The Lion King on Broadway in New York City

Minskoff Theatre 200 W. 45th StreetNew York, NY 10036
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Adapted from the 1994 Disney film of the same name, The Lion King is a visually exhilarating Broadway musical that tells the timeless story of love and redemption through the eyes of the young lion cub Simba, a prince in the African Pride Lands. This Tony Award-winning show at the Minskoff Theatre wows audiences with its magnificent songs, costumes and choreography.

Good To Know

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  • Show is approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes (1 intermission).
  • Absolutely no recording devices are allowed in the theatre, including still cameras.
  • Doors open 45 minutes prior to show time.
  • Winner of more than 70 major awards worldwide.
  • Recommended for ages 6 years and up.
  • Children under the age of 4 will not be admitted.


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The Lion King continues to amaze, with astounding visuals that will make this a show you'll remember forever. Marvel at the breathtaking spectacle of animals brought to life by an enormous company of international performers, whose detailed costumes, carved masks, and intricate makeup will transport you to the gorgeous vistas of the African savanna.

Based on the 1994 Disney animated film, THE LION KING continues to reign as one of the most popular shows on Broadway and around the world. The global phenomenon is the winner of more than 70 major awards worldwide, including the Tony Award® for Best Musical, and the Grammy® for Best Musical Show Album.

Lion cub prince Simba grows up in the African heartland until tragedy forces him to run away. He ultimately learns to take his rightful place in the animal kingdom, in this musical version of the Disney animated film.

Experience the stunning artistry, the unforgettable music and the exhilarating choreography of this musical theater phenomenon—one of the most awe-inspiring productions ever brought to life on stage. A remarkable tale of hope and adventure, The Lion King has found its way into the hearts of millions. As The New York Times says, “There is simply nothing else like it.”

Disney’s The Lion King showcases the talents of one of the most acclaimed creative teams on Broadway. Tony Award-winning director Julie Taymor reimagines the popular story using some of the theater’s most extraordinary stagecraft. The Lion King also features the exceptional work of Tony Award-winning choreographer Garth Fagan and a magnificent score crafted by the Tony Award-winning songwriting team of Elton John and Tim Rice.

This show is approximately 2 hours and 40 minutes long with one intermission. Recommended for ages 8 years and up.

The Lion King Reviews

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Kelsi J.
Colorado Springs, CO
28 Reviews
"Lion King Nostalgia"
September 2023
This was my first experience at a Broadway show, and it blew me away. The costumes are incredible! The singing and dancing were amazing. It's a classic for a reason! I loved the movie as a kid, so seeing a live theater performance brought back all the memories. I highly recommend it for all ages!
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David Bower
Whitehall, PA
2 Reviews
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"Absolutely Amazing!"
November 2022
I am not a huge theater person, but this show was absolutely amazing. From the set pieces to the costumes to the actors, everything was top-notch. I would recommend this show to anyone who wants to be amazed and awe-struck!
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Tip: Pre-pay your parking if possible. Parking is available very close to the theater.

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Ruby Linzy
Liverpool, NY
1 Review
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"Amazing from Beginning to Ending"
November 2021
My experience was amazing the third time seeing this show with three different cast the first on Broadway and it was worth every penny and every single second awesome job to everyone from beginning to end the seats were great the ushers and workers at the theater were great it was good to be out amongst people feeling like normalcy is on its way, and it would be nice to win the hundred dollars to help recoup some money from the parking God bless and good luck to everyone
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Tip: The Edison hotel and staying downtown in Times Square is worth it be prepared to pay for parking but it’s very convenient everything is right at your fingertips

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Fall River, MA
2 Reviews
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May 2019
I purchased these tickets as a surprise for my amazing mother in celebration Mother’s Day. The show was unbelievable.
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14 Reviews
"Amazing Show.."
May 2016
We had great seats. The performance was great. The costumes, the set, and the music were all amazing. This show is great for all ages. The play is very similar to The Lion King cartoon with some adjustments to keep it current.
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Tip: Arrive early to pick up your tickets.

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Megan A.
19 Reviews
"Amazing Performance"
April 2016
This is highly recommended for all ages. The costumes in the show are so creative and each actors character seems to fit their personality. The Lion King cartoon and this play are very similar, but it's still a tear jerker when Mufasa dies... The theater check-in was really easy with Reserve Direct E-ticket. The ushers are very helpful with getting you to your seats. One person in our group left their phone after the show and the theater had it waiting for us to pick-up the next day.
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Tip: Pick-up your tickets anytime the day of the show to save a few minutes when you arrive for the show.

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Paul Valdez
Othello, WA
1 Review
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"Great service, Great play!!!"
November 2015
The price was great, the theater was awesome.
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Kylie Murphy
1 Review
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"Best seat in the house!"
July 2015
Booked not knowing exactly where we would be sitting. We were in the centre section of the front row!!! My mum was so excited the animals touched us several times. Had a fantastic night and will always remember having front row at a Broadway show.
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Tip: Dress warm the theatre was a little draftee.

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Frequently Asked Questions about The Lion King

Where is the theatre located?

The Lion King is performed at the Minskoff Theatre located at 200 W. 45th Street, New York, NY 10036.

How long does The Lion King show last?

The Lion King runs approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes with one 15-minute intermission.

Can I bring my camera to the theatre?

Absolutely no photography or video is allowed into the theatre.

Is the Minskoff Theatre wheelchair accessible?

Wheelchair seating locations are available in the orchestra section of the theater.

When should I arrive for my show?

Theater doors open 45 minutes before show time. Audiences should arrive at least 30 minutes prior to the show to begin to find their seats, browse the available show merchandise, and settle in before showtime.

Is this show appropriate for children?

Yes. This show is family-friendly and recommended for children ages 6 and up. Children under the age of 4 are not permitted into the theatre.

Are concessions available for purchase within the theater?

Yes. Soft drinks, water, cocktails, candy, and show merchandise (no food) are available for purchase at the Minskoff Theatre. No outside food is allowed into the theatre.