This weekend in London I had two great evenings where I lived some of my favorite childhood and adolescent memories; a Spice Girls concert and seeing the revamped Lion King production.
Spice Girls was planned for my friend Ali’s birthday (which is actually in a few weeks) and knowing she was a massive fan growing up we got tickets and headed to Wembley Stadium on Friday after work. The original cast was there, minus Posh, and did phenomenal job – from the set list to the choreography to the costumes. I loved the moments of confetti and fireworks and was actually really surprised how much I enjoyed the opener, Jess Glynne. The outfit I chose has not usually what I would have worn but the combination of us having standing tickets on the pitch (field) and that it was a bit cold (under 60 degrees), I opted for a dress with sneakers and leather jacket.
Then Saturday night, on a bit of a whim, my boyfriend and I got last minute tickets to see The Lion King. With row M seats in the orchestra I was singing along nearly the entire time and at intermission marvelled at how much the production had changed (or how much I had forgotten since I first saw it in 2002). However, I overheard a conversation while in line for the restroom that to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the play Disney had revamped a ton of the costumes and some of the dialogue. In particular I loved the quips about Ikea shower curtains, family members who tweet too much, and the Frozen “Let it Go” singalong. Like all Broadway / West End shows there are no photos allowed but here are a few before and after the show!
It was a great childhood throwback weekend and now I just want to do it all again!