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The Lion King

Members say: Entertaining, Enchanting, Great staging, Delightful, Must see
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24 reviews
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7666 reviews
 

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.... Read 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.

 
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Reviews (7690)

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88
Avg Score

90
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

85
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

90
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

95
Newsday

"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

100
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

90
NJ.com

"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

70
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

85
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

90
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

90
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

80
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

75
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

85
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

100
Record

"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

90
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

95
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

100
Press-Enterprise

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

95
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

75
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

90
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

70
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

85
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

90
Street Directory

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

90
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

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92
Avg Score

89
Absorbing, Magical, Mesmerizing

See it if you love Disney, elaborate productions with incredible company vocals, a flawless score, puppetry, and/or jaw-dropping choreography.

Don't see it if you dislike musicals or Hamlet.

85
Ambitious, Overrated, Predictable, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if you're ok with this being exactly what you think it is; the movie brought to stage. It is nothing more & nothing less, but does entertain.

Don't see it if you want a unique theater experience; this isn't that.

90
Creative, Clever, Entertaining, Great staging, Fantastic costumes

See it if you want to see fantastic costumes, an exceptional entrance of bigger than life animal creations dancing through the aisles onto the stage.

Don't see it if you don't have a kid inside you or a kid going to the show with you. There are lots of kids in the audiences, sometimes noisy.

Also I took my six year old granddaughter to see this show on her first vis... Read more Read less

97
Absorbing, Exquisite, Masterful, Great staging

See it if If you like a great musical spectacle

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

70
Delightful, Overrated, Slow, Great staging, Fluffy

See it if you want a kid-friendly show that has beautiful staging, orchestrations, & singing. The props are unlike anything you have or will ever see!

Don't see it if you want a well-paced show. The show works hard to provide a beautiful spectacle, but it doesn't do it while moving the plot along.

100
Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if You love great costumes, animals, great staging, singing, beautiful, disney magic

Don't see it if You don't like disney

82
Epic, Entertaining, Great costumes, Visual, Disney

See it if You enjoy beautiful costumes and a powerful soundtrack. You're into visual presentation of a story. You want to attend theater with family.

Don't see it if You think it will be exactly like the Disney film. You're bored without a ton of dialogue. You aren't into big-budget spectacles.

100
Enchanting, Great writing, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if You want to see a lavish heartfelt well written show with amazing music.

Don't see it if See it. everyone likes it.

92
Enchanting, Masterful, Must see

See it if You want to be transported. Better yet, bring a child and be transported together.

Don't see it if You hated the movie.

71
Enchanting, Disappointing, Cliched, Slow, Great staging

See it if you appreciate great direction and staging. The opening number is spectacular! But, after that, it helps to be a kid.

Don't see it if you expect it to meet the expectations created during the opening number.

87
Ambitious, Epic, Exquisite, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if If you want to see a true spectacle on stage. The staging and costumes alone are worth the ticket price.

Don't see it if If you don't like Disney adaptations or prefer a more intimate show.

100
Original, Masterful, Must see, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You loved the animated film, but want to see a live-action version with excellent singing, dancing, costumes, and great stage presence.

Don't see it if There's no reason not to see this adaptation of a Disney film. If I had to think of 1 thing, it'd be: You don't like seeing Broadway Shows.

90
Clever, Enchanting, Great staging

See it if fun show loved costumes

Don't see it if no reason not to see it

96
Clever, Masterful, Great music, Great staging

See it if You want to see a brilliantly staged rendition of the film. Masks and Puppetry are inspired! This is a must see.

Don't see it if You don't like the animation version. It is the same story. - but it's worth going at least once because of Julie Taymor's direction!

95
Ambitious, Epic, Must see, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if you like epic adventures fit for the whole family, with incredible costumes, staging, and stagecraft of all types.

Don't see it if having a lot of young children in the audience would annoy you or be overly distracting to you.

90
Original, Epic, Must see, Riveting, Great staging

See it if you love Taymor and brilliant costume and puppet design. This show remains absolutely stunning, visually.

Don't see it if Oh stop it. Everyone needs to see this gorgeous show.

87
Absorbing, Enchanting, Must see, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if You want to be thoroughly charmed by a beautifully designed Disney musical. It remains the best they've done to date.

Don't see it if You don't like The Lion King movie. And honestly, you don't even need to love it to enjoy the show. Merely not disliking it should be enough

77
Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great staging, Children's classic

See it if You want your kids to develop a life long love of musical theater.

Don't see it if you are considering other options and are are looking for something less predictable.

100
Ambitious, Masterful, Must see, Refreshing, Entertaining

See it if honestly everyone should see this once

Don't see it if you hate lions or the jungle or disney or revolutions in theater that hold up just as well to this day

89
Ambitious, Enchanting, Epic, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if you enjoy a huge Broadway spectacle. The costumes are amazing. Fans of the original movie (and who isn't?) will love it

Don't see it if expect something different from the movie. It doesn't take the material anywhere new.

89
Must see, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if You want to see a marvel of theater.

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

93
Funny, Enchanting, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You love dysney

Don't see it if You don't

93
Masterful, Must see, Entertaining, Eye popping

See it if you want to be blown away.

Don't see it if you just can't follow the crowd.

90
Absorbing, Delightful, Great acting, Great staging

See it if you are looking for a classic or family focused musical with great costumes and dancing!

Don't see it if you want to see something new or more adult.

70
Ambitious, Overrated, Entertaining

See it if You love the music from the film, you're interested in seeing the costumes.

Don't see it if You're looking for the fun-ness of the original movie--the musical is far more ambitious which is great in some ways but can be too much.