Mormon Tabernacle Choir Blog

The Lion King Celebrates 20 Years on Broadway

The Lion King officially opened on Broadway on November 13, 1997, and it is still running 20 years later. In fact, with more than 6,700 performances, it is currently the third-longest-running show in history.

The musical is based on the 1994 Disney movie The Lion King, which was the highest-grossing film of that year. The film and the musical both feature the music of Elton John and lyrics by Tim Rice.

Critics have said the following about the show:

A jaw-dropping magnificent spectacle. The show and the playhouse are enchanting. The unprecedented production is worth every penny.” —Linda Winer from Newsday

“The breathtakingly staged Broadway adaptation of Disney's king of the cartoon jungle is an instant theater classic.” —Chris Willman from Entertainment Weekly

“Awe-inspiring! Broadway theater is alive again. … The show appeals to our primal, childlike excitement in the power of theater to make us see things afresh.” —Richard Zoglin from Time Magazine

“Seen purely as a visual tapestry, there is simply nothing else like it. Suddenly, you're 4 years old again, and you've been taken to the circus for the first time.” —Ben Brantley from The New York Times

In 2007, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir released an album titled Showtime! Music of Broadway and Hollywood, which included “Circle of Life” from The Lion King, featuring Alex Boyé and Jenny Jordan Frogley.

Ten years later, the Choir and Boyé performed “Circle of Life” and “He Lives in You” for the annual 2017 Pioneer Day concerts. “He Lives in You” also appears on the Choir’s 2017 album Mormon Tabernacle Choir & Friends and features Santino Fontana. Hear the album version.

Watch the Choir and Boyé perform “He Lives in You.”