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The Lion King (Original Broadway Cast Recording) (Special 2-Disc Edition) [Cast Recording]

Mark Mancina, Heather Headley, London Theatre Orchestra, Elton John, The Lion King (Related Recordings), Hans Zimmer, Tim Rice, Ralph FarrisAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (January 12, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 1999
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Cast Recording
  • Label: Walt Disney Records
  • ASIN: B002YICN6U
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (252 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #883 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Circle of Life
2. Grasslands Chant
3. The Morning Report
4. The Lioness Hunt
5. I Just Can't Wait to be King
6. Chow Down
7. They Live in You
8. Be Prepared
9. The Stampede
10. Rafiki Mourns
11. Hakuna Matata
12. One by One
13. The Madness of the King Scar
14. Shadowland
15. The Lion Sleeps Tonight
16. Endless Night
17. Can You Feel the Love Tonight
18. He Lives in You (Reprise)
19. Simba Confronts Scar
20. King of Pride Rock/Circle of Life (Reprise)BONUS:Second DVD Disc: Behind the Scenes (video content)

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Over 45 million people worldwide have come to discover the wonder, the majesty, and the experience that is The Lion King. On the CD, the score features Elton John and Tim Rice's music from the animated film along with 3 new songs composed by the duo and a

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40 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't Wait to be King July 6, 2005
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
It's a story that rips off everything from HAMLET to one of Japan's favorite animated films. The original score was basically a redo of music from a different film (Hans Zimmer and Lebo M. previously collaborated on THE POWER OF ONE). The songs were by a great singer/songwriter who hadn't ever written a musical, and a lyricist who appeared to have had his best days behind him. And yet, when THE LION KING opened in theaters in 1994, it blew everyone away.

When Disney announced it would hire famed puppet theater director Julie Taymor to adapt the show for Broadway, a collective intake of breath could be heard around the world. Theater enthusiasts felt Taymor was selling out. Disneyphiles worried that the beloved story would be bloated beyond recognition. And the kids? Well, they just couldn't figure out how Simba would get off the screen and onto the stage.

The rest, as they say, is history. Disney's THE LION KING broke all records on Broadway (until THE PRODUCERS, years later), won a record number of Tonys and continues to play to packed houses both on tour and on the Great White Way.

What makes it work? An amazing collaboration between Taymor, Zimmer, Lebo M., John, Rice, and a few others. Where it lacks percussive power due to the nature of a theater orchestra, it makes up in emotional resonance and an increased emphasis on the deep feelings invoked by the story.

The familiar songs from the film are present, although Rafiki is no longer Robert Guillame's wily old baboon. Rafiki is now an extremely wise (though she occasionaly plays the fool) female baboon with some of the best lines, and certainly several of the best vocal moments in the entire show.
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FOLLOWING A BAD TREND, BUT JERKING THE TEARS September 12, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
If you're thinking of not buying this CD because you already have the movie soundtrack, HOLD IT RIGHT THERE! Not only does the Original Broadway Cast Recording have more songs than there are in the movie, but the original songs have been adapted and, in some cases, lengthened quite a lot. To be honest, there are a few poor attempts of "filler" and trying to add something with a rock edge, but the beautiful, rhythmic african chants and additions such as "Shadowland" and "Endless Night" bring tears to my eyes. They're worth paying for the entire thing. This CD gives you more of an emotional look at all of the characters and their despair. Disney followed the same trend they did with BEAUTY by adding a dozen songs with only a couple worth listening to, but they're tear jerkers and if you just sit back and listen to the chants and ballads, they're sure to touch your heart as they did mine... just skip the stuff in between. But it's a MUST HAVE for anyone even SLIGHTLY interested. Cuz I'm not even a Lion King Movie fan.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this cd! May 9, 2000
By Sallia
Format:Audio CD
In my opinion, The Lion King is one of the best stories out there. I love the movie and the play. The play's soundtrack is better than the movie's though. With songs that were not even in the movie (The Morning Report, Endless Night, They Live In You, etc) this soundtrack seems more complete. All of the songs featured are incredible. They all have a certain amount of pep that can cheer me up after a hard day. All of the artists featured are incredibley gifted and are going somewhere as far as Broadway goes. I highly reccommend this to anyone who loves The Lion King as much as I do.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Innovative Theatre Meets Family Entertainment November 27, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
First of all, to address some of the other reviewers who didn't believe "The Lion King" deserved the Tony: What the American Theatre Wing recognized is an historic and important step in theatre history. "The Lion King" on Broadway didn't attempt to merely transfer the cartoon images of the movie onto the stage (a la Beauty and the Beast). Instead, through the guidance of genius director and designer Julie Taymor, the glorious story was lifted and transformed through mask, puppetry, and dance into a multi-disciplinary wonder. I'm a professional puppeteer, and the response of the puppetry community to this show is staggering. Curriculums are being reworked, new parterships are forming, and a puppetry renaissance has begun.
Now, onto this CD: I can understand that if you haven't seen the staged version, you wouldn't expect to hear the changes that have been made to the soundtrack. Fortunately, I was given the CD "Rhythm of the Pridelands" before seeing the show. Many of the new songs are from that album, which was new music inspired by the movie "Lion King" and written by Lebo M, the talented African artist whose voice you hear in the movie version of "Circle of Life." This soundtrack is a unique and exciting blending of the original soundtrack and "Pridelands," and has an organic and harmonious feel to it. The new African chants serve to balance the more cutesy tunes from the movie. In the end, there is something for everyone. Listen without prejudice, and discover the beauty of the music.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT CD February 18, 2002
Format:Audio CD
The broadway musical "The Lion King" is a combination of incredible musical talent and vocal performance. That is why it would be sad NOT to buy this cd. If you have seen the animated version of Lion King release by Disney, you will find all the great songs like "Just can't wait to be king" and "Circle of life" (here comes the lion). Yet in addition will find a very fun song in which the hyenas sing about there soon coming meal of Simba and Nala. Also included on the cd are fun versions of "The Lion Sleeps tonight" as well as songs found on Disney's sequel to "The Lion King", called "Simba's Pride". All the great ones and some new ones are found. If you have a choice between buying the original soundtrack and the broadway musical version...buy the Broadway version. The music is better and the vocal talent incredible!
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