Open run | 2h 30m | Midtown W

The Lion King (NYC)

From 10,880 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 (10880)


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

Enchanting, Must see, Great staging, Delightful, Ambitious

See it if you love incredible staging, sets and costumes!

Don't see it if you are not a fan of Disney music! But, it is a totally different experience seeing it live versus watching the movie!

Exquisite, Ambitious, Masterful, Riveting, Refreshing

See it if you love beautiful scenery

Don't see it if are from another planet

Entertaining, Great staging, Clever

See it if You want to introduce your children to a wonderful Broadway show.

Don't see it if You don't like costumes and musicals.

Entertaining, Insipid, Must see, Enchanting, Masterful

See it if Greatest show I've seen in a long while.

Don't see it if You don't like to be entertained

Entertaining, Enchanting, Great staging

See it if You want to be enthralled!

Don't see it if There's no reason not to see it!

Delightful, Ambitious, Great staging, Epic, Profound

See it if you grew up with Disney, love foreign cultures, appreciate amazing costume detail and truly want to have the best three hours ever

Don't see it if you suck

Delightful, Enchanting

See it if Amazing

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

Enchanting, Epic, Exquisite

See it if If you saw the movie the Lion King, way back when, you will be in AWE at the play, AMAZING PLAY

Don't see it if Nothing bad to say

Delightful, Clever, Entertaining, Great staging, Original

See it if You like a magical night

Don't see it if You don't like wonderful theatre

Entertaining, Ambitious, Delightful, Amazing

See it if you want your children to learn to love the theatre. It's a great first theatre experience.

Don't see it if You don't appreciate art, costumes or the meaning of universal love

Entertaining, Great acting, Must see, Refreshing, Relevant

See it if you enjoy disney movies and enjoy threater

Don't see it if you do not sitting for more than 3 hrs

Enchanting, Entertaining, Delightful, Exquisite, Must see

See it if You love Disney or if you just love the beauty of costuming and music theater. It is a must see for everyone of all ages.

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

Entertaining, Masterful, Resonant

See it if You want to let your inner child out

Don't see it if you don't have the money

Delightful, Entertaining, Enchanting, Must see, Original

See it if You haven't seen it yet. You'll want to see it again. I saw it 3 times!

Don't see it if You want to miss a great show!

Entertaining, Great acting, Must see

See it if It was great. Kids will love it.

Don't see it if It's for everyone.. Must see


See it if you loved the movie

Don't see it if you don't want a unique experience

Enchanting, Must see, Thought-provoking, Riveting, Resonant

See it if Most spectacular enchanting soiw ever for all to see

Don't see it if None noted

Enchanting, Great staging, Great acting, Masterful, Must see

See it if I loved it!!! Would see it again

Don't see it if You are a boring person

Exquisite, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You love disney

Don't see it if Afraid of animals

Delightful, Entertaining, Enchanting, Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if You have children, are a child, or to see something beautiful

Don't see it if See it

Entertaining, Delightful, Exquisite

See it if Loved it

Don't see it if If you don't like being entertained!

Enchanting, Delightful, Exquisite, Entertaining, Clever

See it if Great

Don't see it if Great

Absorbing, Entertaining, Epic

See it if You love musicals

Don't see it if If you like quiet shows

Clever, Entertaining, Great staging, Ambitious, Great acting

See it if Great show for families and the young at heart

Don't see it if Some scenes may need parental guidance

Ambitious, Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Intense

See it if You are looking for a musical both you and your child will enjoy greatly. It's very expansive though. Best for kids over 8 years old.

Don't see it if You can't afford it. Very expansive.

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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Cast & Creatives (17)