The Circle of LifeSubmitted by U.S. Wealth Management of Boston on October 29th, 2019
By Tom Lally
I’m sorry to disappoint you if you thought this article was going to have some major life news. It’s actually about The Lion King. The massively popular Broadway musical has a North American tour that was just in Boston, and I was lucky enough to see the show recently.
It’s billed as the most successful musical ever, and it was an amazing show that absolutely met those high expectations. People openly cheered at many points in the middle of a scene. I got chills right at the very beginning, from the famous Zulu opening “nants ingonyama bagithi Baba” (and I bet you have probably never seen that line spelt out before). It runs almost 3 hours, which sounds long, but it absolutely flew by and I was so sorry when it was over. Though I wasn’t familiar with any of them, the entire cast was great. Particular standouts were Rafiki, Zazu, and Mufasa, and I was also blown away by the two children who played young Simba and Nala.
Even before I saw it, I found myself wondering what made this show so popular, especially since I’m not a very big fan of musicals in general. And after seeing it in person, I appreciate much more just why that’s the case. The scale of this production is massive; more than just a musical, it’s truly a visual spectacle. The first scene has giraffes which are actually actors with all four limbs on stilts and I’m still wondering how they do it.
And then of course there are so many timeless themes. The classic good versus evil. Growing up and accepting the responsibilities of adulthood. The pain of losing family members, but believing they are still always with us. Respecting all life and its place in the world. There were even some – admittedly, a bit stretched – parallels with our work, as Zazu and Rafiki show the importance of having a good advisor in your life to guide you along the way.
If you haven’t been, or even if you have, I can’t recommend this enough the next time the tour stops near you – or the next time you are in New York.
The author of this article is Tom Lally, Wealth Manager Assistant at U.S. Wealth Management.