‘The Lion King,’ ‘Hamilton’ and ‘Wicked’ return to Broadway — and it’s the heart that sings

So here I was again, now in Row G on the aisle, hearing over my shoulder the guileless commentary of another 5-year-old, Theodore Matthiessen, who happened to be sitting behind me with his dad, Alex, an environmentalist and a friend of Taymor’s. His sweet musings sounded so familiar: “He’s pretending to die, but he really isn’t,” I overheard him say of Mufasa (played by L. Steven Taylor), the lion king murdered by his brother, Scar (Stephen Carlile). I was transported back to the visage of my own 5-year-old beside me, watching the same scene, her eyes wide in wonder.




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