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The Lion King on Broadway
The Lion King on Broadway

The Lion King on Broadway

New York, NY
2hr 30min (incl. intermission)
THE LION KING is intended for guests 6 and up. Children under the age of 4 will not be admitted. All guests must have a ticket.
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About The Lion King on Broadway

The Serengeti comes to life as never before through the extraordinary vision that is THE LION KING. More than 50 million people have felt the thrill of this Tony Award winner for Best Musical, which tells the classic journey of young royal heir Simba. Giraffes strut, birds swoop and gazelles leap in a dazzling panorama that overwhelms the sense and inspires you with the wonder of life. This is THE LION KING. Imagination Untamed.

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It’s the circle of life, and Simba has been named the heir to the throne of the Pride Lands, much to the chagrin of Scar, King Mufasa’s jealous younger brother. So Scar hatches a plan to manipulate the young prince and his playmate Nala so that he can inherit the throne before Simba comes of age. Despite his caretaker Zazu’s protests, Simba ventures outside of his father’s realm, finding himself trapped in a wildebeest stampede of Scar’s making.

While Mufasa saves his son’s life, he can’t save his own, as Scar tosses him off the cliff into the mass of sprinting animals. Simba retreats, blaming himself for his father’s death and meets the comedy kings of the jungle, Timon and Pumbaa. While he plans to stay with them, the soothsayer Rafiki knows the young prince’s destiny and is determined to bring him back where he belongs.

The Lion King musical is a classic story of family that will speak to anyone who has ever been a parent or a child, and the soaring score and exquisite puppetry will have audiences of all ages feeling the love. The Lion King is inspired by the Oscar-winning 1994 Disney film, and is crafted for the stage by visionary director Julie Taymor and features hundreds of expertly-crafted puppets and masks to bring the world of Pride Rock to brilliant life.

All your favorite Elton John and Tim Rice songs from the film — including the Oscar-winning song “Can You Feel the Love Tonight?”, “I Just Can’t Wait to Be King,” and “Hakuna Matata” — are there. There's also additional music by Lebo M, Mark Mancina, Jay Rifkin, Taymor, and Hans Zimmer.

What to watch for

  • Six indigenous African languages are sung and spoken in the show: Swahili, Zulu, Xhosa, Sotho, Tswana, Congolese.
  • The Lion King on Broadway uses 232 puppets in the musical, including full-sized, shadow, and rod puppets. Did you know that to create all the puppets, it took 37,000 hours to build all of the puppets, which encompass 25 species of animals.
  • The opening lyrics of “The Circle of Life” in The Lion King in Swahili translate in English to: “Here comes a lion, father/Oh yes, it’s a lion.”
  • The Lion King puppets vary in size from five inches (the trick mouse at the end of Scar’s cane) to 18 feet tall (the giraffes in “I Just Can’t Wait To Be King.")
  • The Lion King tickets are recommended for children aged six and above.
Run time

2hr 30min (incl. intermission)

Start date

October 15th, 1997


Family, Musical


Minskoff Theatre

Tickets from $75
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