Based on the beloved classic 1994 animated film from Disney, The Lion King brings to life the story of Simba and Nala with dazzling sets, colorful costumes and the engrossing soundtrack by Elton John. Featuring hit songs like "Circle of Life," "Hakuna Matata" and "I Just Can’t Wait to Be King," the musical reprises most of the classic music from the film and adds a few new songs from Hans Zimmer, Lebo M and other artists. The newly recorded soundtrack is heavily infused with African instruments and influences to reflect the story’s setting.
King of Broadway
The idea for a musical was conceived shortly after the success of the feature film in 1994. With a book from Roger Allers and Irene Mecchi, The Lion King was designed specifically for the stage with actors yielding props and tools to animate their costumes. New songs and entirely new scenes were added to augment the story. After a brief tryout at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis, the musical made its official Broadway debut at the New Amsterdam Theater on Nov. 13, 1997, with Julie Taymor as director and lead costume designer. An instant success, The Lion King would go on to become the top grossing Broadway musical of all times with more than $1.6 billion in sales and 9,000 performances. Following a successful first year, The Lion King would sweep to victory during award season. The original Broadway production led all musicals at the 1998 Tony Awards. Out of its 11 nominations, it won six times, including Best Musical, Best Direction of a Musical, Best Choreography, Best Costume Design, Best Scenic Design and Best Lighting Design. Taymor made history as the first woman to ever receive a Tony for best direction. Following its London debut, the musical won two Laurence Olivier awards for Best Theatre Choreography and Best Costume Design out of eight total nominations. It also received a 1999 Grammy for Best Musical Show Album.
Where can I purchase The Lion King tickets?
The Lion King tickets are available at the online website or the app of the world’s leading ticket marketplace, StubHub.
Where is The Lion King being performed in New York?
The Lion King is appearing at the Minskoff Theatre for all future Broadway performances. Located in Midtown Manhattan, the Minskoff Theatre has been the Broadway home of The Lion King musical since 2006. Doors open around 30 minutes before the start of the show. Accessible seating and services are available for disabled guests. Both disabled and companion seating are mainly located near the back of the first floor while low vision and deaf or hard or hearing seats are available near the stage.
Who is part of The Lion King New York cast?
The Broadway cast stars Bradley Gibson as Simba, Adrienne Walker as Nala, L. Steven Taylor as Mufasa, Stephen Carlile as Scar, Tshidi Manye as Rafiki, Cameron Pow as Zazu, Ben Jeffrey as Pumbaa, Fred Berman as Timon and various actors as young Simba and young Nala.
How long is The Lion King performance?
The run time for The Lion King is approximately two hours and 30 minutes, including a single intermission that lasts around 10 or 15 minutes.
What can I expect from The Lion King performance?
The Lion King is intended to be a casual, fun evening full of gorgeous costumes and infectious tunes. Attendees are encouraged to clap, cheer and otherwise engage with the story in a respectful manner. The musical does not impose a dress code, but you should check with the individual theater just to make sure.
Which musicals are similar to The Lion King?
If you are a fan of the fun and excitement of The Lion King, then you might want to also check out other Disney musicals such as Aladdin.Back to Top
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