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PostHeaderIcon Lion King Cast and Crew Members Give Back to the Community – Video

The cast and crew members from Disney’s “The Lion King” spent part of their day off giving back to the community in Buffalo NY.

They prepared a meal Monday night at the Ronald McDonald House in Buffalo for families staying there while their children receive treatment at local hospitals.

Watch The Video – {Via wivb.com}

“The Lion King” cast and crew give back: wivb.com

Cast member John Sloan said, “It really is invigorating for us. It’s empowering for our show. And I think it makes you a better artist, to be quite honest. Because it forces you to look outside yourself, it forces you to see the impact that you can have, that your work your art can have on somebody else.”

Lion King continues its run at Sheas Performing Arts Center through October 30th. Cast members will perform in a benefit for the Ronald McDonald House October 24th at the Alleyway Theatre.

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PostHeaderIcon Lion King Mandalay Bay Theatre Cast Update

Disney’s “The Lion King” is welcoming three new cast members to the Las Vegas production at Mandalay Bay.

South African native Phindile Mkhize will take the stage as Rafiki on July 4. She has toured with “The Lion King” for eight years and traveled to Germany, Australia, Holland and Amsterdam.

Phindile Mkhize as Rafiki

Phindile Mkhize as Rafiki

Dashaun Young began his role as Simba in Las Vegas on June 23 following performances in London, Broadway and the National Tour.

Dashaun Young as Simba

Dashaun Young as Simba

Broadway newcomer Samantha Ware debuted with “The Lion King” on June 13. Ware hails from Lincoln, NE, where she was a student at Doane College.

Samantha Ware in Lion King

Samantha Ware in Lion King

Mandalay Bay’s production of The Lion King debuted in May 2009. Within nine weeks, it broke the resort’s box office record.

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PostHeaderIcon The Lion King New Cast members at the Lyceum Theatre

13 new cast members have joined Disney’s The Lion King at the Lyceum Theatre.

Liverpudlian actress Ava Brennan makes her West End debut as ‘Nala,’ having recently played this principal role in the Hamburg production. Damian Baldet , who has worked at La Jolla Playhouse, Soho rep and the Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati, comes fresh from the Las Vegas production to play the role of ‘Timon’. Jacquelyn Hodges joins having also performed in the Las Vegas production and in the North American tour, to play the role of ‘Shenzi’. In addition, Sebastien Torkia will play the role of ‘Ed’. Previous West End credits include Saturday Night Fever, A Streetcar Named Desire, La Cage Aux Folles and Guys and Dolls.

New ensemble performers: Curtis Lee Scott, Cleveland Cathnott, Francisco Lins, Wade Lewin, Darcel Frederik, Aisha Jawando, Momo Yeung, Jose Alves and Jamie Golding who will contribute to the international company which already includes performers from 16 countries around the world: UK, Canada, USA, South Africa, Jamaica, Japan, Germany, Holland, France, Mexico, Australia, China, Taiwan, South Africa, Singapore and Korea.

The show continues to feature Shaun Escoffery (Mufasa) and George Asprey (Scar).

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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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PostHeaderIcon Samantha Ware to Play Nala in Lion King Las Vegas Production

Samantha Ware to Play the Role of Nala in Lion King Las Vegas Production Starting June 13, 2011.

“The Lion King” reached out to Ware in March while she was in Kansas City, playing opposite Sally Struthers in “Chicago” at Union Station’s City Stage. She took off the spring semester from Doane, where’s she’s a sophomore.

Samantha Ware to Play Nala in Lion King Las Vegas Production

Samantha Ware to Play Nala in Lion King Las Vegas Production


She played Mimi in “Rent” last year at the City Stage in Union Station, in Kansas City, Mo. Locally, however, she is a stage veteran, having appeared in numerous shows at the Lincoln Community Playhouse, Pinewood Bowl and her high school, Lincoln North Star. Samantha Ware is a 2009 North Star graduate.

She went to New York to audition for a role in the Broadway production of Lion King. Producers of “The Lion King” called her in December, but, unfortunately, lost out on the role after reaching the final two. But there was a consolation prize — “The Lion King” asked if she would be willing to play Nala in its Las Vegas production at the Mandalay Bay casino. She agreed, and will begin her run June 13.

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PostHeaderIcon Ava Brennan West End debut in The Lion King for The Principal Role of Lioness ‘Nala’

Liverpool actress Ava Brennan will make her West End debut on May 17th 2011 as she joins the London cast of Disney’s award-winning musical The Lion King. Ava will play the principal role of lioness ‘Nala’, having recently played in the Hamburg production.

Ava Brennan will Play the Principal Role of Lioness ‘Nala’

Ava Brennan will Play the Principal Role of Lioness ‘Nala’


Originally from Bootle in Liverpool, Ava trained at the Loretta Legge Theatre School in Maghull, Merseyside where she gained extensive training in ballet, modern dance and tap.

She then went on to achieve roles in various European productions of Oklahoma! Aida, The Count of Monte Cristo and Hairspray.

Ava Brennan said: “When I first got offered the job to play Nala in the London production, I was ecstatic. It has been a dream of mine to perform on the West End since I was little, I still cannot believe it now! I am so excited to get on stage and be part of the Lion King family.”

