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 the rise of young Simba 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 theatre 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.
Elton John and Tim Rice's hit 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 for the hit film have been supplemented for the Broadway show.
Here's a clip of the show's stunning performance on the 2008 Tony Award broadcast, a celebration of its 10th anniversary on Broadway:
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.