Get swept away to the African savannah on a journey that’s part Bambi and part Hamlet—complete with noble lions, evil hyenas, and a fight for rule over the animal kingdom. Adapted from the 1994 Disney movie of the same name, The Lion King takes you on a breathtaking safari with unbelievable costumes and intricate makeup that bring the natural drama of Kenya to life. Tickets have been going fast ever since its Broadway debut, so don’t miss your chance to experience this jubilant show for yourself.
The story of The Lion King begins with the birth of a prince named Simba, a cub who is later set to inherit the throne. It’s a joyous occasion across the land for everyone—except Simba’s uncle Scar. Desperate to be king himself, Scar plots an elaborate scheme to usurp the throne, leading Simba to cast himself out of his pride in shame. Over the next few years, Simba grows to adulthood in the jungle, embarking on a journey of self-discovery that ultimately brings him home ready to fulfill his destiny.
Originally directed by Julie Taymor, The Lion King is an astounding spectacle, with animals brought to life through dazzling costumes and life-sized hollow puppets. As the African sun begins to rise, you won’t be able to believe your eyes as giant elephants and towering giraffes make their way down the aisles and onto the stage. With music and lyrics by Elton John and Tim Rice, the production is more triumphant than ever. Songs such as “Circle of Life,” “Hakuna Matata,” and “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” have been adapted from the film, while new songs like “Shadowland” and “The Lioness Hunt” have added even more depth to the story.
Since 1997, The Lion King has continued to prove itself to be one of the most exciting and inventive shows to ever take the stage. The winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical, the show has become the highest-grossing Broadway production of all time. It’s popularity has paved the way for other Disney-adapted musicals, including Mary Poppins, Tarzan, and Aladdin. With performances at New York City’s Minskoff Theatre and across the United States in 2018, there are plenty of ways for you to get your tickets.