The Lion King's elaborate costumes are what make it so spectacular, and dangerous. Most of the actors end up performing on stilts at some point or another, which can't be safe. Most of the costumes also incorporate large headdresses that the actors have to balance while dancing, running, and jumping. Can you say neck injury? It does create an amazing spectacle though and is well worth the risk. You can get tickets to The Lion King on Broadway at Disney.go.com.
American Idiot is a Tony-winning rock opera written by Green Day about three lifelong friends, "forced to choose between their dreams and the safety of suburbia". And of course, there's no way to create a rock opera without some risk. The show's actors spend most of their time on stage jumping off of staircases, onto mattresses and "flying" straight up in the air, all in an attempt to keep the show "edgy." Not to mention, all of this jumping and flying happens in combat boots, meaning one false move on a landing and a fellow actor could be easily knocked out. Tickets for the show can be purchased at AmericanIdiotonBroadway.com.
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