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Lion King Broadway NYC: all you need to know about the musical

Immersing yourself in a world-renowned theater to see "The Lion King" live will be an unforgettable experience - with this definitive guide you'll make the most of it!

Nuria Rozas

Nuria Rozas

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Lion King Broadway NYC: all you need to know about the musical

The Lion King on Broadway | ©Kofla Olivieri

Who hasn't hummed the song "Hakuna Matata" from the movie "The Lion King"? Now you have the opportunity to hear it again in the Broadway show, in one of the most impressive theaters in the world. Because going to see a musical is an experience that you have to live at least once in your life, I assure you that you will repeat!

The performance of "The Lion King", one of the best Broadway musicals that has captivated more than 100 million spectators around the world, has been roaring for more than two decades with Simba up on the boards of Broadway, the mecca of New York theater, where it has become a classic.

If you are already decided to see the most acclaimed show of all time, whether you are traveling alone or with your family, in this article I explain how to get tickets at the best price to see the musical "The Lion King" on Broadway.

How much are tickets for The Lion King musical on Broadway?

Entrance to the Lion King show| ©Alryals2013
Entrance to the Lion King show| ©Alryals2013

The minimum price, if you book it in advance, is usually around 80 € in a randomly assigned seat or usually on the sides. Although personally I think it's worth paying a little more to appreciate it in all its magnitude, it's once in a lifetime!

If you have a big budget and want to enjoy it from a privileged place, the maximum price for the central seats, which are the ones with the best views (and where you can almost touch Simon and Pumba), is around 400 €.

The price also fluctuates throughout the year. Christmas in New York is one of the most magical times in the city, but also one of the most expensive in terms of musicals. The city is filled with Christmas trees, lights, carols... And thousands of tourists looking for its endless cultural offerings.

Therefore, the price skyrockets and the minimum ticket goes up to 120-150 € in the worst seats. So if you are going to go on these dates, you are already late in buying your pass!

Did you know that...?

Simba's name means "lion" in Swahili, a language that counts about 45 million speakers in Africa. And the beautiful Nala? Nala means "gift".

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Tips on how to get your tickets

Promotional poster for The Lion King Broadway show| ©Thomas Crenshaw
Promotional poster for The Lion King Broadway show| ©Thomas Crenshaw

1. Save money: buy tickets in advance

The most important recommendation I can give you to save on "The Lion King" tickets is to buy them online and as far in advance as possible. This is similar to booking a flight to New York. If there is a lot of demand and few seats left, the price of the plane will go up, while on days with few passengers, the tickets will go down. It works exactly the same with this musical. In general, the closer you get to the date, the more the price goes up.

It should also be noted that this musical inspired by the African savannah is the quintessential Broadway show. If you want to buy tickets at the box office it can take hours to get them and possibly only the farthest seats with the worst visibility will be available. He who warns is not a traitor.

2. Save time: avoid long lines at one of the most famous theaters in the world

What is the advantage of buying online? You save endless queues on Broadway, which you will appreciate, especially in winter with the cold of the Big Apple. This way you will only have to worry about singing "Hakuna Matata" comfortably in your seat, which you will have gotten at the best price and with much better visibility than if you had bought it at the last minute.

3. Choose the best seats at the Minskoff Theater

Here are the two types of seats available, from the cheapest to the most expensive:

  • Mezzanine: if you want some tickets at a good price this is your option. This area is on the second floor of the theater and is cheaper than the main hall. However, don't worry, because the front seats also offer a great panoramic view of the stage.

  • Orchestra: on the other hand, if you want something more exclusive and live a first class experience, because as the song says "you only live once", this is your place. This section is located in the main hall in front of the stage and has the best views of the entire theater.

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The Lion King on Broadway performance schedule

Timon and Pumba in Lion King Broadway show| ©Ask a Ticket
Timon and Pumba in Lion King Broadway show| ©Ask a Ticket

In general, "The Lion King" plays eight performances a week on Broadway at the Minskoff Theatre. Typically, one each weekday (Monday through Friday) late in the evening and on Saturdays and Sundays two each day (one at noon and one in the afternoon).

