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" is 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 the best price tickets to see the musical "The Lion King" on Broadway.
How much do tickets for The Lion King musical on Broadway cost?
The minimum ticket price for The Lion King, if booked in advance, is usually around $80 for a randomly assigned seat or usually on the sidelines. Although personally I think it is worth paying a little more to appreciate it in all its magnitude, it is 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, carolers... And thousands of tourists looking for its incessant 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!
Tips to get your tickets
Save money: buy tickets in advance
The most important recommendation I can give you to save money 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 high demand and there are 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 seats farthest away and with worse visibility. He who warns is not a traitor.
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.
What are the best seats at the Minskoff Theater?
Here are the two kinds of seats available, from the cheapest to the most expensive:
Mezzanine: if you want some good value tickets 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 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.
The Lion King Broadway Showtimes
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.
Which theater is The Lion King playing on Broadway and what is the address?
The Minskoff Theatre 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 for getting your bearings on the subway and making the most of the fastest transportation in the Big Apple. 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 €.
What to expect from The Lion King musical on Broadway
"The Lion King" is a magnificent theatrical adaptation of **Disney'**s Oscar-winning 1994 film. Is it worth it? Yes, yes and yes. It is 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've seen the movie, you'll know by heart the story of Simba, a lion cub destined to become king of the African savannah, whose evil uncle Scar wants to take the throne from him 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've already seen the movie?
Yes, it has been wowing millions of people for almost 25 years, many of whom repeat again and again. There must be a reason for that. For me it was like fulfilling a dream and I'm sure you will also experience this feeling 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!
Is The Lion King recommended for children?
The million dollar question: better with kids or without them? 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 tricks. 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, as children can have a hard time in the queues!
- Before the show starts: I suggest that 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?
None, because you'll 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, the makeup and the 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'll 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 a crash course.
Did you know that...?
Simba's name means "lion" in Swahili, a language with about 45 million speakers in Africa. And the beautiful Nala? Nala means "gift".
Is the "Lion King" musical accessible to people with disabilities?
Yes, it is one of the most accessible musicals 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.
Do you have to be in costume to attend this Broadway musical?
If you're one of those who doesn't like to wear a suit even to weddings, you can breathe easy. There is no specific dress code for entering the Minskoff Theatre and you don't have to be overly dolled up. Although you can dress up if you want, 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, do not forget to take a jacket to see the show because otherwise 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
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 tasty place to eat a good burger and taste the classics of American cuisine.
- Prices: starting at 25 € per person
- Where: in Times Square, at 1501 Broadway.
- Hours: Open every day from 11am to 10pm.
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, which offers 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.
Other similar musicals that might interest you
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