The opening night of “Lion King” at the Music Hall was wonderful, but the evening was ruined for me by a woman who sat with a toddler on her lap and gave a conversation-level commentary during major production numbers and through quieter, more moving scenes. She dropped to a lower tone, but never a whisper. A child that young should not have been there.
The promoters, and the theater itself, suggested that people not bring children under 5. At the start of the performance, an announcer reminded people to turn off their cell phones. Yet a person speaking to a child too young to follow the show is every bit as annoying and distracting as someone speaking on the phone.
Please don’t buy expensive theater tickets for children under 5. A ticket to the show is not a pass to disrupt others’ enjoyment.