The Lion King (Broadway)
Open run 2h 30m
The Lion King (Broadway)

The Lion King (Broadway) NYC Reviews and Tickets

(12787 Ratings)
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Entertaining, Enchanting, Great staging, Delightful, Must see

Puppets and live actors create a magical world to tell the story of Simba's rise to the throne.

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77 Reviews | 14 Followers
Exquisite, Entertaining, Enchanting, Delightful, Absorbing

See it if you want to be taken back to childhood. Certainly a must see on Broadway, no matter what age!

Don't see it if you can't be squeezed in in tiny seats for a while...;-)

62 Reviews | 15 Followers
Entertaining, Enchanting, Delightful, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You want to experience a spectacle.

Don't see it if Everyone should see The Lion King. Read more

63 Reviews | 17 Followers
Masterful, Enchanting, Delightful, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You love the classical Disney story and beautiful dancing and singing

Don't see it if You would like to see something new on braodway

123 Reviews | 10 Followers
Entertaining, Enchanting, Delightful, Exciting, Magical

See it if you only have one show to see. perfect for all ages, incredibly engaging, exciting and absolutely beautiful

Don't see it if you want something new

172 Reviews | 23 Followers
Great acting, Exquisite, Entertaining

See it if you like rock and dance set to music

Don't see it if you dont like excellent costumes

132 Reviews | 21 Followers
Must see, Masterful, Great staging, Entertaining

See it if You want to see one of the best Musicals Broadway has to offer. The design, costumes and choreography blew me away!

Don't see it if You want something simple, or are expecting a lot of changes from the Disney Movie. Read more

72 Reviews | 7 Followers
Great staging, Great singing, Exquisite, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if You love a big spectacle with amazing costumes singing.

Don't see it if You're not into Disney

83 Reviews | 10 Followers
Must see, Great staging, Entertaining

See it if You are looking for a classic, polished production that provides entertainment for adults and children alike. Masterful puppetry, staging.

Don't see it if You are not impressed by the Disney aesthetic, or stage magic that requires imagination.

Critic Reviews (26)

The New York Times
November 14th, 1997

"You can only marvel at the exotic procession of animals before you: the giraffes and the elephants and the hippopotamuses and all those birds in balletic flight. These are creatures of air and light and even a touch of divinity. Where are you, really, anyway? Somehow you have fallen into what appears to be a primal paradise. Such is the transporting magic wrought by the opening 10 minutes of ''The Lion King.''"
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Time Out New York
March 29th, 2012

"Taymor populates the stage with an amazing menagerie of beasts; her audacious staging expands a simple cub into the pride of Broadway, not merely a fable of heredity but a celebration of heritage."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
August 11th, 2007

"You will be bombarded by some of the most beautiful and spectacular sights theater can offer from before and behind, so eyes in the back of the head will come in handy.
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New York Stage Review
September 17th, 2018

"'The Lion King' was astonishing, in the jaw-dropping manner of speaking. And today, 21 years later, it still is...Taymor, the avant-garde director to whom Disney entrusted the piece, outdid herself...Everything still looks wonderful, and looks practically brand new, too. One of the stunning elements for me, this time through, was the realization of how brilliantly this show moves...The hard-working ensemble is well-drilled and exceptional."
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New York Stage Review
September 17th, 2018

"It’s Julie Taymor’s puppetry that continues to astound...The problem is that the rest of the musical is not as good as Taymor’s vision for the animals and their gorgeous ensemble numbers...Now, the beauty is there, but the show feels a bit worn...The few big numbers aside, much of the John-Rice score is middling ’90s pop rock...That said, the performances, even now, are rather lovely...But you’re not here for the performances. You’re here for the puppets. And they’re worth it."
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November 21st, 1997

"The Lion King is a spectacular rendition of the animated film, a brilliant theatrical adaptation that stands on its own...Taymor has risen to the challenge, translating the physically complex tale to the stage with an endlessly clever, visually stunning use of masks, puppetry, costumes and scenic effects; the stage show has the delighted audience firmly in its grip."
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November 14th, 1997

"A stunning stage event. Combining a graceful horde of actors, singers and dancers with a stylized world of fantastic puppets and theatrical wonderment."
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November 14th, 1997

"The opening scene unfolds with moment after giddy moment of astonishment. South African choral harmonies, with their calming and yet exuberant rhythms of attack and release, seem to come from everywhere in the darkness. A magical rich jungle parade."
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