The Lion King | Cadillac Palace Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

The Lion King Closing (Theater and Galleries) Member Picks The Short List (Theater)

When: Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through Nov. 27 2010

The Lion King is a strange beast. On the one hand, it touches on classic themes having to do with the natural order of things and how it's affected by evil. On the other, it embodies those themes in a bunch of anthropomorphized animals whose ideas about what constitutes order aren't so much classic as backward. As you no doubt know, this musical-cum-institution based on a famous Disney cartoon tells the story of Simba, a lion prince who, denied his throne through treachery, has to endure exile before he can take it back. That's fine. But throughout the show it's made clear that Simba's best friend and prospective mate, Nala, is braver, smarter, and more self-aware than he is. And she can beat him up any time she feels like it, too. So why does she have to wait for him to recognize his responsibilities before she can respond to the tyranny that's been imposed on her pride? Why isn't she the lion king? --Tony Adler

Price: $25-$97



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