New York | 2h 30m | Open run

The Lion King (NYC)

From 26 critic and 10,449 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)


69
Disappointing, Dated

See it if You're bringing a child with you

Don't see it if You've seen the movie and you're a grownup

69
Entertaining, Overrated, Great staging, Ambitious, Clever

See it if You can bring kids and sit through a stage play less interesting than the animated film

Don't see it if Without kids

69
Great staging, Masterful, Enchanting, Delightful, Ambitious

See it if You want to see one of your favorite Disney movies honored

Don't see it if You don't like kid friendly shows

69
Disappointing, Fluffy, Absorbing, Overrated, Cliched

See it if You want to see a typical Broadway show and enjoyed the Disney movie

Don't see it if You're expecting something different from the movie. It is very much similar and it is clear how much it is meant for tourists.

69
Great staging, Overrated, Quirky, Slow, Ambitious

See it if You love Disney, spectacular opening numbers, lavish costumes and sets, romance, larger than life characters, and a great score.

Don't see it if You want to watch one of the greatest opening numbers ever and then suffer through the rest of the show until that song comes around again.

68
Disappointing

See it if Good for kids. The first act is excellent, the second act very disappointing

Don't see it if Not a Disney fan

68
Overrated, Fluffy, Epic set, Entertaining

See it if You want to see some of the most exquisite costumes and visuals on Broadway.

Don't see it if You don't like going to see shows with many children in the audience. You have high expectations for the music

68
Delightful, Disappointing, Entertaining

See it if want to see inventive staging with good Elton John songs.

Don't see it if if you are expecting a riveting story.

68
Great costumes, Overrated, Family-oriented, Exquisite

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.

68
Hollow, Juvenile, Overrated, Fluffy, Great staging

See it if You loved the movie and are bringing kids. It's better in the theme park

Don't see it if You have a brain in your head. The movie is 1000000% better.

68
Entertaining, Disappointing, Slow, Overrated, Great staging

See it if The commercials aren't enough. Costumes and staging are still unlike anything else on Broadway.

Don't see it if You can find enough clips online. Circle of Life is amazing and worth the price of entry, but the rest does not live up to the kids movie.

68
Riveting, Intense, Overrated

See it if you aren't in the NY area often and just want to see a show, or love the Disney movie.

Don't see it if you want to see a Broadway show that will have a permanent on you.

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.

67
Overrated, Epic, Great staging, Cliched, Banal

See it if you love the movie or have children. It's a great production of a not-so-great show.

Don't see it if you want something clever or intelligent.

67
Overrated, Great singing, Slow, Dated

See it if you like Disney productions and are not sick to death of The Lion King.

Don't see it if you didn't like the movie or are expecting it to be as fantastic as everyone says.

Also For years everyone had told me how great this show was and how I HAD t... Read more Read less

67
Great singing, Dated, Delightful, Enchanting, Clever

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

67
Overrated, Great staging, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if you have kids or love the story

Don't see it if you don't care about spectacle

67
Creative, Quirky, Fluffy, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if you have kids, if you are a Disney nerd, or if you like the movie. It is a beautiful 3D human rendition of a 2D animal world.

Don't see it if you don't like kids' movies. It's entertaining, but not very deep or thought-provoking. It doesn't keep you on the edge of your seat.

67
Entertaining, Great staging, Overrated

See it if You love spectacle

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

67
Great staging, Clever, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if you have kids or are a kid at heart.

Don't see it if you are looking for a deep, meaningful story.

66
Great staging

See it if You have kids and or love Disney musicals

Don't see it if You don't find child humor entertaining or funny

66
Disappointing, Confusing

See it if you like Disney

Don't see it if you want great characters

66
Original, Overrated, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if you're not a Broadway aficionado and cool costumes are enough to do it for you.

Don't see it if you're a Broadway aficionado and aren't still enchanted by cool costumes. If you're looking for something with real meat.

65
Funny, Entertaining, Great staging, Overrated, Ambitious

See it if You like the movie... or you come with a child who liked the movie

Don't see it if didn't like the movie or you prefer traditional musicals.

Also The staging and costumes are great! I saw it late in the run and, fran... Read more Read less

65
Great staging, Funny, Fluffy, Entertaining, Dated

See it if You love the movie or have kids. Great show just not particularly moving. For thespians you should see it at least once.

Don't see it if Some lyrics are difficult to comprehend (diction). You want a more in time bway show/ something not touristy


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