New York | 2h 30m | Open run

The Lion King (NYC)

From 26 critic and 10,671 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)

Delightful, Great acting, Entertaining, Refreshing, Masterful

See it if I loved it, it took me back to my childhood.

Don't see it if You prefer the image of the animated movie and don't want to hear new mudic

Delightful, Riveting, Great staging

See it if You have children and enjoy beautiful costumes and musical arrangements.

Don't see it if You don't like an upbeat performance.

Overrated, Great acting, Entertaining, Delightful, Great staging

See it if It was a great show story line and actors were good costumes were amazing overall a good show

Don't see it if If your looking for a little more drama show had part that dragged a bit

Must see, Epic, Entertaining, Original, Exquisite

See it if You like Disney, have kids, or want to see family friendly.

Don't see it if If you only can see one show or if you like something a little more original.

Absorbing, Enchanting, Great acting, Great staging, Must see

See it if You wanna relive your childhood

Don't see it if You don't like long shows

Entertaining, Funny, Masterful, Ambitious, Epic

See it if you like amazing puppets and costumes for the different animals and if you love Disney.

Don't see it if you don't like the Lion King movie very much and you don't want to hear the same songs as there are in the movie.

Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great staging, Funny

See it if You would like a delightful, escapist experience. Nothing profound, but wonderful staging and music to take you away to another world.

Don't see it if You are looking for insight or profound content. Strictly a fun family time.

Clever, Ambitious, Entertaining

See it if You liked the movie

Don't see it if You hated the movie

Entertaining, Masterful, Riveting, Delightful, Clever

See it if You love anything Disney!

Don't see it if You're not a fan of Disney remakes

Funny, Ambitious, Enchanting, Epic, Great staging

See it if You're interested in Julie Taymor's incredible artwork. The puppetry & design are glorious. The first few minutes of the show - beautiful!

Don't see it if You expect an exact rendition of the film.

Enchanting, Great acting, Profound, Resonant, Riveting

See it if You enjoy big musicals, Disney, shows with incredible artistic quality.

Don't see it if You are looking for something abstract or obscure, expect it to be the movie

Enchanting, Must see, Delightful, Funny, Entertaining

See it if You are a fan of Disney or bringing the younger generation to the theatre.

Don't see it if Don't expect a replica of the movie and there are some slow parts/scarier parts which may upset children under 6.

Delightful, Enchanting, Funny

See it if you love disney movies and want to revisit your childhood.

Don't see it if you hate joy.

Ambitious, Entertaining

See it if You're a die-hard Disney fan

Don't see it if You prefer more challenging fare, or you cry when Mufasa dies

Great staging, Must see, Enchanting, Clever, Entertaining

See it if You loved the movie

Don't see it if You hate Disney

Ambitious, Great staging, Masterful

See it if You want to see a classic Disney movie reimagined masterfully on stage.

Don't see it if You hate Disney.

Entertaining, Overrated, Must see, Great singing, Epic

See it if You have to watch it at least once in your life. The costumes are astonishing.

Don't see it if You think the Lion King is overrated. Also, the iconic sun at the beginning got caught in the wires. It was embarrassing.

Absorbing, Enchanting, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if You love the story of the lion king and want to see amazing performances with beautiful costumes

Don't see it if you hate fun

Great singing, Great staging, Great acting, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if you have kids who enjoy the story

Don't see it if you're an adult by yourself


See it if you loved the cartoon movies.

Don't see it if you hated the cartoon movies.

Clever, Ambitious, Funny, Entertaining, Epic

See it if You have kids

Don't see it if Puppets scare you

Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Intelligent, Hilarious

See it if You like shows that are very imaginative and fun. The sets are amazing and the lighting is truly fantastic. Everyone should see this show!!

Don't see it if You are looking for a straight play with no music. Also something that is not stylized.

Epic, Masterful, Enchanting, Great acting, Must see

See it if You like beautiful imagery. A story told through movement.

Don't see it if Youve never seen the Lion King movie.

Great staging, Enchanting, Entertaining, Funny, Great singing

See it if - enjoys musicals - enjoys The Lion King - attending theater with younger/less mature audiences

Don't see it if - to be honest it's a really good show, easy to watch, and beautifully done

Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Funny, Overrated

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Cast & Creatives (17)