The Lion King on Broadway in New York, NY

Minskoff Theatre 200 W. 45th Street New York, NY 10036
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Based on the 1994 Disney-animated movie, “The Lion King” is a visually exhilarating musical-theater phenomenon that tells a story of love and redemption as told through the eyes of a young lion prince living in the African Pride Lands. Held at Minskoff Theatre eight times weekly, the captures audiences of all ages with unforgettable songs, eye-popping costuming and stunning choreography.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our New York Travel Experts
  • 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.
  • Witness "The Lion King" come to life before your very eyes.
  • Talented actors bring animals to life through sleek and mesmerizing movements.
  • Exceptional costuming and set design.
  • Winner of more than 70 major awards worldwide.


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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.

This show is approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes (1 intermission). Recommended for ages 6 years and up.

Reserve New York City Customer Reviews

5 Reviews
Reserve New York City Customer
10 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.
Tip: Arrive early to pick up your tickets.

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Megan A.
16 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.
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
Verified Traveler
"Great service, Great play!!!"
November, 2015
The price was great, the theater was awesome.

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Kylie Murphy
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"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.
Tip: Dress warm the theatre was a little draftee.

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Denise O.
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Awesome experience!"
February, 2015
Never saw anything like the Lion King before and it was amazing!
Also, purchasing tickets through ReserveDirect was an easy and painless experience! Thanks for everything!
Tip: Pick up your tickets sometime earlier in the day if you have the time. This made getting through the doors a lot faster.

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TripAdvisor Reviews
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Sugar Land, Texas
"Fun and well done show"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed June 26, 2017 NEW
The Lion King is a very well done show. Nothing will beat the movie version for me, but this was enjoyable. The lady who played Rafiki was wonderful! I really liked Timon and Pumbaa as well. Nala had a really well done solo. We went to the afternoon show, and one problem with that is disruption by younger kids. My 2 kids were with me and they were annoyed as well by the seat kicking, noise and inability of others to sit still. Nevertheless, we had a great time. Worth seeing!
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
"Family w/Teenagers & Young Children "
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed June 25, 2017 NEW
This is an iconic show that many will like. However, if your child cannot sit still or is easily scared, please wait until they are older. I was highly annoyed by the parents that brought such young, unprepared children. The child in our group at the age of 6 yrs old was easily able to sit still, not ask 100 questions during and enjoy the show. At first it appeared to me as it looked like a children's puppet show. I however realize I should never judge a show until after seeing the second act (every show I've been to I have a lot of criticism by intermission, but have been proven wrong every single time by the end of the second act...never leave a show early!). The show is a staple Broadway show that anyone interested in Broadway should see. Not only is it great in creative and costume design, but the set design is incredible as well! The most annoying part of this show was the patrons. Luckily the guy who kept checking and texting on his phone in our row stopped by the the second act because my husband called him out. The usher that told him to stop meant nothing to him. Then, there was a parent that thought it was okay to bring a child too immature to the show. That child we heard so much of through the first act... "what's going on?" "Is he a good guy?" "I'm tired!" "I want candy!!!" You'd think money would buy manners but it seems it doesn't. The most expensive seats include the most inconsiderate families and children. First, any child under 7 or 8, or that cannot handle being quiet or sitting still during a show, no one should spend the amount of money needed for a ticket for them to attend or disrupt other ticket buyers with your misbehaving and out of control children. Second, if you are a person that thinks it's okay to talk or check your phone or text during a performance, please do not come! Third, if you enjoy set design, and don't disrupt people, come! If you enjoy costume design, come! If you want to see a show that's been on Broadway for 20 years and still continues to sell out, come! The cast is incredible. The ensemble is even more talented. The songs are way better than the movie, as well as the story! Plus, champagne is available, as well as slushies that they'll add your choice of alcohol to! It has the best concessions of any theatre I've been to! But, still does not have enough bathrooms to accommodate patrons during intermission. It is the most modern theatre I've seen, and is a perfect location to take those loved ones visiting NYC to Times Square, a show, and to get Junior's cheesecake, all in one shot so you won't find yourself having to return to a NY resident's most dreaded area more than once during your out-of-town guest's visit. Enjoy the show!
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kimberley b
Bolton, United Kingdom
"Outstanding performances 🦁"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 22, 2017 NEW
What a show! Absolutely brilliant!! Wasn't a dry eye in the building! A moment I will always remember. Magical ❤️
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Des Moines, Iowa
"Absolutely amazing!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 20, 2017 NEW
Loved this show! The visuals are astounding. Would see again! The parade of the animals in at the beginning was fantastic. Over all magical. Is that enough glowing adjectives?
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"Unique Experience"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 20, 2017 NEW
Amazing performance! We were literally speechless with the songs, the choerography, the costumes and the sets! Magical voices, very talented artists!
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Lion King

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

How long is the show?
The show is approximately 2 hours and 40 minutes long with one 15-minute intermission.

Can I bring my camera to the theater?
Absolutely no photography or video is allowed into the theater.

Is the Minskoff Theatre handicap accessible?
Wheelchair seating locations are available in the orchestra section of the theater. For additional information about theater accessibility, please call customer service at 1-800-590-4410.

When should I arrive for my show?
The theater doors open 45 minutes before the show. It is recommended that audiences arrive at least 30 minutes prior to the show beginning to find their seats, browse the available show merchandise, and settle in before showtime.

Is this show appropriate for children?
Yes. Children under the age of 4 are not permitted into the theater. This show is family-friendly and suggested for children ages 5 and up.

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 food is allowed into the theater.