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PostHeaderIcon Clifton Oliver As Simba in Lion King’s Broadway’s Minskoff Theater

Disney Theatrical Productions: The Lion King Welcomes Clifton Oliver As Simba to Broadway’s Minskoff Theater. Clifton Oliver took over the role as Simba starting from Friday, May 13. Dashaun Young, who played his final Broadway performance on Saturday, May 7 as Simba, will reprise the role with the Las Vegas company on Monday, June 20. Oliver originated the role of Simba in the Las Vegas production at Mandalay Bay (2009) and the Los Angeles production at the Pantages Theater (2000) and performed as Simba on the first national tour.

Clifton Oliver As Simba in Lion King Broadway

Clifton Oliver As Simba in Lion King Broadway

Clifton Oliver also starred on Broadway as Benny (opposite Jordin Sparks) in In the Heights and as Fiyero in Wicked and appeared in the Los Angeles company of Ragtime. Oliver’s Off-Broadway credits include Wig Out and Miracle Brothers (Vineyard Theatre). Touring productions include Benny in Rent (Australia) and Teen Angel in Grease (second national). Television includes a guest starring role as Mad Hoops on “Law & Order: Criminal Intent.”

Produced by Disney Theatrical Productions, The Lion King is currently playing at Broadway’s Minskoff Theatre (200 West 45th Street). The show officially opened on Broadway on November 13, 1997.

The Broadway cast of The Lion King also features GARETH SAXE as the sardonic and deviously cunning “Scar,” ALTON FITZGERALD WHITE as “Mufasa,” the great warrior and ruler of the Pridelands, and TSHIDI MANYE as the wise baboon shaman “Rafiki.” CAMERON POW portrays the prim and proper hornbilled bird “Zazu,” TOM ALAN ROBBINS is the carefree warthog “Pumbaa,” FRED BERMAN is the wisecracking meerkat “Timon” and CHAUNTEÉ SCHULER is the loyal lioness “Nala.”

The Lion King is the seventh longest-running musical in Broadway history and one of only five productions in theatre history to play for ten years or more, both on Broadway and in the West End. The Lion King can currently be seen on Broadway (its flagship production), on stages across North America, and in Las Vegas, London’s West End, Hamburg, Tokyo and Singapore.

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