I've seen this musical in 3 countries and the best cast was by far on broadway. The passion. The music. The costumes all make it spectacular, but the bit that made its mark on me on broadway was the theatre. It was amazing. So big, so comfortable and very welcoming. I recommend to sit in the stalls for this show so you can feel included in the atmosphere of the show (that's all I'm saying). It's worth the $$. It's worth the trio of escalators and the crowds. This is the lion king. This is broadway. Embrace it !