“The Lion King” is an icon. You can see parents born in the 90s that have grown up with the movie bring their kids to see the musical. And both enjoy it in their own right! So, if you’re born somewhere in the mid-’80s or the early ’90s get yourself and your kid(s) (or nephews, godsons/goddaughters, cousins, etc.) tickets and head for a nostalgia trip to the Pride Lands!
Every story has its knight in shiny armor. The prince that slays the dragon, and saves the princess, rushes the bad guy and gets the fair lady from the train tracks, the one that saves the day! Raoul saves Christine, Hamilton gets all the fame and power, people all over Oz love Glinda, Simba becomes king, Cady dates Aaron. The list goes on. We understand them and we love them, but what about the bad guys? Regina? Scar? Jafar? Aaron Burr? The Wizard? The General from “The Book of Mormon”? It is not uncommon to sympathize with some of them, and quite often to even love them.
The story is set in the small town of Gander, on the island of Newfoundland, where 38 airplanes were landed during operation “Yellow Ribbon”, thus doubling the population of the town. This is all after the 9/11 attacks in New York, Washington DC and Shanksville, Pennsylvania It is the story of the kindness of the local people, “the Islanders” to the “come from aways”.
If you haven’t heard about “The Phantom of the Opera” then you probably lived on some very distant planet, because it is widely known on the closer ones. The 1910 novel by Gaston Leroux has turned into a global phenomenon and a franchise of its own.