Mondays are off. In total, in case you want to schedule your sightseeing day, you should know that it has a duration of two and a half hours with an intermission. Take note:

  • Monday: closed
  • Tuesday: 7 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 7 p.m.
  • Thursday: 8 p.m.
  • Friday: 8 p.m.
  • Saturday: 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
  • Sunday: 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

What theater is The Lion King on Broadway playing at and what is the address?

Entrance to the Minskoff Theater| ©Marcos Rivera
Entrance to the Minskoff Theater| ©Marcos Rivera

The Minskoff Theater is located at 200 West 45th Street (corner of 45th Street and Broadway). Particularly, I find the easiest way to get there is by subway. Several lines stop nearby, including the N, Q, R, W and the 1, 2, 3, which stop at Times Square - 42nd Street. You can also take the A, C, E to 42nd Street - Port Authority Bus Terminal.

Here are some basic tips to help you get your bearings and get the most out of the fastest transportation in the Big Apple, the subway. For starters, I suggest you download the subway map on your phone to carry it with you at all times. The ticket price is around 2,60 €.

Nuria's Traveller Tip

If you plan to use a lot of public transport in New York, it is best to buy the MetroCard, a rechargeable card valid for the subway and bus. You will save a lot of money!

What to expect from The Lion King musical on Broadway

Logo of the Musical| ©Jeremy Dueñas
Logo of the Musical| ©Jeremy Dueñas

"The Lion King" is a magnificent theatrical adaptation of **Disney'**s Oscar-winning 1994 film. Is it worth it? Yes, yes and yes. It's a unique show loaded with family values, demonstrating the connection of each of us to our roots and what better place to see it than where it all began: in New York.

With spectacular staging and music by Elton John, it has won six Tony Awards and an Evening Standard Award. If you have seen the movie, you will know by heart the story of Simba, a lion cub destined to become the king of the African savannah, whose evil uncle Scar wants to snatch the throne and forces the little feline to flee to distant lands.

During his long exile, Simba grows up following a carefree and crazy lifestyle, accompanied by his two faithful friends Timon and Pumba, and without looking back. But, in his adulthood, he discovers that he cannot escape his destiny and decides to return to his homeland to confront Scar and regain his place in "the cycle of life".

Can I be impressed by The Lion King musical if I have already seen the movie?

Yes, it has been surprising millions of people for almost 25 years, many of whom repeat over and over again. There must be a reason. For me it was like fulfilling a dream and I am sure that you will also experience this sensation and end up doubting the real existence of Simba, Mufasa and company. Immerse yourself in the exotic African wildlife with its animals and... Enjoy! Grrrrrr!

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Is The Lion King recommended for children?

Showtime| ©Joe Shlabotnik
Showtime| ©Joe Shlabotnik

The million dollar question: better with kids or without? If you are traveling to New York with children you should know that "The Lion King" is a musical for all audiences and both children and adults will enjoy it equally. In fact, seeing "The Lion King" as a family is a great plan and will fill them with values such as the importance of friendship, blood ties and love for nature and animals. It is a hymn to life!

I am sure it will be an unforgettable experience for the whole family. When I was there, there were several children around me who didn't even bat an eyelash - they will love Simba's story! Of course, children under 4 years old are not allowed in the theater and it is a show recommended for children over 8 years old.

Tips for going to see The Lion King on Broadway with children

Broadway for children will be like an amusement park. Its lights, its colors, the people... But all outings with children have their own little trick. Here are some tips to make your visit to the musical a success:

  • Before going to the musical: so that the child is interested in the plot, enjoy the movie with him first and discuss the plot.
  • When buying tickets, it is best to book them in advance and online- the little ones can have a hard time in the queues!
  • Before the show starts: I suggest you take your child to the bathroom and finally, explain the importance of being quiet in the theater. The golden rule!
  • During the play: What if my child has a tantrum? Don't worry, the ushers are used to these situations and will indicate the best time for you to make a short exit from the auditorium.

