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Some people forgo seeing Broadways The Lion King because they assume it’s a musical for kids. They fear being the only ones childless in the audience. Then there are others who fear taking their children due to their young age! They don’t want to be the only ones with kids in tow ruining people’s date nights. In reality, both kids and adults will love this production & I’m here to spill the beans on how kid friendly The Lion King really is!
Two weeks ago hubby & I had a date night planned to attend The Lion King when the tour made a stop in Buffalo. Unfortunately for us, the stomach flu hit our house that week and when date night finally came, hubby was to sick to take me. Since I had an extra ticket I decided heck! I will take my 5 year old. She loves The Lion King movie, so she should love the Broadway version even more.
Since this was supposed to be a date night for my husband & I and not the Mommy/Daughter date the evening turned into, our tickets were for the 8pm show. I was definitely nervous thinking I would be one of the only moms with a 5 year old in tow for such a late show. Good news for me, kids everywhere! If the only show your family can make is the late one, your kids will be one of hundreds in attendance. However, as much as my daughter enjoyed the musical, she did start to get tired at the end. The yawns didn’t stop the last few songs of the second act. I would really suggest taking your little ones to the matinee if possible, but as I said above, if a matinee isn’t possible, your kids will fit right in at the later show. Just make sure they get a nap in so they can stay up late!
Personally, I didn't find The Lion King that scary. The way Mufasa's death is staged is a production marvel and isn't bad or terrifying. Mufasa’s death in movie, way scarier than the theater version! If your kiddo is fine with the movie, the broadway version won’t bother them one bit since the scene is so artistically done.
There was a little girl right in front of us who I would believe to have been around two-three year old and she was just captivated through the whole 2 and a half hour show! No fear cries from her at all! Only “happy noises”.
My five year old? She already knew Mufasa dies from watching the movie, so she knew the scene was coming and didn’t think anything of it since death is part of the story.
My suggestion? If your child hasn’t watched The Lion King movie, before buying tickets for the Broadway musical, sit down and watch the movie with your child. If they are scared of the movie, then maybe they aren’t old enough for the musical. If they are fine with the movie, the Broadway production won’t bother them one bit since any “scary parts” are very artistically done. They won’t even realize it was a death scene unless they know the story line!
Worth The Money?
I was honored to go see The Lion King. It is THE MOST WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE I've had with my daughter in a long time. It is just incredible! The actual production, puppets and costumes were just plain fascinating. I would not have wanted my child to have missed the experience! Definitely a night she will remember for years!
With that being said, I would only suggest taking children under five if they are known for behaving well. My daughter is an only child who spends a lot of her time around adults, so sitting through a musical isn’t that big of a deal. She’s been sitting still in public settings for years copying the adults around her. She can sit still just fine knowing she can get up and take a walk during intermission. Buying snacks at the concessions before the show to snack on can also keep an antsy child still if they get bored.
If your child can’t sit through a movie at the theater, chances are they won’t make it though a musical.
The only question you need to ask to ask yourself is, Can they sit for an hour? If the answer is yes, buy that ticket! I promise you will not regret it! The audience is filled with kids, so kids talking every once in awhile to ask questions etc, perfectly fine.
If the answer is no, I might wait a year to purchase tickets since your kiddo really does need to sit for around an hour before they can get up during intermission. $75+ for a ticket is A LOT to spend if you’re going to be spending most of that time out of your seat since your kiddo couldn’t sit still.
One absolute - don't run late and miss the opening scene. It's awe-inspiring. I almost cried!!!
One more suggestion, first row of the balcony is best, especially with little ones. Next time I take my daughter to any show, that’s where I’m hoping to score seats!
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