Performers from The Lion King

The Lion King Celebrates its 17th Anniversary on Broadway

The Lion King, the award-winning best musical, celebrates its 17th anniversary on Broadway today at the Minskoff Theatre.

Since its Broadway premiere on November 13, 1997, 22 global productions have been seen by more than 75 million people and, cumulatively, run a staggering 112 years. Having played 19 countries on every continent except Antarctica, The Lion King‘s worldwide gross exceeds that of any entertainment title in box office history.

Produced by Disney Theatrical Productions (under the direction of Thomas Schumacher), The Lion King is only the second show in history to generate five productions worldwide running 10 or more years. Translated into seven different languages (Japanese, German, Korean, French, Dutch, Spanish and Portuguese), productions of The Lion King can currently be seen on Broadway, London’s West End, Hamburg, Tokyo, Madrid, Sao Paulo, Sydney, Australia and on tour across North America, the U.K., and Japan. The Australian production marks the 10th concurrent worldwide production of The Lion King, the highest number of productions running at any one time in the show’s history.

The Lion King is playing at Broadway’s Minskoff Theatre (200 West 45th Street). For tickets, show information and performance schedule, call Ticketmaster’s Disney on Broadway hotline at (866) 870-2717 or visit online,