Disney’s The Lion King is a multi-award winning hit musical that has achieved worldwide success. Based on the 1994 animated film of the same name, the stage version uses the hit songs by Elton John and Tim Rice as well as an expanded score with additional music by Hans Zimmer and Lebo M. The production was directed by Julie Taymor and produced by Disney Theatricals. It originally opened in 1997 in Minneapolis before transferring to Broadway’s New Amsterdam Theatre for an official opening on November 13, 1997. The show has now been seen all around the world. 



The Lion King Broadway Playbill

Elton John

Tim Rice

Roger Allers and Irene Mecchi

The 1994 Disney film of the same name

Adapted from the screenplay by Irene Mecchi, Jonathan Roberts and Linda Woolverton

Disney Theatrical Productions; Produced for Disney Theatrical Productions by Peter Schneider and Thomas Schumacher; Associate Pr

Julie Taymor

Garth Fagan

The Lion King - Broadway

The Lion King - Original Broadway

New Amsterdam Theatre - Opened 13 Nov 1997, closed 1 Jan 1970

Cast: Jason Raize, John Vickery, Samuel E. Wright, Heather Headley, Max Casella, Geoff Hoyle

The Lion King - London

The Lion King - Original London

The Lyceum Theatre - Opened 6 Mar 2013, closed 5 Jan 2014

Cast: Rodger Wright, Luke Youngblood, Rob Edwards, Cornell John, Paulette Ivory, Pippa Bennett Warner

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A lion cub overcomes his evil uncle in order to take his place in the great circle of life in Disney’s Hamlet inspired mega-musical. 

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Act 1 

  1. The Circle of Life 
  2. Grasslands Chant 
  3. The Morning Report 
  4. The Lioness Hunt 
  5. I Just Can’t Wait to Be King 
  6. Chow Down
  7. They Live in You 
  8. Be Prepared 
  9. The Stampede 
  10. Rafiki Mourns 
  11. Hakuna Matata 
Act 2 
  • One By One 
  • The Madness of King Scar 
  • Shadowland 
  • The Lion Sleeps Tonight 
  • Endless Night 
  • Can You Feel the Love Tonight 
  • He Lives in You Reprise 
  • Simba Confronts Scar 
  • King of Pride Rock
  • 1998 Tony Awards: Best Musical, Best Scenic Design, Best Costume Design, Best Lighting Design, Best Choreography, Best Direction of a Musical, 
  • 1998 Drama Desk: Outstanding Featured Actress, Outstanding Choreography, Outstanding Direction, Outstanding Set Design, Outstanding Costume Design, Outstanding Lighting Design