Open run | 2h 30m | Midtown W

The Lion King (NYC)

From 10,976 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 (10976)

MEMBERS SAY:

Entertaining, Enchanting, Great staging, Delightful, Must see

50
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.

50
Disappointing, Great staging

See it if you have small children with you

Don't see it if you didn't like the movie.

58
Disappointing, Overrated, Great staging

See it if you want to see a very interestingly staged show.

Don't see it if you want to see a show that is as good as or improves on the movie verison.

50
Disappointing, Slow, Overrated, Enchanting

See it if you like Disney style of music, etc. and your kids are begging to you to spend money on this production.

Don't see it if you don't have any children to take to the theater.

Also The Lion King is overrated, but at the same time is one of the longest... Read more Read less

65
Great staging, Fluffy, Slow, Original, Great singing

See it if You want to be blown away by the opening number and one or two other numbers later in the show. Recognizable music that is well-sung.

Don't see it if You're looking for a fast-paced show for the kids. It clocks in over 2 1/2 hours and drags in places, but still beautiful to watch.

50
Souless, Puppet show, No heart, Movie is better, Overrated

See it if You want to see an impressive puppet show.

Don't see it if Want to feel anything. All spectacle and no soul. Staged but not directed acting wise.

60
Great staging, Ambitious, Disappointing, Overrated, Tired

See it if you can get a good seat at a good price. The show is a bit tired and ragged around the edges, but I suspect you'll enjoy it more up close.

Don't see it if you really love the movie. In its current state, the stage version is a let-down.

59
Great staging, Overrated, Entertaining, Disappointing, Insipid

See it if you want to see amazing costumes.

Don't see it if you've heard too much hype or have a strong theater background - I think it just got over-hyped for me and I wound up disappointed.

56
Overrated, Great staging, Slow

See it if You like Disney, although the cartoon was better. Julie Taymor's puppets are a hoot, probably the best thing in the show.

Don't see it if You don't like Disney. You're not missing much. Rent the cartoon instead.

52
Exquisite, Insipid, Cliched, Disappointing

See it if You want to see exquisite staging and visual creativity, want to take the kids to a show, and you're not offended by typical Disney mythos

Don't see it if You don't like Biblical-style mythology with animal characters, and if a blatantly sexist orientation does not bother you.

60
Disappointing, Overrated, Cliched, Entertaining, Slow

See it if You like spectacle in sets and costumes when it comes to theater and enjoy the story

Don't see it if You like thought provoking theater that is more than a tourist attraction

65
Ambitious, Epic, Overrated, Great staging

See it if you want to see a capital-B Broadway Show; if you love Disney; if you need a good child-friendly show that still has some meat to it

Don't see it if you're looking for something new and edgy; if you hate Disney

53
Disappointing, Clever, Banal, Slow, Long

See it if you enjoy the imagination of Julie Taymor

Don't see it if you have no patience for slow and over-long productions

67
Overrated, Great staging, Entertaining

See it if You love spectacle

Don't see it if You need complicated emotions or story behind the acting.

67
Magical colorful production -

See it if you must, and if you have youngsters who know the story.

Don't see it if you don't like cartoon characters.

65
Entertaining, Fluffy, Overrated

See it if You have small children

Don't see it if You are no longer moved by puppets or feel as though you just wasted $100 to see a show when you could have just watched the movie for free.

64
Disappointing, Cliched, Great staging, Masterful, Overrated

See it if Absolutely masterful costumes and ingenious staging. A visual treat with instantly recognizable references to the source you grew up with

Don't see it if Predictable and formulative where you expect depth but in return receive watered down short dialogues. Iconic yes, the best, no.

50
Clever, Great staging, Overrated, Cliched, Great singing

See it if you like a spectacle. It's visually gorgeous all-around production value and something to experience. No other show offers this.

Don't see it if you're expecting a good solid book or anything more than Taymor's creativity at its best.

64
Overrated, Insipid, Great staging, Disappointing, Clever

See it if You enjoy flashy costume and set design. You have young children addicted to the movie.

Don't see it if You enjoy a musical with a coherent book and a score that isn't written by 12 people.

50
Dated, Epic, Disappointing, Fluffy, Overrated

See it if you like the disney movie

Don't see it if you want to see something revolutionary or mature

53
Ambitious, Cliched, Disappointing, Overrated, Great staging

See it if You like to pretend that you like artsy theatre

Don't see it if Banality offends you, especially under the guise of art

60
Cliched, Enchanting, Slow

See it if you loved the original lion king. The puppet work was really cool.

Don't see it if you're expecting it to be a light kids' show. I thought the additions from the movie to the show made it darker and slower.

68
Exquisite, Family-oriented, Overrated, Great costumes

See it if you are looking for a family show. Great costumes and prop-work. Overall enjoyable.

Don't see it if you aren't looking to have a bunch of children sitting around you.

67
Clever, Enchanting, Delightful, Dated, Great singing

See it if You loved the movie it's brilliantly comes to life before you and in such a clever and unique way that is seem less and entertaining

Don't see it if You think it's still in good shape because it's not, last time I saw this It was weak and sad

61
Cliched, Great staging, Disappointing, Overrated, Entertaining

See it if you can overlook the inconsistencies with the period and enjoy the fantastic costumes

Don't see it if the costumes are the best thing in your opinion


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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