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The Lion King, Minskoff Theatre, NYC Show Poster

The Lion King

Minskoff Theatre

2hrs, 30mins (1 Intermission)

Experience the stunning artistry, unforgettable music and the exhilarating choreography of Disney’s The Lion King. Now is the time to join the circle of life at Broadway’s award–winning Best Musical.

The Lion King Tickets

Tue Oct 17
No Show
Wed Oct 18
7:00PM
Thu Oct 19
8:00PM

Theater Info

Minskoff Theatre
200 West 45th Street
New York, NY
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Audience

Minimum age is 4 years old. Child must have a ticket.

Important Dates

Preview
Oct 15, 1997
Opening
Nov 13, 1997

Group ticket sales

20
Minimum seats to qualify for group rates
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Video

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Learn About The Lion King, Broadway's King of the Jungle

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Story

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A lively stage adaptation of the Academy Award-winning 1994 Disney film, The Lion King is the story of a young lion prince living in the flourishing African Pride Lands. Born into the royal family, precocious cub Simba spends his days exploring the sprawling savanna grasslands and idolizing his kingly father, Mufasa, while youthfully shirking the responsibility his position in life requires. When an unthinkable tragedy, orchestrated by Simba’s wicked uncle, Scar, takes his father’s life, Simba flees the Pride Lands, leaving his loss and the life he knew behind. Eventually companioned by two hilarious and unlikely friends, Simba starts anew. But when weight of responsibility and a desperate plea from the now ravaged Pride Lands come to find the adult prince, Simba must take on a formidable enemy, and fulfill his destiny to be king. A vibrant and exciting tale from the great creatives at Disney, The Lion King is a story of love and redemption that nobody should miss.

Reviews

for The Lion King

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

Cast

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Simba
Jelani Remy
Mufasa
L. Steven Taylor
Nala
Adrienne Walker
Rafiki
Tshidi Manye
Young Simba (alternating performances)
Jordan Toure and Tre Jones
Scar
Stephen Carlile
Young Nala (alternating performances)
Aliyah Mastin and Mehret Marsh
Zazu
Cameron Pow
Pumbaa
Ben Jeffrey
Timon
Fred Berman
Banzai
James Brown-Orleans
Ed
Enrique Segura
Shenzi
Bonita J. Hamilton

Creative

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Music
Elton John
Lyrics
Tim Rice
Director
Julie Taymor
Book
Roger Allers and Irene Mecchi
Choreographer
Garth Fagan
Costume Designer
Julie Taymor
Set Designer
Richard Hudson
Lighting Designer
Donald Holder
Sound Designer
Tony Meola
Orchestrations
Robert Elhai, David Metzger and Bruce Fowler
Music Director
Joseph Church

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