History Of The Lion King
For over 15 years, The Lion King has been one of the most popular shows on Broadway and The Lion King tickets have been among the most purchased in history. Debuting in 1997, just three years after the animated Disney film was released in 1994, The Lion King in now the fourth longest running show in Broadway history. The Lion King is also now the highest grossing show in Broadway history, selling over $853.8 million worth of Lion King tickets.
Lion King tickets have not just been available in New York, but all over the world through various productions. Throughout the over 15 years since the musical debuted, Lion King tickets have been available for productions in Tokyo, London, Toronto, Paris, Las Vegas, Madrid, Sydney and many others. There is currently one US National Tour running through various cities, but at one time Lion King tickets were being sold for two separate US National Tours running at the same time.
When The Lion King first debuted in 1997, it was grossing around $800,000 a week from sales of The Lion King tickets. Now, sales of The Lion King tickets easily exceed $1 million gross during the eight performances put on per week. Even as the show moved out of it’s original home at the New Amsterdam Theatre, to make room for Disney’s Broadway production of Mary Poppins, and into its new home at the Minskoff Theatre, the sales of Lion King tickets remain the most popular on Broadway.
The show features many of the same songs as the original film written by Elton John and Tim Rice including The Circle of Life, I Just Can’t Wait to be King, Hakuna Matata and Can You lee The Love Tonight. Additional songs have also been added for the performance with the musical score by Hans Zimmer and choral arrangements by Lebo M.
Along with being one of the most extravagant sets on Broadway, the performances from the actors themselves of some of the most difficult in any show. The portrayal of animals in the show features performers walking on stilts, dancing with large headsets or life size puppet costumes.
In 1997, The Lion King was nominated for Tony awards for Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, Best Original Score, Best Performance by a Featured Actor and Best Performance by a Featured Actress, but did not win any of those categories. The show did win a Tony for Best Direction and Best Choreography along with multiple set design awards.
Even though the show did not get the initial recognition, it is now today one of the most popular Broadway shows of all time. Sales of The Lion King tickets have yet to even hint at a decline after so many years of performances. Disney has no plans of slowing down the performances either, even as it ends the run of Mary Poppins for a new musical rendition of Aladdin at the New Amsterdam. Since the show started, The Lion King tickets have been, and will continue to be, the king of Broadway.
The Lion King Tickets News
4-8-14: The Lion King musical has seen a bit of a renewed buzz on social media as a live performance of “The Circle Of Life” on board an airplane has gone viral. The cast of the Australian version of the musical had an impromptu performance on board Virgin Australia Flight 970.
3-4-14: More than 100 Lion King tickets remain on the secondary market for tonight’s show. The average price for last minute tickets is currently $240.77 with a get-in price of $214, keeping it line with the pricing for the rest of the show over the week.
3-3-14: The Minskoff Theatre will have eight showings of The Lion King this week. The performances start on Tuesday night and will have two shows on Wednesday and Saturday. The average price for Lion King tickets have an average price of $244.91 on the secondary market across all eight shows.
2-28-14: Theatre goers will have four chances to grab Lion Kings tickets this weekend at Minskoff Theatre. The average price on the secondary market average for all four shows is $249.34. Saturday night’s performance is the lowest average price at $244.73 and a get-in price of $216.
2-27-14: Last minute Lion King tickets are available on the secondary market for tonight’s performance. With a limited number of seats remaining, the average price for remaining tickets is $256.75 with a get-in price of $216. The average price is currently more expensive for the show on Friday night.
2-26-14: After being the best selling show on Broadway, Lion King tickets are still some of the most bought and demand in New York. For those wanting tickets, Wednesday night represents the cheapest performance of the week at just an average price of $235.44 on the secondary market.
2-25-14: Even after almost two decades of performances, the Lion King tickets are still some of the most in demand on Broadway. This week, the average price on the secondary market over the eight shows is $251. The cheapest date is Wednesday with an average price of $235.44.
2-20-14: It was reported this week that The Lion King will be returning to the Majestic Theatre in San Antonio for its Broadway in San Antonio 2014-'15 season.
28,349 Lion King tickets remain available on the secondary market, which is down 3,000 over the last week. There are 516 upcoming The Lion King dates scheduled at Lion King tickets are averaging $232.06, up just $1 dollar in the last six days.
2-14-14: We currently have 31,072 Lion King tickets available for 532 upcoming shows with an average price of $231.70. The most expensive upcoming show is the March 30th, 2014 show at the Neal S. Blaisdell Center - Concert Hall with an average price for Lion King tickets of $336.31 and a get-in price of $231. The least expensive upcoming show is the March 23rd, 2014 show at the Paramount Theatre in Seattle where the average price for Lion King tickets is $105.75 and the get-in price is $71. Other shows are currently taking place at the Minskoff Theatre, the Neal S. Blaisdell Center, the Fabulous Fox Theatre in Atlanta, the Kennedy Center Opera House, the Paramount Theatre in Seattle, and the Princess Of Wales Theatre.
2-6-14: There are currently 33,417 The Lion King tickets available for 454 upcoming shows at the Minskoff Theatre, the Neal S. Blaisdell Center, the Fabulous Fox Theatre in Atlanta, the Kennedy Center Opera House, the Paramount Theatre in Seattle, and the Princess Of Wales Theatre. The average price for The Lion Kings for these shows is $229.87. The most expensive The Lion King tickets is for the show on March 30th, 2014 at the Minskoff Theatre. The average price for tickets to this show is $336.31, the get-in price is $231 and there are 306 seats available. The least expensive upcoming show is the March 6th, 2014 show at Neal S. Blaisdell Center - Concert Hall with an average price of $119.43 for Lion King tickets. The get-in price for this show is $63 and there are 46 seats currently available.