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About Monkey: Journey to the West


About the Show

Be transported into the enchanting, fantastical world of Monkey: Journey to the West in a vibrant musical retelling of the Chinese classic by Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett, creators of the wildly popular supergroup Gorillaz. Equal parts epic music theater and stunning animation, this hugely successful production includes a remarkable cast of Chinese acrobats, singers, mind-bending contortionists, martial artists, and transfixing animated displays, all under the inspired direction of Chen Shi-Zheng.

Performed in Mandarin with English subtitles.

The Story

Monkey: Journey to the West is the tale of an irrepressible band of characters—the Monkey King, Tripitaka, the Dragon Prince, Pigsy, and Sandy—on a harrowing adventure through stymieing obstacles and menacing characters in search of the holy scriptures in India.

Meet the characters

The Monkey King

Hatched from an egg that emerged from a stone struck by lighting, the Monkey King gains immortality after studying with a Taoist master who teaches him various kinds of magic.


Pigsy, once the General of Heavenly Reeds in the Heavenly River, is a character of lusts—for food, women, and wine—whose botched reincarnation accidentally resulted in his being given a pig’s body.


Tripitaka is a handsome, devout Buddhist monk, reincarnated from a golden cicada, selected by the goddess Guan Yin to undertake a journey to India to receive holy Buddhist scriptures that will save China.


Also known as the Sand Monk, Sandy was formerly the Curtain-Raising General for the supreme Jade Emperor, who began to devour people to distract himself from his extreme melancholy and who now wants to redeem himself as a disciple of Tripitaka.

The Dragon Prince

The Dragon Prince is the son of the King of the Western Ocean. One day, playing with matches, he set the palace on fire, destroying magic pearls and starting a revolution. Guan Yin rescued him from execution, and the Dragon Prince is turned into the White Horse, the beast that carries Tripitaka on the journey to the West.

Bring the whole family

Audiences young and old have been amazed by Monkey: Journey to the West at sold-out performances all over the world. With an epic story, thrilling music, and stunning animation, the remarkable cast of Chinese singers, acrobats, and martial artists entrance and delight.

At just two gasp-filled hours performed without an intermission, Monkey: Journey to the West won’t test the attention spans of children. This performance is recommended for audiences age eight and up.


Bring your family. Save big.

Enjoy Monkey: Journey to the West with your family. Purchase four tickets to any performance and save 25%. You’ll also receive a Monkey Around Pass for additional savings on food, beverage, and more at the performance.


Discount excludes full-priced tickets of $25 and $250 and above.


Prepare your family for
their unforgettable journey.

Monkey: Journey to the (Upper) West.

The Monkey King is all over town. Families should check out Monkey King: A Story from China, an exhibit going on until July 12 at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan (West 83rd between Broadway and Amsterdam) that celebrates the same ancient story as Monkey: Journey to the West.

Meet the Artist Saturdays

Mark your calendars: Join the Children’s Museum of Manhattan at the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center for a Meet the Artist Saturday event on June 1. Learn more.

Take your group on an unforgettable journey and save!

Monkey: Journey to the West is an audience experience unlike any other. And our special options for groups make it an affordable, unforgettable night out for any group of 10 or more people.


Groups Receive a Five-Star Experience

  • Save up to 25% on tickets
  • The very best available seats
  • Monkey Around Pass: Save on food, drink, Monkey merchandise, hotels, and Lincoln Center guided tours
  • Chance for a post-show photo with the Monkey King
    (groups of 25 or more from July 10–28)



Don’t wait—book your group today!
Call 212.875.5378 for personalized service.

Preview Performance Special

Save an additional 5% on your order for performances on July 6 and 7

Tuesday–Saturday at 8:00 and Sunday at 2:00

  50+ people 25–49 people 10–24 people Regular
Level 1 $140 $148 $157 $175
Level 2 $80 $85 $90 $100
Level 3 $68 $72 $76 $85
Level 4 $50 $50 $50 $55
Level 5 $25 $25 $25 $25

Saturday at 2:00 and Sunday at 8:00

  50+ people 25–49 people 10–24 people Regular
Level 1 $120 $127 $135 $150
Level 2 $76 $80 $86 $95
Level 3 $56 $60 $63 $70
Level 4 $50 $50 $50 $55
Level 5 $25 $25 $25 $25
A facility fee of $3.00 per ticket and a service fee of $10.50 apply to all orders. Programs, artists, and prices subject to change. All ticket purchases are final; no refunds, exchanges, or cancellations are allowed. Prices above are valid until April 30, 2013.

Be The Top Monkey: Enjoy Our Premium Tickets


Priced at $250, your premium journey includes:

  • The best seats in the house
  • A complimentary pre-show Monkey signature beverage—your choice of:
    • the Magic Monkey martini
    • the Monkey Punch cocktail
    • the Banana Strawberry Monkey Juice
  • a Monkey: Journey to the West souvenir

To purchase premium seating, please choose full-price $250 tickets when ordering. Along with your tickets, you will receive vouchers to redeem at the performance to receive your beverage and souvenir.

Please note that premium tickets are not available in conjunction with any discounts or special offers.

Everything you need to know.

Monkey: Journey to the West will be performed at the David H. Koch Theater, at Lincoln Center on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, between West 62nd and 65th Streets and Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues. The nearest subway stops are 59th Street–Columbus Circle on the A, B, C, and D trains, and 66th Street–Lincoln Center on the 1. And if you’re driving, there’s plenty of protected underground parking right on the Lincoln Center campus—just look for the PARK signs.

Directions and Parking

Getting Here

By Car

Convenient self parking is located at Lincoln Center on 62nd, 63rd, and 65th Streets. Parking may be reserved in advance when purchasing your tickets. Visit or call 212.721.6500 for more detailed directions.

By Subway

Take the 1 train to 66th Street–Lincoln Center, or the A, B, C, or D trains to 59th Street–Columbus Circle.

By Bus

The M5, M7, M10, M11, M66, and M104 bus routes all stop within one block of Lincoln Center.


An elevator is available from the Josie Robertson Plaza level entrance to all tiers of the theater. There is also an accessible elevator on the concourse near the handicapped parking area which may be used by ticket holders only by calling the David H. Koch Theater Box Office at 212.870.5570 in advance on the day of the performance.

Patrons Using Wheelchairs

Wheelchair access is available to the Josie Robertson Plaza by entering the double doors and taking the elevator from the concourse level to the Plaza. An elevator is available at the main entrance to the Orchestra level, and elevators are available on the Orchestra level to all tiers of the theater. For more information or if you require additional assistance, please call 212.721.6500.

Patrons with Hearing Loss

Assistive listening devices are available at Monkey: Journey to the West. For headsets and loops, see the attendant at the coat check. A major credit card or driver’s license is needed as a security deposit.

Patrons with Visual Impairment

Braille and large-type programs are available for Monkey: Journey to the West. Look for them in the theater lobby.


Lincoln Center is on Manhattan's Upper West Side, located between West 62nd and 65th Streets and Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue.

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