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
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.
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.
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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
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.
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Tip: Dress warm the theatre was a little draftee.

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Denise O.
1 Review
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"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!
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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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northern new jersey
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 16, 2017 NEW
We have been to many shows...someone took us a while to get to The Lion King ...and tickets always seemed expensive no matter when we looked...well now I know why - Just the 1st 5 minutes was enough to justify the pricing....the show is incredible.....the 4 12 year olds I took were leaning forward the whole time....the show is, costumes, set, and the voices..... GO SEE IT!
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lorne f
"A classic "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 15, 2017 NEW
I went to see the Lion King with my 13 year old son, who was not sure if he wanted to see a play bc he thought it would be boring. It was the highlight of his trip. There are a large number of broadway plays to choose from, but there is a reason why the Lion King is a long running hit on broadway (this was my second time seeing this play). It is a classic Disney play. Great costumes, great acting and music. It is a great play that will appeal to the entire family.
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Oswego, Illinois
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 14, 2017 NEW
Beautiful performance and costuming. The lighting and set design is so creative, it blends with the music and actors so well. We had excellent center seating, but I imagine every seat is good for this shoe. We enjoyed Rafiki cocktails in lion king cups, took in the Minskoff theater, and would recommend to adults and families! It's definitely not a copy of the Disney movie, much more traditional theater and nod to African culture and theme. Lovely.
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Susan M
"Great artist design but definitely for Disney lovers "
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed October 14, 2017 NEW
Super excited for the show had heard so many outstanding reviews. The artistic content to turn people into animals was amazing but the story was a little kitschy and lots of references to other Disney stories. Great for kids but I wouldn't recommend it to adults unless your a big Disney lover!
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Buffalo, New York
"Heartwarming Broadway musical by Disney"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed October 04, 2017 NEW
Attended the Saturday matinee showing of the Lion King by Disney on Broadway in NYC. I had seen the show in Toronto many years ago and we decided to take our 12 year old daughter to see it on her first trip to the city. We arrived about 45 minutes early and there was already a long line to get in. They are a well oiled machine and were able to get everyone into the theatre quickly and efficiently. We were able to find our seats with no problem. The show was spectacular. This is not something you can do on a budget - seats were very expensive. Restrooms and concessions were nearby and seats were very comfortable. I thought the Toronto show (which I assume was a traveling company) had better performers. This was an amazing experience - goosebumps all over during the opening number. You cannot help but feel many emotions during this show. Great costumes and performances by all involved. For Broadway, I was expecting a little bit more - it was missing something to put it over the edge to get to a 5 rating. The theatre is on the small side (smaller than Shea's in Buffalo where we are from).
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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.