Running since October 1997 In Julie Taymor's inventive retelling of Disney's animated hit, puppets and live actors weave a dreamscape of jungle characters as we follow young Simba's rise to the throne. Winner of 6 Tony Awards, including Best Musical.
Over a decade into its Broadway run, this brightly plumed Disney musical is still the destination of choice for most city visitors. Families from Omaha, Oahu, and Oman alike are treated to a production that has won almost universal critical praise for its powerful mixture of theater traditions from around the world.
The plot? A young lion learns to be a king. So simple, and yet with its strange mix of old-time Broadway showmanship and Natural History Museum grandeur, this one-of-a-kind extravaganza manages to stir the dreams of both the father and the five-year-old.
Here's a clip of the show's stunning performance on the 2008 Tony Award broadcast, a celebration of its 10th anniversary on Broadway:
The music from Disney's hit film - Elton John and Tim Rice's songs (including "Circle of Life, "Hakuna Matata," "I Just Can't Wait to Be King," and "Can You Feel the Love Tonight"), Hans Zimmer's Oscar-winning score, and Lebo M's outstanding choral arrangements - have been supplemented for the Broadway show.
Evening performances are recommended for 6 and above. A limited number of booster seats are available.
1998 Tony Awards: Best Musical, Best Director of a Musical, Best Choreography, Best Scenic Design, Best Costume Design, Best Lighting Design.
1998 Drama Desk Awards: Outstanding Direction of a Musical, Outstanding Choreography, Outstanding Set Design of a Musical, Outstanding Costume Design, Outstanding Lighting Design, Outstanding Sound Design, Outstanding Puppet Design, Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical (Tsidii Le Loka).
1998 Outer Critics Circle Awards: Best Director of a Musical, Best
Choreography, Best Set Design, Best Costume Design, Best Lighting Design, Best Featured Actress in a Musical (Tsidii Le Loka).
1998 New York Drama Critics' Circle Award: Best Musical.
A marvel, a theatrical achievement unrivaled in its beauty, brains and ingenuity. Leaping far beyond its celluloid inspiration, the stage version improves upon nearly every aspect of the hit 1994 animated film, from visual artistry and storytelling to Lebo M's score and the newly African-ized pop songs of Elton John and Tim Rice. With this production, the Walt Disney Co. stages itself as a serious and ambitious contender on the legit scene.
...staged with the utmost sophistication, but, with its call on the imagination, it's a show that kids will love. The only problem is that it'll spoil them: Almost everything they see afterward will be disappointing.