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The Lion King [Original Broadway Cast]

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Review

Walt Disney Pictures had its fourth straight massive hit with an animated movie musical in the summer of 1994, a tale of the coming of age of a young lion. The movie studio changed composers, replacing Alan Menken, who scored The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, and Aladdin, with Hans Zimmer (instrumental score) and Elton John (songs); lyricist Tim Rice, who took over on Aladdin after the death of Howard Ashman, remained in place. John took a leaf from the Paul Simon Graceland songbook and filled his music with references to South African mbaqanga. But there wasn't that much of it: We're only talking about five songs here, three of which are repeated at the end in versions by John (one of those, "Can You Feel the Love Tonight," became a hit single). And an already-padded soundtrack was further padded with four excerpts from Zimmer's score. Pretty skimpy, all things considered, but that didn't keep this album from topping the charts as the movie harvested hundreds of millions of dollars all summer. ~ William Ruhlmann
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Circle of Life Original Broadway Cast 4:29
  3. 2 Grasslands Chant Original Broadway Cast 2:19
  4. 3 The Morning Report Original Broadway Cast 2:29
  5. 4 The Lioness Hunt Original Broadway Cast 2:3
  6. 5 I Just Can't Wait to Be King Original Broadway Cast 3:0
  7. 6 Chow Down Original Broadway Cast 3:14
  8. 7 They Live in You Disney 2:56
  9. 8 Be Prepared Original Broadway Cast 3:24
  10. 9 The Stampede Original Broadway Cast 2:37
  11. 10 Rafiki Mourns Tsidi Leloka 2:2
  12. 11 Hakuna Matata Original Broadway Cast 3:9
  13. 12 One by One Lebo M. 1:49
  14. 13 The Madness of King Scar Original Broadway Cast 5:24
  15. 14 Shadowland Original Broadway Cast 4:27
  16. 15 The Lion Sleeps Tonight Lebo M. 1:4
  17. 16 Endless Night Original Broadway Cast 4:38
  18. 17 Can You Feel the Love Tonight Original Broadway Cast 4:56
  19. 18 He Lives in You (Reprise) Original Broadway Cast 4:10
  20. 19 Simba Confronts Scar Original Broadway Cast 2:25
  21. 20 King of Pride Rock / Circle of Life (Reprise) Original Broadway Cast 3:20

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