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  The Lion at Geffen Playhouse

The Lion

Geffen Playhouse
10886 Le Conte Avenue Los Angeles

Singer-songwriter Benjamin Scheuer is known for his stunning lyrics, which have won him such recognition as the 2013 ASCAP Foundation Cole Porter Award for songwriting. His newest show, The Lion, earned Scheuer the 2015 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Solo Performance. Here, Scheuer uses his guitar -- actually, six guitars -- to tell his own gripping coming-of-age story. It's a journey from boyhood to manhood, through good times and bad, showing the incredible healing power of music. Don't miss Scheuer's much-lauded off-Broadway hit, called "an irresistible winner" and "deeply moving" by New York Daily News, at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles.

Thru - Feb 19, 2017

Price: $60-$82

Show Type: Drama

Box Office: 310-208-5454

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Los Angeles Times - Highly Recommended

"...Scheuer has made an album out of "The Lion," but the engagement at the Geffen is the last stop on a two-year tour and the last time, he says, he will perform the piece live. In other words, a good time to get tickets."
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Margaret Gray

Broadway World - Highly Recommended

"...Scheuer is a mesmerizing performer/musician and being in his presence as his emotions exploded through his song lyrics as he shared the turbulent story of his family life, how his father inspired his son's musical talent by creating a "Cookie-tin Banjo" so he could play along with him from a very early age, meeting his first love Julia on a platform at Grand Central Station, to his own brush with mortality, all the while accompanying himself with his supporting cast of six guitars. It is a theatre experience I will not soon forget. Like its hero, THE LION roars"
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Shari Barrett

Stage and Cinema - Recommended

"...The Lion is bewitching, both in its intention and in its performance. It is also a perfect show for thoughtful teenagers, especially those with musical storytelling aspirations. Mr. Scheuer's singing and guitar playing are moving and solid; they work well in this show."
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Tony Frankel

Stage Scene LA - Highly Recommended

"...One man, six guitars, fifteen songs, and Benjamin Scheuer's extraordinary true-life tale add up to twenty-two reasons not to miss the Geffen Playhouse L.A. Premiere of the award-winning international sensation The Lion."
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Steven Stanley

ArtsInLA - Recommended

"...Scheuer is the quintessential product of singer-songwriters from a groundbreaking generation past, a Leonard Cohen or Cat Stevens or James Taylor for the millennium, only taken a step further with a personal tale he shares without filter or embellishment-and we, his sufficiently mesmerized and emotionally transported followers, are his grateful beneficiaries."
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Travis Michael

Stage Raw - Recommended

"...Alternately contentious and confessional, Scheuer’s narrative offers little pretense of deep personal insight gained from his travails or even a strong sense of personal agency over his fate (the show’s climactic dramatic event is the delivery of a doctor’s medical report). By the end, though, he does manage to convince us that the hope he’s achieved is genuinely hard-won and has us rooting for him all the way, buoyed by the story that he’s lived to tell us about himself."
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Lyle Zimskind

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