The Lion King: Celebrate 25 Roaring Years on Broadway

25 years is a very long life for a Broadway musical, but Disney’s The Lion King continues to bring in the crowds. Get a glimpse behind the scenes!

The Lion King is a musical that has been running on Broadway for 25 years. The show, based on Disney’s 1994 movie, premiered on November 13, 1997. The beloved musical remains a big success, winning six Tony Awards, including Best Musical. It is also the highest-grossing Broadway show in history.

What’s it all about?

The Lion King features music by Elton John and lyrics by Tim Rice. However, the success of the stage adaptation is largely credited to the original director Julie Taymor. The musical tells the story of Simba, a young lion, and heir to the throne, who is forced to flee after his uncle murders his father. Simba is aided in his journey by a baboon named Rafiki and a pair of comedic sidekicks, Timon and Pumbaa. Along the way, Simba learns valuable lessons about responsibility, loyalty, and forgiveness. Ultimately, he reclaims his rightful place as the king of the Pride Lands.

The Lion King has been seen by millions of people around the world and has been translated into eight different languages. It has played in numerous cities across the United States and Canada, as well as in London’s West End. It remains one of the most popular and beloved musicals of all time.

Watch the tribute below, celebrating The Lion King’s 25 years on Broadway:

To celebrate 25 years of ‘The Lion King’ On Broadway, go behind the curtain with the creators as they break down the craftsmanship and artistry behind every aspect of the long-running musical. From operating over 200 puppets to dressing the actors in roughly 2000 costume pieces each night, see how ‘The Lion King’ has captivated audiences for 25 years.