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.
  • 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.

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 30 minutes with one 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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Stone S
"Nice show"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed August 19, 2017 NEW
I bought the tickets for this show months in advance from Ticketmaster. When it was time to print my tickets my printer wasn't working so I requested to be sent by mail. That came in fast. So I put my tickets on the side... and fast forward to the day of the show... while I was about to take the ferry to go to NYC... I realized I left my tickets at home. 😱 I called the Minskoff theatre and they told me they could simply reprint the tickets at the box office. Phew! What a relief! So off we went to the show. Once we arrived there was already a big line. I went to the box office and then I had to go around the block to get in line to go inside. Suggestion: if you need to pick up your tickets at the box office, have somebody in your party stand in line so you would cut the time in half. Anyway, once inside the theatre looked nice, bigger than other theaters I've been. Lots of escalators. Our seat was the very front row on the side of the mezzanine. They told us to put our bags under the chair and not in front of us because a dancer would come in front of us. Wow, exciting! The row had 5 seats. We were in seat 1-3-5 and a mother with 2 children was in seat 7-9. Yes, a mom with two kids. She held her son (not a baby) and the other son was sitting next to me. I am not sure how she managed to do it. Anyway, the child next to me didn't stop talking (and sometimes kicking) the whole time. Now, I do understand the show is "the lion king", but even my child was quiet and followed the show. I understand a child is a child, but let me tell you, these tickets aren't exactly cheap. And I don't expect to go and see this show again any time soon. So please, think about it before you take your child to a broadway show if you are not sure he/she can behave properly. Having said so, the show was good. A couple of scene were not spectacular (the stampede and the waterfall...) and some were wonderful (the opening and the star/Mufasa conversation). The actors were good. I have to say Nala (adult) was a strong singer. Very nice performance. After the show you can stop by the gift shop and just enjoy the view of Times Square from the huge windows. If you are in NYC and you want to see a classic, you have to see "the Lion King".
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Phi S
Bangkok, Thailand
"Amazing costumes and set"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 19, 2017 NEW
This is one of the most popular musicals around. The props and costumed used were amazing. The performance was very grand and the songs were beautiful. It is one of the best musical around, so do buy your tickets in advance. Even the price is rather high, it is worth it.
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Colin E
Meridian, Texas
"Marvelous and Stunning!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 18, 2017 NEW
It was all incredible ... stage design, costumes, music, acting, and singing. It all struck the note of stunning. And this is a great Broadway musical for children--it is visually engaging and the story is memorable and easy to follow. They even throw in some pretty good jokes. And the Minskoff Theatre is spectacular (after the show you can look out the windows and get some pretty great views of the Times Square area]. Although the tickets are expensive, it is certainly worth a splurge.
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Tubingen, Germany
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 17, 2017 NEW
i can only recommend it to everyone! this musical is a must - have - seen! the costumes, the music, the actors - everything is perfect and spectacular! I would recommend to get tickets in advance, because it's the most popular show on broadway and quite pricy. Nevertheless it is worth the money! we sat in front row and could see everything well! but i could imagine sitting in the middle would give a better view of the stage.
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David M
Manchester, England, United Kingdom
"Not my usual kind of things but..."
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 16, 2017 NEW
Wow. Just wow. I'm not much of a theatre goer to be honest; don't particularly enjoy musicals either but as my wife and I had booked to go to NY, I thought a Broadway show would be a must-see and must-do while there. I purchased tickets online in advance several months before and managed to snag excellent (in my opinion the best) seats located on the upper of two levels, front and centre. This, did pay off for the view was excellent and allowed you to see the whole stage in comfort and ease. Yes, tickets for expensive (over £300!) which is arguably appalling but I wanted to surprise my wife. We approached the theatre on the evening and my wife still didn't know where we were going. I just told her we'd have a wander around Times Square and then get an evening meal. Then, as she saw the various billboards and mentioned Broadway, I thought she might have mentioned how much she'd like to see a show different to the one I'd booked. "I'd love to see the Lion King," she said and I felt a sense of relief. It wasn't until we got into the theatre and strolled past a pre-purchase tickets that she suspected anything and still wondered up until I pulled the paperwork out of my pocket. Anyway enough about us. Wow. The show was amazing. The singers and actors are incredible. The way they make the whole theatre feel like you could actually be there in the jungle is stunning. It is a whole sensory experience. I won't spoil the show but take the stampede scene for instance! How on earth could you replicate that on stage?! Well they do - and they do it VERY well. The costumes, scenery and props etc. are incredible - this is a big budget performance and the music/percussion is outstanding. The talent on display on stage was spectacular. We bought a couple of beers (mega bucks to be honest but we bought a second round as you get re-usable plastic Lion King cups so wanted two for our children who'd stayed back home in the UK) and enjoyed the show. Highly recommended!!!!
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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.