The story of “The Lion King” has been a part of childhoods since 1994. Three years after the movie came out, creator and director Julie Taymor wowed audiences with the stage musical version on Broadway. With “The Lion King” opening its 20th anniversary tour in Syracuse, her life-like creations have almost begun to take on a life of their own. Taymor may have created something so much larger than life that, after two decades, actors have a difficult time living up to it.
The show is still gorgeous. Even with a revamped production that allows for performances in smaller venues, the visuals remain undeniably impressive. The colorful creatures in “I Just Can’t Wait to Be King” in Act One and the appearance of Mufasa in the night sky in Act Two are prominent examples.