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The Lion King on Broadway: Tickets, reviews and video

The Lion King, Disney’s visually stunning foray into New York theater, still rules over the Broadway jungle.

Photograph: Joan Marcus
Photograph: Joan Marcus
Photograph: Joan Marcus

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The Lion King on Broadway: Show information

Minskoff Theatre. Book by Roger Allers and Irene Mecchi. Music by Elton John. Lyrics by Tim Rice. Dir. Julie Taymor. With Andile Gumbi, Patrick R. Brown, Alton Fitzgerald White. 2hrs 40mins. One intermission.

In the opening number of The Lion King, director Julie Taymor created one of the most transporting visions ever seen in a Broadway show. A procession of African beasts of all shapes and sizes—flocks of birds, leaping gazelles, and towering giraffes—moves through the aisles, all interpreted via gorgeous, minutely detailed costumes and puppetry. This long-running New York City musical is based on the 1994 Disney animated flick about a Hamletesque lion who must win back his kingdom from the clutches of his evil uncle. Featuring a catchy score by Elton John and Tim Rice, Taymor’s adaptation is infused with additional spectacle and songs inspired by African culture. Though her serious, elegant vision of the savannah doesn’t quite mesh with the movie’s slapstick antics and Mouse House sentimentality, 15 years of audiences clamoring for Broadway tickets don’t seem to mind at all.—Jenna Scherer

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Minskoff Theatre: Information and map

Minskoff Theatre
200 W 45th St
Midtown West
New York

Cross street
between Broadway and Eighth Ave



Subway: A, C, E to 42nd St–Port Authority; N, Q, R, 42nd St S, 1 2, 3, 7 to 42nd St–Times Sq
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The Lion King on Broadway review

Director-designer Julie Taymor takes a reactionary Disney cartoon about the natural right of kings—in which the circle of life is pitted against a queeny villain and his jive-talking ghetto pals—and transforms it into a gorgeous celebration of color and movement. The movie’s Elton John–Tim Rice score is expanded with African rhythm and music, and through elegant puppetry, Taymor populates the stage with an amazing menagerie of beasts; her audacious staging expands a simple cub into the pride of Broadway, not merely a fable of heredity but a celebration of heritage.—Adam Feldman

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The Lion King original cast & crew

Jason Raize as Simba
John Vickery as Scar
Samuel E. Wright as Mufasa
Heather Headley as Nala
Tsidii Le Loka as Rafiki
Max Casella as Timon
Tom Alan Robbins as Pumbaa
Geoff Hoyle as Zazu
Tracy Nicole Chapman as Shenzi
Stanley Wayne Mathis as Banzai
Kevin Cahoon as Ed
Gina Breedlove as Sarabi
Scott Irby-Ranniar as Young Simba
Kajuana Shuford as Young Nala
Julie Taymor - Director
Roger Allers and Irene Mecchi - Book
Elton John - Music
Tim Rice - Lyrics
Lebo M, Mark Mancina, Jay Rifkin, Julie Taymor and Hans Zimmer - Additional Music and Lyrics
Garth Fagan - Choreographer
Richard Hudson - Scenic Design
Julie Taymor - Costume Design
Donald Holder - Lighting Design
Tony Meola - Sound Design
Disney Theatrical Productions - Producer

The Lion King awards

1998 Tony Awards

  • Best Musical
  • Best Direction of a Musical - Julie Taymor
  • Best Choreography - Garth Fagan
  • Best Scenic Design for a Musical - Richard Hudson
  • Best Costume Design for a Musical - Julie Taymor and Michael Curry
  • Best Lighting Design for a Musical - Donald Holder

1998 Drama Desk Awards
  • Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical - Tsidii Le Loka
  • Outstanding Director - Julie Taymor
  • Outstanding Choreography - Garth Fagan
  • Outstanding Set Design - Richard Hudson
  • Outstanding Costume Design - Julie Taymor
  • Outstanding Lighting Design - Donald Holder
  • Outstanding Sound Design - Tony Meola
  • Outstanding Puppet Design - Julie Taymor and Michael Curry

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