The Lion King
A sensational theatrical production of the classic Disney movie that introduced Simba to the world, The Lion King is Broadway’s third longest-running show and the highest grossing production to date, having earned over $1 billion since its debut. Directed by Julie Taymor and with music by stalwarts like Elton John and Hans Zimmer, the production is an enchanting spectacle, full of nostalgia for those who grew up watching the beloved 1994 animated film.
Why Watch The Lion King
The Lion King first premiered on Broadway in October 1997 and, two decades later, continues to attract audiences with each and every performance. Winner of 6 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Choreography, Best Direction of a Musical, Best Scenic Design for a Musical, Best Costume Design and Best Lighting Design of a Musical, The Lion King is considered one of the best musicals to ever hit Broadway. A feast for the eyes, the production's detailed costumes, intricate masks, and fantastic puppets bring a breathtaking explosion of color to the stage. Travel to the African savannah and join your favorite Disney characters on an emotional and heartfelt journey of discovery, courage, friendship, and love.
Based on the Disney movie of the same name, The Lion King tells the story of a young lion, Simba, and his coming of age. Growing up as the jungle prince, Simba idolized his father Mufasa - one of the greatest rulers the African Pride Lands had ever seen. However, things take a turn for the worst when Mufasa’s evil brother, Scar, kills him in a bid to take over the kingdom. Scar manipulates Simba into believing he’s responsible for the death of his father, causing him to flee to exile. Years later, Simba realizes the truth about his father’s death, thanks to a childhood friend. Follow Simba’s journey as he returns home to fulfill his true destiny as King of the Pride Lands.
Young children | Family audiences | Disney fans
"The most exciting, most inventive, most moving theater that has ever come to Broadway."
"There is simply nothing else like it."
– The New York Times
Know Before You Go
Suitable for age 4 and above. No entry for children below age 4
The theater has a seating capacity of 1,621 in total. For tips on how to choose the best seats, you can refer to our Minskoff Theatre Seating Chart Guide.
Strictly prohibited. If you'd like to grab a meal before or after the show, check out our guide to the 30 Best Restaurants in the Theater District.
Smart and casual wear is recommended. Keep in mind, the theater is air conditioned throughout the year and can get a bit chilly.
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The Minskoff Theatre, 200 W 45th Street , New York