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THE LION KING Becomes Broadway's Fourth Longest-Running Show

The book has been adapted by Roger Allers, who co-directed The Lion King animated feature, and Irene Mecchi, who co-wrote the film's screenplay. Other members of the creative team include: Michael Curry, who designed the masks and puppets with Taymor, Steve Canyon Kennedy (sound design), Michael Ward (hair and makeup design), John Stefaniuk (associate director), Marey Griffith (associate choreographer), Clement Ishmael (music supervisor) and Doc Zorthian (production supervisor). Anne Quart serves as associate producer.

"Scar" is played by Gareth Saxe. Alton Fitzgerald White is "Mufasa," Tshidi Manye is the baboon shaman "Rafiki," Jeffrey Kuhn portrays the hornbilled bird "Zazu," Ben Jeffrey is the warthog "Pumbaa" and Fred Berman is the meerkat "Timon." Mufasa's son, "Simba," the lion prince born to be king, is played by Aaron Nelson, and Chantel Riley is the lioness "Nala."

The show also features JAmes Brown-ORLEANS ("Banzai"), Bonita J. Hamilton ("Shenzi") and Enrique Segura ("Ed"). The role of "Young Simba" is alternated between Cole Bullock and Caleb McLaughlin and the role of "Young Nala" is alternated between Teshi Thomas and KACI WALFALL.

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