Disney has no shortage of creative properties to translate from screen to stage (start saving for Frozen in 2018, parents), but one stands above the rest as perhaps the company’s greatest theatrical achievement: The Lion King. Working with already phenomenal material, the stage version of “Hamlet with Lions” further elevated itself by adding extra songs, fleshing out plot points left fuzzy in the children’s movie and — most strikingly — employing both creative costumes and puppetry to bring the African animals to life. The national tour returns to Madison this May.
May 10 to June 5 at Overture Center, Madison. $29 to $175. overturecenter.org.