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Minskoff Theatre

The Lion King

The Lion King, Minskoff Theatre, NYC Show Poster
Minskoff Theatre

200 West 45th Street
New York, NY 10036

2hrs, 30mins
1 Intermission
Important Dates
Oct 15, 1997
Nov 13, 1997
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Critics’ Reviews

The breathtakingly staged Broadway adaptation of Disney's king of the cartoon jungle is an instant theater classic.

Review by Chris Willman from Entertainment Weekly

Awe-inspiring! Broadway theater is alive again. [Julie] Taymor's imaginative ideas seem limitless. it's a gorgeous, gasp-inducing spectacle. Most important - against all odds - it has innocence. The show appeals to our primal, childlike excitement in the power of theater to make us see things afresh.

Review by Richard Zoglin from Time Magazine

A jaw-dropping magnificent spectacle. The show and the playhouse are enchanting. The unprecedented production is worth every penny. If this is Disney's idea of a theme park, we are delighted to report that the theme is quality.

Review by Linda Winer from Newsday

Julie Taymor's staging of Disney's The Lion King is a marvel, a theatrical achievement unrivaled in its beauty, brains and ingenuity. Leaping far beyond its celluloid inspiration, the stage version improves upon nearly every aspect of the hit 1994 animated film, from visual artistry and storytelling to Lebo M's score and the newly African-ized pop songs of Elton John and Tim Rice.

Review by Greg Evans from Variety

Seen purely as a visual tapestry, there is simply nothing else like it. Suddenly, you're 4 years old again, and you've been taken to the circus for the first time. 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. Such is the transporting magic wrought by the opening 10 minutes of The Lion King, [director Julie] Taymor has introduced a whole new vocabulary of images to the Broadway blockbuster.

Review by Ben Brantley from The New York Times