Lion King Tickets FREE!

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The Circle of Life continues!

I am really happy to tell you about an incredible opportunity that was just announced by the producers of the hit Broadway show, The Lion King. In honor of the show’s twenty year (!) anniversary on Broadway, there will be a FREE performance on Wed. Nov. 15 at 8 PM at the Minskoff Theatre, and every single ticket to the third longest running show on Broadway will be given away. The Minskoff has a seating capacity of 1,621 seats.

Photo credit: Joan Marcus

How to get in on this great event?

Obviously, New Yorkers and tourists will be clamoring to see this free performance. To make it fair, there will be a lottery in all five boroughs on Sunday, November 12. You must enter in person.

The main lottery event will take place in Times Square on the plaza between 45th and 46th Streets from 10 AM to 6 PM, with some fun Lion King themed events, including cast members signing autographs, and even the extraordinary masks and puppets from the show making an appearance.

Other locations to enter the lottery:

12pm-4:30pm  Queens Library, Central Library (89-11 Merrick Blvd, Jamaica, NY 11432)
12pm – 6pm    New York Public Library, Bronx Library Center (310 E Kingsbridge Rd, Bronx, NY 10458)
1pm – 5pm      Brooklyn Public Library, Central Branch (10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, NY 11238)
1pm – 5pm      New York Public Library, Inwood Library (4790 Broadway, New York, NY 10034)
1pm – 5pm      New York Public Library, Todt Hill- Westerleigh Library (2550 Victory Blvd, Staten Island, NY 10314)

The beloved musical version of the animated film officially opened on Broadway on Nov. 13, 1997 and since its Broadway debut, 24 global productions have been seen by over 90 million people worldwide. The Lion King won six Tony Awards in 1998.

For rules and details about this fabulous free event go to:


  • Five-time Billboard Award-winning media personality Valerie Smaldone is a theatre, food, lifestyle and entertainment enthusiast. She is a celebrity interviewer, accomplished voice-over artist and actress. Recent appearances on episodic tv include Law and Order, Criminal Intent, The Other Two (on HBO Max), Tommy, Manifest and Blue Bloods. She is an audiobook narrator and producer. A live event emcee, moderator, and "Voice of God" at events and award ceremonies, Valerie has joined The Story Plant Entertainment Company and is currently working on a film and Broadway play. Visit her website at

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