The Lion King will reopen on Broadway at the Minskoff Theatre on Sept. 14.
Tickets are available now to experience the majesty of The Lion King on Broadway at the Minskoff Theatre. Get a ticket to The Lion King today!
Broadway's The Lion King roared onto the scene in 1997, just three years after the release of the animated classic. The Lion King officially opened at the New Amsterdam Theatre on November 13, 1997, transferring to the Minskoff in 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.
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”, “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."
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 Broadway?
(Photos by Joan Marcus)