(Charles Isherwood’s article appeared in The New York Times, 2/8; via Pam Green.)
“The Lion,” which opened at City Center in June, reopened Sunday night, at the Lynn Redgrave Theater at Culture Project, 45 Bleecker Street, at Lafayette Street, East Village; TheLionMusical.com. Following are excerpts from Charles Isherwood’s review, which appeared in The New York Times on June 30; the full text is here.
Benjamin Scheuer, the writer and star of “The Lion,” has a pretty mane of blond hair and a wide, friendly smile that’s cuter than a dozen kitty videos.
But underneath the boy-band good looks and the beaming enthusiasm lurk some pretty dark things, as we learn during this 70-minute autobiography in song and story. In “The Lion,” a Manhattan Theater Club production directed by Sean Daniels, Mr. Scheuer reflects on his turbulent life’s journey, and in particular his complicated relationship with his father, who inspired Mr. Scheuer’s love of music but also left him more troubling legacies.