Disney animated features were never really the same after 1994s The Lion King. Its just impossible to imagine Treasure Planet being adapted into a Broadway productionespecially one worthy of the Tony Award for best musical, which the stage version of The Lion King picked up in 1998. Luckily, the touring version keeps chugging along, returning to the Orange County Performing Arts Center for a three-week run starting this week. There are some story changesRafiki is a female in the stage production, and theres a few added scenesbut it retains the beloved Elton John-scored, Tim Rice-penned soundtrack that made the film the highest-grossing traditionally animated movie in history, a title it still holds. Plus, the character of Timon probably had some influence on that show Meerkat Manor.
Tuesdays-Saturdays, 7:30 p.m.; Sundays, 1 & 6:30 p.m. Starts: May 26. Continues through June 13, 2010