Members say: Entertaining, Enchanting, Great staging, Delightful, Must see

About the show

In Julie Taymor's Tony Award winning retelling of Disney's animated hit, puppets and live actors weave a dreamscape of jungle characters, creating the story of young Simba's rise to the throne.

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The award-winning stage adaptation of the 1994 Disney film, 'The Lion King' tells the story of a young lion prince, Simba. He idolizes his father, the king Mufasa, while at the same time youthfully shirks the responsibility his position in life requires. When an unthinkable tragedy orchestrated by Simba’s wicked uncle, Scar, takes Mufasa’s life, Simba must fulfill his destiny to be king. 'The Lion King' is the winner of 6 Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

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The Associated Press

"Make no mistake: The Lion King is a rare theater experience. The musical is intelligent spectacle, extravagance with a purpose -- and a heart. From the moment it begins, The Lion King offers astonishing stage magic. Performers walking on giant stilts become giraffes, birds, and a pride of lionesses, dance with a solemn gracefulness that is breathtaking." Full Review


"It is a wonderfully colorful spectacle with some of the most imaginative staging you are ever likely to see." Full Review


"One comes away with a sense of having witnessed a dazzling kaleidoscope of perfection, both in performance and in spectacle, yet with the profound satisfaction of experiencing something beyond theatre. To say the effect is breathtaking is an understatement, it is overwhelming." Full Review


"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." Full Review

Denver Post

"The dramatically imaginative "The Lion King" is perhaps the most visually amazing production ever seen on stage...Heart-grabbing and jaw-dropping, "The Lion King" inspires awe from its opening moment." Full Review

Post and Courier

"To see "The Lion King," winner of the 1998 Tony Award for Best Musical, is not only to witness a groundbreaking combination of music, scenery and puppeteering, but also to be made aware that every living being, from the largest elephant to the smallest bird, is connected in some way." Full Review

The New York Times

"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.''" Full Review

St. Petersburg Times

"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." Full Review


"A stunning stage event. Combining a graceful horde of actors, singers and dancers with a stylized world of fantastic puppets and theatrical wonderment." Full Review

Broadway Voice

"Watching the faces of all the actors as they dance and sing with their puppet counterpoints make this show an enchanting evening of enjoyment for just about any age audience." Full Review

Columbus Dispatch

"Breathtaking moments abound: The wildebeests stampede directly toward the audience, growing ever bigger; fish and eels swim through a river; the heat of an African drought evaporates a shrinking lake; and the second act opens with multicolored birds flying above and through the theater." Full Review

Seattle Post-Intelligencer

"A powerful multicultural cast that steals your breath and makes you feel your heart will burst with pleasure.Taymor's use of elegantly ingenious puppetry obliterates the realistic theater as we know it and takes us to exotic new places. Every performance is a standout." Full Review

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

"Taymor's creation is a breathtaking visual and aural feast that begins with a thrilling opening scene so euphoric the rest of the show is almost anticlimactic. The animal kingdom has never been so spectacularly re-created on a stage." Full Review

Street Directory

"The show is a visual masterpiece...The characters are as lovable and enduring as in the film." Full Review

Family Vacation Critic

"So come find out what all the fuss is about, and re-introduce the kids to all their favorite characters -- Simba, Nala, Mufasa, Zazu and of course, Timon and Pumbaa -- in a vibrant, colorful and magical new way." Full Review

Time Out New York

"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." Full Review

Washington Times

"A bold work of art, and stylistically the most daring piece of theater, to hit mainstream musicals in years. You gotta love it - and judging by the roars at a preview performance for critics and insiders last week, Broadway does. "The Lion King" - arguably the most expensive puppet show in history - is a long, imperfect musical. But it is also a dazzling, one-of-a-kind entertainment." Full Review

Flying the Nest

"The Lion King musical is a great starter drug to the theatre world as the familiarity can give you a very enjoyable night out. If you are a Disney fan or theatre fan it is hard not to recommend going to see the show. If you don’t like theatre – why not give it a try." Full Review

Plain Dealer

"If you liked the film of "The Lion King," you will not be disappointed by the Broadway musical. And if you have not been a Disney fan you will be knocked out by this transformation of an animated film to a live theater piece." Full Review

Sarasota Herald Tribune

"The opening number alone is enough to send you leaping from your seat. With bursting sunrises, a stampede, and comical interactions among the diverse characters...The Lion King offers enough eye candy to satisfy audiences inured to lavishness by rising helicopters and crashing chendeliers." Full Review

USA Today

"From the very first minutes of The Lion King, you feel yourself on new ground -- no, in a whole new world....When The Lion King is good, it's enthralling." Full Review

Virginian Pilot

""The Lion King,'' with its life-sized puppets, tribal drums and revolving scenery, is not a product of re-creation but one of creation...Julie Taymor has kept the basic plot of the 1994 cartoon movie while expanding it into a purely theatrical form all its own." Full Review

New York Magazine / Vulture

"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. Full Review

Syracuse Herald Journal

"Disney delivers razzle dazzle, plus pomp and pageantry..."The Lion King" needs it. The coming-of-age story is about as fresh as yesterday's bread and as tiny as one of those sidekicks in Disney's animated film." Full Review

Ambitious, Clever, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if Looking for unique costuming and staging. Eye popping production.

