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Best first Broadway show to see: Lion King or Phantom of the Opera?

Asked by saservp (291 points ) February 12th, 2012

I have a relative from out of the country visiting. We want to go to a Broadway show but are torn between Lion King or Phantom of the Opera. Have you seen both? Which is the best to see?

I’ve only been to one Broadway show in my life, Beauty and the Beast about 10 years ago, and it was fantastic, but I can’t figure out which to choose now!

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College_girl's avatar

Phantom!!!!!! I saw if on Broadway when I was younger. Front row seats….EPIC! I could go on about it!

Fun fact: I’ve met Patty Cohenour (I believe that is how it’s spelled) who was a standby for Sarah Brightman and later replaced her as Christine. I had the privilege of working for her for a week each year for three years. Was amazing to hear her sing and to be taught by her

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muppetish's avatar

They’re too completely different kinds of musicals, though. One is a story about a hero, family, and has contemporary music. It’s colourful, lots of contemporary dance, and intricate costuming (including puppetry.) The other is a love story with a modern operatic orchestration. It’s much more traditional than the former.

So the real question is, what kind of experience are you looking for?

Personally, I would go see The Lion King. But I’m totally biased because Phantom of the Opera isn’t exactly my favourite musical.

King_Pariah's avatar

I’d go Phantom, totally unbiased ~ loved the book, probably watched EVERY movie, watched on Broadway twice

MollyMcGuire's avatar

Lion King. Loved it. Have on the sweatshirt I bought there years ago.

Aethelflaed's avatar

Phantom. I will never not go see Phantom. Lion King… eh.

OpryLeigh's avatar

Whilst the Lion King is a great show (and one I’d recommend as an introduction to theatre for younger audiences or theatre newbies) I cannot get enough of Phantom. I am going to see it next week having already seen it a few times and I have seen the Lion King about 4 times also.

saservp's avatar

Thanks everyone, got Phantom tickets! orchestra row n center at majestic theatre, can’t wait

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