Open run | 2h 30m | Midtown W

The Lion King (NYC)

From 11,077 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 (11077)

MEMBERS SAY:

Entertaining, Enchanting, Great staging, Delightful, Must see
91
Avg Score

95
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great staging, Must see, Disney magic

See it if you want a huge, musical spectacle and love the movie. Great for families and Disney fans of all ages.

Don't see it if you think it's a show just for kids. There's something for everyone.

85
Clever, Entertaining, Original, Resonant, Overrated

See it if you are not interested in hard to follow theater.

Don't see it if you want an original​ story

85
Ambitious, Great staging, Overrated, Entertaining, Predictable

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.

96
Clever, Great staging, Masterful, Great music

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!

90
Mostly family-friendly, Magical puppetry, Imaginative, Predictable in its familiarity, Transporting

See it if you need a family-friendly show, are entertaining guests who’ve never been to a Broadway show, or an adult seeking heartwarming nostalgia.

Don't see it if you aren’t a fan of the “Disney spectacle,” can't stand having many noisy children in the audience, and/or expecting powerhouse singing.

Also Puppetry magic makes The Lion King immersive and thrilling for all-age... Read more Read less

90
Clever, Ambitious, Great staging, Epic, Imaginative

See it if loud, creative, & BIG is what you're craving. It's beautiful, w/recognizable music (of course) & memorable. An epic night of non-stop magic.

Don't see it if you LOVE the movie. Can be said for many, but there is NOTHING like Lion King's original & brilliant LIVE choreography & orchestrations.

88
Ambitious, Exquisite, Refreshing, Outstanding costumes, Brilliant staging

See it if You want to see some of the most unique, ambitious costuming on stage. You loved the movie music You want to see one of Bway's biggest shows

Don't see it if You want to see the actors rather than just masks and huge headdresses You do not wan tot sit through 3 hours of a too long show.

87
Funny, Insipid, Must see, Great staging, Absorbing

See it if you never seen a broadway show! Classic show for all ages, totally recommend it!

Don't see it if you are racist.

89
Entertaining, Great staging, Must see

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

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

90
Enchanting, Exquisite

See it if You can hide from problems or you can fight for what's right and step up in leadership! #RESIST! Breathtaking sets and beautiful puppets.

Don't see it if Sitting next to LOTS of tourists or hearing little kids sing along annoy you.

Also Ticket from online lottery for $30.

89
Entertaining, Delightful, Great staging, Visually stunning, Makes you feel like a kid again

See it if you are bringing children or just want to feel like a kid again. The plot follows the movie, but the costumes and staging are stunning.

Don't see it if you are not a fan of the movie or Disney. It's not the most original story, but the show is a visual spectacular.

Also The opening number alone is well worth the price of admission. It is s... Read more Read less

100
Delightful, Enchanting, Great staging, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You are a Disney fan and lover of musicals with lots of on and off stage activity. Be ready to laugh, cry, and just be amazed.

Don't see it if you don't want to be entertained and if you are bothered by human-like animals singing and dancing.

90
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great staging, Masterful, Fluffy

See it if you want exquisite staging of a Disney classic.

Don't see it if you are expecting much to think about.

100
Enchanting, Great singing, Great staging, Must see, Masterful

See it if Believe in Disney . Want to see the best staging of a Disney musical currently available. Tamor!

Don't see it if Loss the sense of wonder.

80
Clever, Great staging, Entertaining

See it if you have kids, but don't want to be bored.

Don't see it if you don't want to be surrounded by families.

10
Disappointing, Overrated, Ruins the movie, Awful staging

See it if You want to shell out obscene amounts of money just to hear the songs from the movie.

Don't see it if You want a decently-staged version of the Lion King.

83
Slow, Enchanting, Beautifully staged, Puppets are amazing, Visually spectacular

See it if great for first time theater goers, kids, anyone looking for a spectacle. A true visual feast. Solid performances. Style over substance.

Don't see it if Despite the positives, I found my attention slipping at times. Maybe because I was tired or maybe because there's not a lot to the story.

88
Delightful, Entertaining, Wonderful costumes

See it if Want to see a family show for all ages, enjoy the show's music, love costumes and want to be entertained.

Don't see it if You are not a fan of the movie, the music or Disney.

90
Enchanting, Ambitious, Great staging, Delightful

See it if you love the story & want to see it brilliantly portrayed on Broadway. Costumes alone are worth going to see it!

Don't see it if you don't like animals or fantasy.

90
Enchanting, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if you want to just enjoy an amazing show. Just sit back and watch as the stage comes to life.

Don't see it if you are not a fan of Disney.

90
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great staging, Must see, Relevant

See it if You want to see theater at it’s best. This show is showing signs of age, but is still thrilling in its ingenuity for its time. Do not miss.

Don't see it if You hated the movie. You don don’t like puppets. I can’t hink of another reason to tell you no. It’s a standard, and a classic.

98
Riveting, Original, Profound, Refreshing, Must see

See it if Want to have a great time Love musicals Love the original movie Love light-hearted fun Want great seats, in a great venue

Don't see it if You'd be crazy to not want to see "The Lion King"

72
Great staging, Disappointing, Overrated

See it if you can't get enough all things lion king

Don't see it if The movie was so much better!

90
Clever, Great acting, Must see

See it if you love the movie. It is a great show for the family and the costumes are unbelievably good.

Don't see it if you do not like shows that are geared towards children.

96
Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great staging, Must see

See it if An American Classic!

Don't see it if Just Go See It!


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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