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The Lion King

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Minskoff Theatre 

The Lion King Showtimes

Tue January 4 7:00 PM
Wed January 5 7:00 PM
Thu January 6 7:00 PM
Fri January 7 8:00 PM
Sat January 8 2:00 PM 8:00 PM
Sun January 9 1:00 PM 6:30 PM
Tue January 11 7:00 PM
Thu January 13 7:00 PM
Fri January 14 8:00 PM
Sat January 15 2:00 PM 8:00 PM
Sun January 16 1:00 PM 6:30 PM
Wed January 19 7:00 PM
Thu January 20 7:00 PM
Fri January 21 8:00 PM
Sat January 22 2:00 PM 8:00 PM
Sun January 23 1:00 PM 6:30 PM
Tue January 25 7:00 PM
Thu January 27 7:00 PM
Fri January 28 8:00 PM
Sat January 29 2:00 PM 8:00 PM


Since its Broadway premiere in 1997, the musical has been seen by more than 65 million people worldwide. And, the director Julie Taymor – whose brilliant costumes are so famous that they’re now part of the permanent collection at the Smithsonian Museum – became the first woman to win a Tony Award for directing a musical. (It won five other Tonys, along with 70 other awards, include the 1999 Grammy for Best Musical Show Album.) Also superlative? The talented music and lyrics team: Elton John and Time Rice. The duo, who created the music for the film, have adapted all the film’s big hits for the stage, from “Circle of Life” to the Academy Award-winning song “Can You Feel the Love Tonight."

The story is simple but timeless: The lion cub Simba, who is born in the African heartland, is destined to become king. But evil interferes: The devious uncle Scar slays Simba’s father, King Mufasa, and blames it on the young cub. Simba, deeply sad and ashamed, goes into self-exile. As Simba wanders the jungle, he grows into a lion and eventually returns to reclaim the throne. A jealous brother who kills the king and banishes the young prince? Yes, it’s Hamlet of the animal kingdom.

Perhaps most remarkable is the way in which the African landscape comes to life – via the human figure. All of the natural elements – like new buds of grass – are performed by actors, who blossom from the ground and then sway back and forth as the winds cross the African plains. The actors also expressively use their bodies – writhing, pouncing, leaping – to perform the astonishing array of animals: Zebras prance, antelopes arch their backs and giraffes teeter like stiff-legged ballet dancers. 

Why Go?

From the moment the lights dim to the grand finale, eagerly follow the adventures of Simba as he evolves from cub to king. Particularly appealing are the colorful – and often very funny – characters; the catchy songs; and the fascinating way the jungle comes to life on stage through creative effects and richly detailed costumes.

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The success of The Lion King on Broadway has spawned dozens of international productions, including in London, Toronto, Sydney, Paris, Taipei and Mexico City. 

Most affectingly – and this is at the core of Julie Taymor’s brilliant costume design – is that the actors don’t wear masks to obscure their faces, but rather to complement them. Mufasa, Sarabi and the lionesses, for example, prowl the stage with their masks regally atop their heads, so that the animal form is merely an extension of the human one. And this, at heart, is what the Circle of Life is all about – that we’re all interconnected. 

Additional Information

2 Hours and 40 minutes with one intermission

Children under 4 years of age will not be admitted.

Available in advance.

The doors open at the Minskoff Theatre 45 minutes prior to show time, but you should try to be there at least 15 minutes before the curtain goes up so you can find your seats.

Wheelchair seating available.
An assisted listening system is available.


200 West 45th Street
New York, NY 10036