By Elaine Liner
By Jim Schutze
By Rachel Watts
By Lauren Drewes Daniels
By Anna Merlan
By Lee Escobedo
The Lion King's book is miserably weak, and Elton John and Tim Rice's songs hit the nadir of pop corniness. Thank goodness then for the spectacular artistry of director-designer Julie Taymor's sets, costumes, masks and puppetry. The wildly exotic pictures she paints onstage--the enormous rising sun, the trompe l'oeil wildebeest stampede, the clever use of shadow, the dancers tumbling through the sky on wires--are jaw-droppingly beautiful.
The rest is just a silly excuse to sell souvenirs.
The Lion King continues through October 20 at the Music Hall at Fair Park. Call 214-631-ARTS.