What do we think of the musical “The Lion King“? The third-longest musical on Broadway? Check. Six Tony Awards? Check it! The Broadway musical with the highest box office of all time? Double Check! Follow this ticket guide for the Lion King on Broadway for some useful info on how and when to buy the best tickets.

Returning to Broadway

As a well-beloved show, the interest in the return of the Lion King on Broadway is enormous, and you might have a hard time finding a ticket! The show is scheduled to return on September 14, when most shows were scheduled for their post-pandemic debut.

“The Lion King” seating chart

Every night, the Minskoff Theater will become another place of pride for wild performances. Minskoff has been the home of the “Lion King” since he moved there from the New Amsterdam Theater in June 2006. The site is huge, as every savannah should be. Its 1,621 people are divided into two parts-a large orchestra and a mezzanine. Due to its size, you need to look for seats carefully.

Tickets

Tickets are already on sale both on the primary and secondary markets. There are several obstacles that we need to take into account when shopping for the first shows, especially when it comes to social distancing measures.

Primary market

I’m curious to see how theaters would handle crowds, both on shows and during shopping at the box offices. The latter is expected to return soon, so physical tickets can be sold.

You can head to Ticketmaster for Primary Market e-tickets. But look for a later date than September 14th, because it is already sold out. The first date that has a good amount of tickets is September 21, however, they’ll be over soon enough.

Ticket prices start at $89.00 for a single seat in the back of the mezzanine and reach up to $199 for the front rows in the orchestra. It is still way too early to consider this price final, so keep an eye out if they fluctuate, either going up or down.

Secondary Market

As proven by the stats, mentioned at the beginning of the guide, the Lion King on Broadway is amongst the prime shows on Broadway, and a ticket might be hard to obtain. So I expect huge interest.

Like I mentioned above, tickets for the first week of the show are very, very rare. Broadway Direct has a good amount of tickets priced around

Everything behind this huge success is the result of the joint efforts of Tim Rice (lyrics), the book co-authored by Irene Mecchi and Roger Allers, and all the amazing music. Thanks to Elton John, Lebo M, Mark Mancina, Jay Rifkin, Julie Taymor, and Hans Zimmer, both directed by Julie Taymor. This is the offspring of the legendary Disney animated film that we all know and love, so nostalgia is guaranteed.  

Ticketmaster has tickets starting at $89 and reaching up to $199 for passes in the middle of the orchestra.

Plot

When the sun fell over the Pride Lands, the Mandrill Rafiki introduced the animals in this land to their prince, Simba! He is the son and heir of King Mufasa and Queen Sarabi. But not all the sunshine in the Pride Lands, or at least not to everyone. Scar, Mufasa’s younger brother, just lost his best chance to become the king and plots his next move.

Act I

Over time, Simba grew into a lively cub. He was introduced by his father to this land, the circle of life, and the dangers of the strictly restricted elephant cemetery. This stimulated the little lion’s imagination. After they fooled the hornbill Zhazu (Mufasa’s chief adviser), he and his good friend Nala ventured there. Not without the push of his loving Uncle Scar, of cours. Once there, the young adventurer was be attacked by the scarred hyenas Shenzi, Banzai, and Ed. Simba and Nala were rescued by Mufasa. He continued to scold his heir for his fake bravery, and tells him about the ancient kings who watched them from the stars. However, Zazu mentioned that the king had the same habits as Simba when he was young.

Back at the cemetery, Scar made a plan to take the throne. When Simba was there, he gathered a group of hyenas to start a wildebeest in the canyon. Then he called Mufasa, and he jumped to save his son. He succeeded, but got pushed down by Scar during the stampede. The evil one later convinced Simba that his father’s death was his fault. Simba, overwhelmed by guilt, escaped, just when Scar took power over the Pride Lands. Simba managed to dodge the hyenas, but ventured too deep into the desert. When he was near death, he was saved by two familiar and well-loved faces (and my personal favorite face).

Act II

The second act started happily, but ended abruptly, because the stage was full of skeletons and vultures. The Pride Lands are in a severe decline under the rule of Scar, and his is growing crazy. He met Nala, who is now an adult lioness and decided to make her his queen, but she refused and left her home.

Back in the jungle, Simba, Timon, and Pumbaa (you may have recognized them) argued about whether they should sleep or do anything else. Simba leaves, but two fools follow him. Timon then fell into a turbulent river, Simba experienced the flashback of his father’s death, but still managed to calm himself down enough to save his friend.

Then the three went home and sang a song that the wind blows to Rafiki. Then the three met Nala. Or at least Pumbaa did it and hardly became her lunch. Simba rescued him, but recognized his old friend. She tells him of Scar’s rule, but Simba refuses to go home because of guilt. Then he meets Rafiki and Mufasa (in the sky, like a great ancient king), where they told him he needed to take action. The four returned to the Pride. When Timon and Pemba danced Charleston to the hyena, Simba and Nala attacked the Pride Rock.

Just as Scar was about to attack Sarabi, Simba reached the top of the rock. He accuses his uncle of killing his brother, the king. After a short battle, Scar asked for mercy, but tried to give Simba a sucker punch. The young king blocked. Scar fell off the cliff and was eaten by a hungry hyena. The performance ended with the roar of King Simba. He and Queen Nala are introduced to their cubs, thus continuing the cycle of life.

Acclaims

Even during the trial in Minneapolis, “The Lion King” was highly praised by audiences and critics. Fans love the story, music and amazing costumes. Critics are also very generous in their comments, calling it a dramatic achievement, awe-inspiring and jaw-dropping spectacle. In addition to these well-deserved praises, “The Lion King” also won a shocking six Tony Awards at the 1998 ceremony. “The Lion King” paved the way for several original stars such as Jason Retz (Simba) and Heather Headley (Nara), who have now become stars. Samuel E. Wright and Tsidii Le Loka (Scar and Rafiki) were nominated for best musical actor and actress, but unfortunately they did not win. If scars are worth having, it is the Tony Award.

We can easily say that the music of “The Lion King” is an iconic. Scores are some of the features that make animated movie so popular. The names of Elton John, Tim Rice and Hans Zimmer can easily guarantee great success. It can be said that every song in this show is easy to identify, but if I have to pick out a few, then I would personally choose “The Ring of Life” and “Hakuna Matata”, and then give a bad guy -“Be Prepared”. The original record was released by The Walt Disney Company in 1997. Lebo M is the mastermind behind it, so most of the songs are strongly influenced by African culture.

In conclusion

When you look closely at The Lion King on Broadway (that is, if you secure a ticket), you will find that it is like a Shakespeare royal play. It can be said that Simba is Prince Hamlet, Mufasa is King Hamlet, Sarabi is Gertrude, Polonius is Zazu, and Scar is Claudius. “The Lion King” is a wonderful performance on Broadway, which is deeply loved by tourists of all ages. A masterpiece at all levels, it contains everything you need-actions, twists, love, laughter, fear and a happy ending. At some point, the performance was so intense that it would surely make the children in the audience jump up in their seats and shout. This is why on the 20th anniversary of “The Lion King” global box office reached 8.1 billion US dollars!