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“What a wonderful show.”
Review of The Lion King

The Lion King
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The Lion King On Broadway
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Experience the stunning artistry, the unforgettable music and the exhilarating choreography of this musical theater phenomenon-one of the most awe-inspiring productions ever brought to life on stage. A remarkable tale of hope and adventure, THE LION KING has found its way into the hearts of millions. As The New York Times says, "There is simply nothing else like it." Now is the time to join the circle of life at THE LION KING, The Award-Winning Best Musical, playing on Broadway eight times a week at the Minskoff Theatre. The show running time is 2 hours 30 minutes. Performance times vary by season, please visit our website for current performance dates and times.
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Durham, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“What a wonderful show.”
Reviewed May 1, 2014

This is the second time I have seen The Lion King (once in London). The atmosphere before the show was electric and the show certainly maintained this. Be aware our tickets were numbered seats 2 and 4 and we asked to be seated together to no avail. However when we reached our row it was even numbered only so seats 2 and 4 were actually together! No wonder the assistant looked at us if we were stupid>

Visited March 2014
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Insanely amazing show”
Reviewed May 1, 2014

It's hard to add to the superlatives already lavished on this show so I will try and focus on a few highlights.

The spectacle as a whole is wonderful - the line between the costumes and the actors is visible and it's fun to bounce between watching the performance that the puppets are giving, versus that of the actors. I found this particularly enjoyable with Timon - a brilliant performance in every sense.

Scar does, however, steal the show - to the extent that my 4 year old wanted a Scar stuffed toy after the show (they don't sell them at the show although eBay seems to have a few) without playing up the evil side too heavily, it's just great to see the energy he puts into the role.

Rafiki is wonderful as well, and seems to be operating on a completely different level to the rest of the show.


Visited April 2014
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Wellington, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
“Brilliant - amazing costumes and choreography”
Reviewed April 30, 2014

So many choices of good shows in Broadway but we picked the Lion King and are very pleased we did. From the first moment, with Rafiki's powerful call, the show both surprises and delights. It is great how various characters are in or come in through the audience at various times. The costumes, the singing, the set design were all fantastic. The way the humans/actors were part of their costumes is so clever and the way they moved was so realistic for the animal they were playing. It was also surprising to be given a programme (playbill) rather than having to buy one.

Visited April 2014
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Alexandria, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Cast full of Broadway Debutes”
Reviewed April 29, 2014

After reviewing the calendar of shows for April 2014, my group of 4 women could only all agree on the Lion King (based on friends who had seen it). It was definitely the more expensive show on Broadway but we figured that this might be our only time in NYC. We went on a Saturday matinee so a majority of the audience was under 4 feet tall making it easy to see from most seats. We had second row mezzanine, center stage. Could not ask for more perfect seats.

Only suggestion is do not arrive late!!!! The opening is the most amazing part of the show and a lot of people missed it. The ushers did let them in after the curtain closed after the opening and all I wanted to do was yell "REWIND! These people missed the best part!" Rafiki opening gave me complete goose bumps and had a hard time holding back tears because it was so beautifully done. I will also admit that I thought that Scar was an absolutely brilliant villain. It was also fun to read the playbill after the show to see that a majority of the crew was new to Broadway.

Please, don't hesitate. Splurge a little and enjoy the show.

Visited April 2014
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Pontefract, United Kingdom
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61 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed April 29, 2014

Absolutely fantastic musical. A beautiful theatre. Excellent production with stunning effects and gorgeous costumes. Had a lump in my throat at the end

Visited April 2014
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