sequel to The Phantom of the Opera, Love Never Dies: The Phantom Returns, July 24-August 5, 2018; and closing the season will be the hilarious new musical School of Rock, based on the hit film, August 15-26, 2018.
DSM will continue to bring the best of Broadway to North Texas in the 2018-19 season with shows like Hamilton, Disney’s Aladdin, Hello, Dolly!, Cameron Mackintosh’s new production of The Phantom of the Opera, Anastasia, Miss Saigon, Fiddler on the Roof and season add-ons Elf and The Book of Mormon.