Open run | 2h 30m | Midtown W

The Lion King (NYC)

From 11,384 member  reviews
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. More…

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.

2h 30m | Open run | Minskoff Theatre (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (11384)


Entertaining, Enchanting, Great staging, Delightful, Must see
Avg Score

Great staging, Original, Poor plotting, Entertaining, Family fare

See it if you have a child to take to the theater. The staging is innovative, the performances strong, the production polished.

Don't see it if you want a strong script. This show is the movie verbatim, which was never very insightful. It was written for children.

Enchanting, Funny, Great staging, Original, Relevant

See it if Brilliantly staged. Beautiful music. A classic.

Don't see it if You don't like moral lessons wrapped in childish themes.

Ambitious, Clever, Entertaining, Great staging, Overrated

See it if You have children and enjoy big disney productions.

Don't see it if You are expecting anything different from the movie.

Great staging, Must see, Exquisite, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if You want to see a real piece of art. A true masterpiece.

Don't see it if You just can't get into a kids show no matter how artistically it has been interpreted.

Ambitious, Absorbing, Delightful, Enchanting, Great staging

See it if you want your kids to see a great performance

Don't see it if if you don't like a great feel good story. Music and dancing are incredible.

Entertaining, Great staging

See it if you just want to have fun!

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

Ambitious, Banal, Overrated

See it if you are okay with just leaving after the (spectacular) opening number. Or if you have kids. Or if you're a tourist who needs to check a box.

Don't see it if you don't like the Disney aesthetic. There are many interesting set & costume elements, but overall it is empty, underwhelming & grating.

Clever, Delightful, Ambitious, Enchanting

See it if If there is kid around aged from 5 to 90, this is a must

Don't see it if if you do not want to have fun or have a fear of lions

Clever, Funny, Masterful, Entertaining, Original

See it if you enjoy great music and choreography with spectacular costumes.

Don't see it if you are stuffy.

Great staging, Epic, Must see, Ambitious, Entertaining

See it if You're a fan of the film, want to see some of the most clever stage effects of all time, you want to see little kids agape at their 1st show

Don't see it if You're not a Disney fan or fan of the film, never liked Elton John's music, don't like puppets or stage magic that requires imagination

Entertaining, Great staging, Ambitious, Epic, Clever

See it if enjoy stagecraft. The opening is the most amazing piece of staging I have ever seen. True to the movie which means it is great for kids.

Don't see it if if too much cute makes you gag. Appreciating the plot depends on your willingness to accept the excessive cute factor.

Delightful, Dated, Original, Great staging, Entertaining

See it if You've never seen it live on stage. You want to see 1 of the more modern classic Broadway musicals. You want to see a show with oooh moments

Don't see it if You want to see more contemporary choreography & dialogue. You dislike puppetry. You hate Disney. You want to hear contemporary music.

Disappointing, Entertaining, Great staging, Overrated

See it if like the way the animal and set was done.

Don't see it if I cannot get into the play. If you want the movie

Ambitious, Absorbing, Entertaining, Must see, Masterful

See it if you love originality and innovation. Especially see it if you're a fan of the animated film. It's perfect for kids and adults, alike.

Don't see it if you have no soul.

Great staging, Great singing, Ambitious, Entertaining

See it if you want to see the giant hit. I saw this long ago when my kids were young and this was a fairly new show. A colorful pageant.

Don't see it if Kids love the movie. Not sure the play is any better for them. But maybe nice for them to see a play where they know the story and music.

Also A good first experience for kids at the theater EXCEPT -- all the nois... Read more Read less

Clever, Enchanting, Disappointing, Overrated, Slow

See it if You haven't seen it performed a million times on TV.

Don't see it if You dislike the movie version of Lion King. It's no better.

Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if Wonderful music, dance, and sets. If you liked the animated feature you will love this show. Bring the children!

Don't see it if No reason not to see this show

Entertaining, Great staging, Masterful, Original, Overrated

See it if you want to see an amazing, powerful opening number with breathtaking costumes, staging and music. See it to hear wonderful voices.

Don't see it if you expect the entire show to be as mesmerizing and moving as the opening,

Creative and stunning. this production should be seen by all - it's not just a show for kids.

See it if you love imaginative, artistic, unique and thrilling theater. Or anything directed by Julie Taymor.

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

Enchanting, Great staging, Great singing, Masterful, Delightful

See it if You love the Lion King movie and want to see a brilliant live action version.

Don't see it if You don't like Broadway musicals or the Lion King.

Absorbing, Enchanting, Great staging, Must see, Creative

See it if you love theater/musicals but (wrongly) assume this show is just a live-action staging of classic scenes from the movie

Don't see it if …no reason not to see it! Even if you hate theater I can’t think of anyone who wouldn’t be impressed by the inventiveness of this production

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Great staging, Great singing, Amazing puppetry

See it if great for families, this is a lovely amalgam of the movie and a Broadway show. Really not to be missed.

Don't see it if you don't like singing and dancing animals or you're anti-Disney.

Nostalgic, Family fun, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if you want to bring your kids, want to take a trip down memory lane, enjoy elaborate staging

Don't see it if you want to see something deep or profound, don't like to attend a venue with a lot of kids, are looking for something new and original

Great staging, Slow, Original, Fluffy, Clever

See it if you enjoyed Taymor's more sophisticated use of shadow play/puppets in Juan Darien but prefer this softer gentler story. You take a kid.

Don't see it if you feel frustrated by a simplistic book and banal but singable music. You prefer your Disney in the cinema at $14 not $150.

Masterful, Great staging, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever

See it if You love the Disney story

Don't see it if You cant give way to whimsy and only love traditional Bway. This is a pageant

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 ap...
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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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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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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 elem...
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