The Lion King musical returns to the Hobby Center with its magnificent costumes, classic story of love, betrayal and perseverance, and memorable songs like “Circle of Life,” “I Just Can’t Wait to be King,” “Hakuna Matata” and “Can You Feel the Love Tonight.” Dashaun Young, who has played Simba on Broadway and the West End and in Vegas, is back on the tour and playing the “highest highs, lowest lows and highest highs” that mark the journey of the young prince. “I usually don’t get to jump into characters who go on a complete journey. It’s fun to play on a daily basis.” BBVA Compass Broadway Across America brings in the national tour for a return trip through Houston; if you haven’t seen it before, prepare to be impressed as actors continue to build on the vision of director Julie Taymor, who took a cartoon as a starting point and made the live version better and more breathtaking than anyone had previously imagined.
7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays; 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Sundays; and 2 p.m. Saturdays. Through July 23. Hobby Center, 800 Bagby. For information call 713-315-2525 or visit thehobbycenter.org. $54.50-$115.
An evil, scheming uncle teams up with a pack of no-good hyenas to bring down his brother’s reign as king by killing the monarch and getting rid of his son. Shakespearean in scope — and the winner of six Tony Awards — Disney’s