Now in its twelfth year at the Lyceum Theatre, The Lion King continues to reign as one of London’s most popular musicals. Over 9 million people have seen the show since it opened in London in October 1999 and 55 million people have seen The Lion King worldwide. With record-breaking productions in New York, Las Vegas, Singapore, Hamburg and Tokyo, this global phenomenon also on North American tour is set to launch in Madrid in October 2011.

Associate Director John Stefaniuk, who has worked closely with Ava said: “Ava is a true gift to The Lion King. Finding an actress with the ability to play Nala is always challenging as it’s a role with extraordinary physical, vocal and emotional demands.

“However, Ava took on the role with such commitment in Hamburg that bringing her to the West End was an easy decision for us. She is an outstanding addition to our West End production.”

{Via ClickLiverPool.com}

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PostHeaderIcon Alphonso Romero Jones II who plays Simba in ‘Lion King’ wins Young Artists Award

Alphonso Romero Jones II won the award for “Best Performance in Live Theater” for his portrayal of young Simba in Disney’s Broadway production of “The Lion King,”; in the 32nd Annual Young Artist Awards, held at the Empire Ballroom of the Sportsmen’s Lodge Hotel in Studio City, Calif., last sunday night.

Jones bested other nominees Quinton Lopez of “Sick,” Adam Riegler of “The Addams Family,” and Marquis Kofi Rodriguez, who portrayed Simba in “The Lion King” before Jones got the role, at the awards ceremony, best described as the Oscars for young performers.

According to mom Kathy Jones, Alphonso was so excited he texted home right away.

“I got a text from him that said, ‘Mommy, I won. Yaaaaaaaaaaaay! Thank you Jesus,’” she said. “Then I texted him back, ‘Good job, baby!’”

Alphonso, a 12-year-old straight-A student in the sixth grade at P.J. Hill Elementary School, has been in the show since October 2009. His Broadway run will come to an end on Easter Sunday.

Lion King is currently playing on tour in Schenectady, NY through March 20, 2011. Then it moves to Rochester, NY for the performances in Rochester Auditorium Theatre from March 22 to April 17, 2011. Save $10 on Lion King Rochester Auditorium Theatre Ticket Orders over $350. Use Code AFF$10

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PostHeaderIcon Lion King Musical – Costumes, Puppets and Masks

Check out the costumes for ‘Lion King’ Musical – Via {Times Union.com}

Lion King Musical - Costumes, Puppets and Masks

Lion King Musical - Costumes, Puppets and Masks


Lion King Musical - Costumes, Puppets and Masks

Lion King Musical - Costumes, Puppets and Masks


Lion King Musical - Costumes, Puppets and Masks

Lion King Musical - Costumes, Puppets and Masks


Lion King Musical - Costumes, Puppets and Masks

Lion King Musical - Costumes, Puppets and Masks


Lion King Musical - Costumes, Puppets and Masks

Lion King Musical - Costumes, Puppets and Masks


Lion King Musical - Costumes, Puppets and Masks

Lion King Musical - Costumes, Puppets and Masks


Lion King Musical - Costumes, Puppets and Masks

Lion King Musical - Costumes, Puppets and Masks

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PostHeaderIcon Bone-Marrow Drive in November in Memory of ‘Lion King’ Star Tavarez

Tavarez, who starred in the Broadway production of “The Lion King” as Young Nala, was in need of a bone-marrow transplant, but a perfect match was not found despite a drive being held in July.

A bone marrow donor registry drive is being organized in memory of Shannon Tavarez, the 11-year-old Broadway actress who died of leukemia at Cohen’s Children Medical Center in New Hyde Park in November, according to the Associated Press.

The drive will be held by DKMS, a bone marrow transplant center, on Sunday at the Harlem School of the Arts from 1-7 p.m. Registry requires a swab of the inner cheek.

She received an umbilical-cord transplant in August in lieu of the bone-marrow transplant.

Tavarez’s biracial ancestry — her mother is African-American and her father Dominican — complicated the search for a perfect match because there are typically fewer registered donors from minority groups.

Lion King is currently playing on tour in Durham, NC thru January 30, 2011. Save $10 on Lion King Durham Performing Arts Center Ticket Orders Over $350! Use Code AFF$10

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PostHeaderIcon Milwaukee’s Zaire Adams to play Simba in Disney’s Lion King Musical

Zaire Adams is headed to the spring to star in the Disney Musical Lion King. His parents tell FOX6 they discovered his voice at age three, while he was singing with the car radio.

Zaire Adams to star in the Disney Musical Lion King

Zaire Adams to star in the Disney Musical Lion King


The 4th grade students in Alysia Stewart-Browns class at Milwaukee’s Engleburg School learned together all school year long. 10-year-old Zaire Adams joined his classmates only six weeks ago. He just wrapped up singing and acting as an orphan in Twist that closed in Atlanta in October.

It’s his big smile, and big voice that landed Zaire a 10-month long gig at Las Vegas’ Mandalay Bay Hotel.

Zaire will leave Milwaukee again in March to play the lead role of young Simba in Disney’s Lion King.

Zaire’s well on his way to being a star. He played Munchkin #1 in Milwaukee’s First Stage Theater production of the Wiz.

Lion King is currently performing at Durham Performing Arts Center, Durham NC.

{Via FOX6}

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