Disney's The Lion King

Disney's The Lion King Tickets

UPDATE: This production is temporarily closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Stay tuned for more information.

Tickets are available now to experience the majesty of The Lion King at the Minskoff Theatre on Broadway.

Often credited as the show that brought critical acclaim and credibility to Disney Theatrical within the Broadway community, Disney’s The Lion King roared onto the scene in 1997, just three years after the release of the animated classic. Since then, the musical has become the highest-earning title in box office history… period. And that accolade includes all titles from both worlds of theatre and film.

Beginning previews at the New Amsterdam Theatre on October 15, 1997, and official opening on November 13, the musical transferred to the Minskoff Theatre on June 13, 2006.

The successful re-imagining of The Lion King on stage is largely thanks to the creative genius of director and costume designer Julie Taymor. In 1998, she was awarded two Tony Awards in those respective categories, as the production itself picked up a total of six Tonys, including “Best Musical”. Her costumes brilliantly incorporate various theatrical traditions of puppetry and head-dresses to portray the animal character each actor represents, whilst never hiding the actor’s actual face. They are highly detailed, merging textiles and fabrics with elements of African traditions and customs and could be considered as one of the main contributing factors to the stage adaptation of The Lion King becoming its own prized entity, no longer dependent on the popularity of its source material.

Speaking of which, all the beloved songs from the animated classic are in fine form in the musical. Those Elton John and Tim Rice numbers include “Circle of Life” (the iconic opening to the show), “I Just Can’t Wait to Be King,” “Be Prepared,” “Hakuna Matata,” and “Can You Feel the Love Tonight?” They are joined by a host of additional songs from the likes of Lebo M, Hans Zimmer, Mark Mancina and Jay Rifkin, such as “They Live in You,” “Shadowland,” and “Endless Night,” which have become equally as adored over the years and just as significant.

The Lion King is the perfect introduction for younger family members to the wonders of live theatre, whilst its themes and stylistic maturity are timelessly appropriate for theatregoers of all ages. So why not join the circle of life and find out for yourselves why The Lion King remains the pride of the Disney Theatrical catalogue?

(Photos by Joan Marcus)

Running time: 
2hrs 30mins (including 1 intermission)
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About Disney's The Lion King:

The Lion King follows the epic adventures of a young lion cub named Simba as he struggles to accept the responsibilities of adulthood and his destined role as King of the Pridelands.

Music by Elton John, Lyrics by Tim Rice, and a Book by Roger Allers & Irene Mecchi, with Additional Music by Hans Zimmer, Lebo M, Mark Mancina, & Jay Rifkin
Disney Theatrical Productions
Julie Taymor
Donald Holder
Steve Canyon Kennedy
Richard Hudson
Garth Fagan
Julie Taymor
Cast list:
Bradley Gibson (as Simba), L. Steven Taylor (as Mufasa), Adrienne Walker (as Nala), Tshidi Manye (as Rafiki), Stephen Carlile (as Scar), Tony Freeman (as Zazu), Ben Jeffrey (as Pumbaa), Fred Berman (as Timon), James Brown-Orleans (as Banzai), Bonita J. Hamilton (as Shenzi), Enrique Segura (as Ed), Haven Alexander / Jesus Del Orden (as Young Simba), and Aliya "Jo" Ramey / Suri Marrero (as Young Nala)
Disney's The Lion King Performance Dates & Times
Previews from: 
October 15, 1997
Opening date: 
November 13, 1997
Booking to: 
January 3, 2021
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Minskoff Theatre

200 West 45th Street (between 7th and 8th Avenue), New York, NY 10036
Nearest subway station:
Times Square - 42nd Street station

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This past Sunday, Disney Theatrical celebrated a landmark achievement of its landmark musical with the 20th Anniversary Gala performance of The Lion King at Broadway's Minskoff Theatre. To mark the occasion, the original creative team including its Tony Award-winning director and costume designer Julie Taymor, lyricist Sir Tim Rice, composers Lebo M. and Sir Elton John, were all invited to attend. The lucky attendees even had the good fortune to experience Sir Elton gracing the stage at the curtain call to give his own rendition of "Circle of Life", accompanied by the entire cast. 

Our Disney's The Lion King Review

NOTE: This review was written by The Lion King alum Kyle Wrentz in celebration of the show's 20th Anniversary on Broadway... A sunrise on a day. It could be a Saturday or a Wednesday, but regardless, 20 years later, The Lion King is still a timeless piece of artistry and magical allure. The moment you hear Rafiki’s clarion call across the pridelands welcoming the new prince to the kingdom, you... Read more