Disney's The Lion King hit a major milestone November 13: The beloved musical has now been running on Broadway for a staggering 25 years. Based on the 1994 animated film, the show remains the third-longest-running in Broadway history. Watch a video of highlights from the historic performance above.
To celebrate the occasion, the matinee performance that day had members of the original cast and creative team in attendance, including Tony-winning director Julie Taymor and lyricist Tim Rice. Once the show ended, former Young Simbas and Nalas from the entire run reunited onstage at the Minskoff Theatre to sing a special song. Outside the theatre, audience members were treated to a Lebo M concert and street party (Lebo M composed music for The Lion King, on screen and on stage).
Go inside the special performance below:
The Lion King stands out amongst Broadway's long-running productions for also having the longest run within the top five highest-grossing shows on the Main Stem: nearly 1,300 consecutive weeks and counting. The show is currently playing in nine productions across three continents, with 115,000 people seeing a performance ever week. Over its 25 years, The Lion King has been seen by 112 million people between its 27 productions worldwide.
The Tony-winning musical officially opened November 13, 1997, at the New Amsterdam Theatre, subsequently transferring to the Minskoff Theatre in June 2006. It still runs there to this day.