Don't see it if Don’t like Disney

Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if you love big wonderful musicals that are clever, enchanting and original.

Don't see it if you don't like shows with lots of cartooney-type characters in big animal costumes.

Funny, Enchanting, Masterful, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You like musicals and disney

Don't see it if If you don’t like musical and disney

Absorbing, Masterful, Entertaining

See it if You want to experience one of Broadway's finest productions. Just going to see the puppeteers alone is worth it. The score is beautiful.

Don't see it if You don't want to be emotionally moved because even though there is a lot of comedy and laughs there are heart tugging moments. I loved it.

Clever, Entertaining

See it if you have guests or family to bring along.

Don't see it if You don't like Disney.

Ambitious, Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if You like creative,inventive entertainment.

Don't see it if You don’t like people in animal roles/costumes.

Masterful, Riveting, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if You want to bring your kids to something they will love

Don't see it if You are not interested in being entertained

Absorbing, Delightful, Enchanting, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if See it for the fabulous puppets and costumes. See it for beautiful visual and wonderful performances...just see it

Don't see it if There is no good reason not to see this unless you do not like musicals

Delightful, Must see, Refreshing, Entertaining

See it if You want and or looking for a fun night at the theater.

Don't see it if You don't like outstanding musicals

Masterful, Must see, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if The show was magical and the costumes blew me away. They appeared real and I wanted to touch them.

Don't see it if I can't imagine why someone wouldn't want to see it. I guess don't see it if you don't like Disney

Delightful, Enchanting, Exquisite, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if you want to be transported.

Don't see it if you don't have a pulse.

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Delightful, Must see, Great singing, Great staging

See it if You love a reat broadway show!

Don't see it if you do not enjoy the majesty of a rand broadway performance

Exquisite, Masterful, Must see, Riveting, Entertaining

See it if I saw this years ago with my sister and nieces and everyone LOVED it. From the very first moment, an absolute must see! The best of broadway

Don't see it if you don't like disney or the lion king story, otherwise there is no way you won't enjoy this entertaining musical:)

Clever, Enchanting, Masterful, Must see, Great staging

See it if I saw this with my daughter when she was young.The acting and singing along with the costumes and scenery moving completed this awesome show

Don't see it if It’s a Disney show and this might not be for everyone

Absorbing, Delightful, Enchanting, Exquisite, Entertaining

See it if Amazing scenery and costumes. An exquisite performance from the whole cast. It holds up well from the first time I saw it 10 years ago!

Don't see it if You don't like musicals.

Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you love musicals and great staging

Don't see it if you hate Disney

Also it was absolutely amazing. Great singing, acting, staging.

Absorbing, Ambitious, Enchanting, Exquisite, Great staging

See it if You loved the movie, if you are enchanted by amazing sets and costumes and a ridiculously talented ensemble.

Don't see it if You don’t want to watch people playing animals?

Delightful, Masterful, Must see, Entertaining, Best visual production ever

See it if You like great music, stunning visuals, gorgeous production. And you don't have to be a kid to enjoy it.

Don't see it if You're a scrooge! I've never met anyone who didn't like it.

Clever, Delightful, Must see, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if You love musicals. It is a must see creative staging, singing. Just an overall fun experience

Don't see it if You don’t like musicals. It is A must see experience

Absorbing, Delightful, Enchanting, Exquisite, Great singing

See it if you want to be pulled into this beautiful masterpiece of story, music, and dance.

Don't see it if you don't like musicals or Disney.

Absorbing, Epic, Exquisite, Must see, Great staging

See it if You want to be totally mesmerized and liked the movie. I nearly cried during the opening scene - so powerful and immersive.

Don't see it if You don’t want to see puppetry and don’t want the be in an audience with a lot of children.

Enchanting, Epic, Masterful, Must see, Great staging

See it if This is a true Broadway spectacle, it's the movie come to life. There is magic happening on the stage and in the aisles.

Don't see it if There's nothing to dislike. Go see it!

Great acting, Must see, Refreshing, Riveting, Great singing

See it if you want to have an unforgetable experience! It is totally absorbing; the set, music; makes you feel like you are part of the whole thing.

Don't see it if you are brain dead.

Epic, Exquisite, Masterful

See it if love theatre and want to see one of the most artistically unique pieces to ever hit a Broadway stage.

Don't see it if don't want that!

Funny, Delightful, Great acting, Must see, Entertaining

See it if you like the movie but want more depth to the story. Saw it 18 years ago when I was 8 and I still vividly remember the show! It's timeless.

Don't see it if you want it to be exactly like the movie.

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