Wednesday, October 1, 2008

The Las Vegas King...



The Walt Disney Company, specifically Walt Disney Theatrical Productions is moving into interesting and risky territory by bringing its hit musical "The Lion King" to the Las Vegas strip next spring. The box office hit will play for crowds at the Mandalay Bay in May.

Unlike most Broadway musicals that play in Vegas, "King" will be seen in its full-length, original version rather than a 90-minute cut. Show is set to occupy the Madalay Bay's theater as soon as vacated by "Mamma Mia!" ends its run on January 4, 2009.

It'll be interesting seeing how the family production will play in a decidedly "Adult" city... remember the old saying that: "Vegas is Disneyland for adults".

We'll soon know if it's also for families...

5 comments:

Jessie said...

SO many families end up in Las Vegas (I know I've been on a trip there many a time despite lack of ability to gamble or drink) - I think families are always trying to find something to do there .. this will probably be a welcomed addition, especially during the summer season.

Anonymous said...

State motto: The family state for families
Former state motto: The prostitution state

Anonymous said...

25 years ago, the only thing in Las Vegas that appealed to kids was the Circus Circus Hotel/Casino. They put on free circus acts every hour and a half from 11 am to Midnight, and had an awesome video game/pinball arcade, along with a huge carnival midway. I won myself a Sam the Eagle since i wanted a piece of Olympic history. Now, you've got tons of places in Vegas that appeal to the family such as the Star Trek Enterprise for example. I think this will do pretty well.

urban myth said...

Great. The kids can go see the shows and mom and dad can gamble away the family savings.

Now that's a way to appeal to everyone in the house. Both yours and the casinos.

Colt and Maggie said...

I think that shows like the Lion King not only appeal to families, but also to seniors. Lets face it most members of the "Greatest Generations" would not be lining up to see Avenue Q (which played on the strip a while ago) or Hair. I think that the Lion King will do well there the same way shows like Phantom of the Opera have by not just giving families a good option but attracting an older crowd of adults. I think my mom's Red Hat group is already in line to buy tickets.

-Colt