Nuria's Traveller Tip

A good plan after the musical is to go to the Top of the Rock, the most famous skyscraper in the city, and climb to the 70th floor. You will have the best panoramic views of Manhattan!

What level of English do I need to see The Lion King on Broadway?

Mufasa's setting of The Lion King| ©Chun-Hung Eric Cheng
Mufasa's setting of The Lion King| ©Chun-Hung Eric Cheng

None, because you will enjoy the show anyway. Since 1997 it has been the number one musical in New York, do you think everyone spoke English? Clearly not. In this musical, literally, words are superfluous. The scenery, makeup and music will be more than enough.

In fact, musicals in English, because of their combination of film, dance and music, are an entertaining and very effective resource for practicing and learning the language. It has been proven that music activates more parts of the brain than any other human stimulus, so you will make a 2 for 1!

The great story of Disney's "The Lion King" is the best musical to learn this language because of its dialogues and simple vocabulary and the perfect fusion between British and American English, which will allow you to recognize the different accents. You will take an intensive course.

Is the Lion King musical accessible for people with disabilities?

Entrance for people with disabilities| ©Mark Norman Francis
Entrance for people with disabilities| ©Mark Norman Francis

Yes, this is one of the most accessible musicals available on Broadway. Specifically, it has wheelchair seating, assistive listening devices, hand-held captioning and audio description for the hearing impaired. In addition, for theatergoers who are blind or have vision loss, pre-recorded narration is provided through headphones. The philosophy is that all people, regardless of disability, should have access to the performing arts - I love the idea!

If you want to check the accessibility of a show, the Theatre Access NYC platform has created a pioneering initiative so that, through their website, you can check which performances have adaptations and which do not. You can also find out if it is an autism-friendly performance, the location of the seats for wheelchairs and the accessible route to follow inside the venue.

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Do you have to dress up to attend this Broadway musical?

Group of students ready for the Lion King show| ©Marist College
Group of students ready for the Lion King show| ©Marist College

If you are one of those who don't like to wear a suit even to weddings, you can breathe easy. There is no specific dress code for entering the Minskoff Theater and you don't have to be overdressed. Although you can dress up if you want to, no one will demand it and you won't show off.

In the theater you will find from smartly dressed New Yorkers to tourists dressed in their "work clothes": comfortable jeans, T-shirt and sneakers. So if you have doubts about what to pack, my recommendation is to take something comfortable but nice that will allow you to endure the whole day of sightseeing and then finish the day at the theater and with a good fast food dinner on Broadway.

Nuria's Traveller Tip

If you go in summer, don't forget to take a jacket to see the show because if you don't, you will freeze with the air conditioning. In New York they put it on full blast!

Where to dine after seeing "The Lion King" on Broadway

Hard Rock Cafe on Broadway| ©Carmen Valentina
Hard Rock Cafe on Broadway| ©Carmen Valentina

Hard Rock Café

If so much show has given you an appetite, I suggest you recover your energy with a good fast food at Hard Rock. You know, where you go, do as you please. The bar has become one of the main attractions in Times Square with its rock music-inspired décor. A great place to eat a good burger and try the classics of American cuisine.

  • Prices: from 25 € per person
  • Where: in Times Square, at 1501 Broadway.
  • Hours: Open every day from 11am to 10pm.

Bubba Gump

If your thing is fish and you are already bored of so many hamburgers, the best thing to do is to drop by Bubba Gump restaurant, inspired by the iconic movie Forrest Gump and offering a wide variety of seafood. You can enjoy their shrimp-based dishes in a fun atmosphere full of memories of the wonderful film. After all, "life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you are going to find". On Broadway either. And for the thrifty: Happy Hour is from 3pm to 6pm.

  • Prices: from 17 € to 25 € per person on average.
  • Where: in Times Square, at 1501 Broadway.
  • Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, from 11:30 am to 9 pm. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, from 11am to 10pm.

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Different tickets to Broadway shows| ©HelloTickets
Different tickets to Broadway shows| ©HelloTickets

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