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Date of Birth: November 20, 1948 (74)

Birth Place: Camden, SC, USA

Bio:
Wright was an American actor and singer. He was best known as the voice of Sebastian in Disney's The Little Mermaid, for which he provided the lead vocals to "Under the Sea",[1] which won the Academy Award for Best Original Song. He played Dizzy Gillespie in Bird, the biographical film about Charlie ... (read complete bio)

Stage Credits

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1997
Mufasa
  [Off-Broadway]
Encores! Concert, 1997
Mr. Kirkeby
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1991
Mayor Joe Clark
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1989
Bruce Aiken
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1983
William Sheridan
William
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1974
Sam
  [West End]
London Production, 1973
Performer
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1972
Leading Player [Replacement]
  [Broadway]
Broadway Transfer, 1971
Valentine [Replacement]
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1971
Apostle
Leper
Reporter

Samuel E. Wright Biography

Wright was an American actor and singer. He was best known as the voice of Sebastian in Disney's The Little Mermaid, for which he provided the lead vocals to "Under the Sea",[1] which won the Academy Award for Best Original Song. He played Dizzy Gillespie in Bird, the biographical film about Charlie Parker. Wright also played the part of Mufasa in the original cast of The Lion King on Broadway and voiced Kron the Iguanodon in Disney's 2000 CGI/live-action film Dinosaur.

Samuel E. Wright Awards and Nominations

 
Tony Awards - 1998 - Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical
Samuel E. Wright, The Lion King
 
Tony Awards - 1984 - Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical
Samuel E. Wright, The Tap Dance Kid

Samuel E. Wright News

Video: THE LION KING Pays Tribute to Original 'Mufasa' Samuel E. Wright on 24th Anniv Photo Video: THE LION KING Pays Tribute to Original 'Mufasa' Samuel E. Wright on 24th Anniversary
by A.A. Cristi - Nov 15, 2021

This weekend, the Lion King celebrated its 24th anniversary on Broadway. As part of its celebration, the anniversary performance was dedicated to the memory of the creator of the role of Mufasa in the original 1997 production, Samuel E. Wright, who received a Tony nomination for his performance. 

BWW Review: DISNEY'S THE LION KING  at The Orpheum Theatre Memphis Photo BWW Review: DISNEY'S THE LION KING at The Orpheum Theatre Memphis
by AniKatrina Fageol - Nov 13, 2021

Disney's The Lion King roars its way back into Memphis and audiences are thrilled to welcome the popular show back to the Orpheum stage! Always a Memphis favorite, the show is pure magic for its audiences, adults and children alike. 

THE LION KING Will Celebrate its 24th Anniversary On Broadway This Weekend Photo THE LION KING Will Celebrate its 24th Anniversary On Broadway This Weekend
by Stephi Wild - Nov 12, 2021

The Lion King will celebrate its 24th anniversary on Broadway tomorrow, Saturday, November 13, 2021. The show opened on November 13, 1997 at the newly-renovated New Amsterdam Theatre and has played 9,387 performances as of today and entertained more than 15,870,000 guests on Broadway alone.

Wake Up With BWW 5/26: HADESTOWN Band Diversity Initiative, LES MISERABLES in Tokyo,  Photo Wake Up With BWW 5/26: HADESTOWN Band Diversity Initiative, LES MISERABLES in Tokyo, and More!
by Stephi Wild - May 26, 2021

Today's top stories: Hadestown band diversity initiative, Les Miserables opens in Tokyo, and more!

LITTLE MERMAID Actor Samuel E. Wright Dies at 74 Photo LITTLE MERMAID Actor Samuel E. Wright Dies at 74
by Sarah Jae Leiber - May 25, 2021

Wright had an extensive career on Broadway, including appearances as Mufasa in 'The Lion King' and replacing Ben Vereen in the original Broadway production of 'Pippin.'

Theater Stories: THE LION KING, SUNSET BOULEVARD, the JOSEPH Revival & More About The Photo Theater Stories: THE LION KING, SUNSET BOULEVARD, the JOSEPH Revival & More About The Minskoff Theatre
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Feb 21, 2021

This week's Theater Stories features The Minskoff Theatre! Learn about the stars to have graced the Minskoff stage, including Debbie Reynolds, Debbie Allen, Bette Midler, Glenn Close & more; the theater's longest-running show, The Lion King, and much more!

BWW Review: THE LITTLE MERMAID at Downtown Cabaret Children's Theatre Photo BWW Review: THE LITTLE MERMAID at Downtown Cabaret Children's Theatre
by Sean Fallon - Feb 22, 2020

On Saturday, February 22, I had the pleasure of seeing the opening performance of THE LITTLE MERMAID at the Downtown Cabaret Children's Theatre, in Bridgeport, CT. This adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen story, made famous to younger generations by the animated Disney movie is written by Phill Hill.  Having never personally read the Hans Christian Andersen story, my character name references will be based on the Disney adaptation, which I do believe is likely to be the version most well known.  Ricky Altamirano directs, choreographs and stars as Hermit, the crab Disney calls a?oeSebastian.a??

Everything to Know About Disney on Broadway! Photo Everything to Know About Disney on Broadway!
by Linnae Medeiros - Nov 1, 2019

Disney has officially been making magic on Broadway for 25 years! As BroadwayWorld previously reported, Disney on Broadway is partnering with Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS to put on a special benefit to celebrate the momentous occasion. We're getting in on the celebration by looking back at Disney's show-stopping productions, from classics like Beauty and the Beast and Newsies to current favorites like Aladdin and Frozen. Check it all out!

THE LITTLE MERMAID Dives Into the Walt Disney Signature Collection in Honor of 30th A Photo THE LITTLE MERMAID Dives Into the Walt Disney Signature Collection in Honor of 30th Anniversary
by Kaitlin Milligan - Jan 11, 2019

In honor of its 30th¬†anniversary, two-time Academy Award¬ģ-winner (Best Original Score and Best Original Song ‚ÄúUnder the Sea,‚ÄĚ 1989) ‚ÄúThe Little Mermaid,‚ÄĚ dives into the highly celebrated Walt Disney Signature Collection with all-new bonus features and a sing-along mode. The magical, musical tale of mermaid princess Ariel ‚ÄĒ along with loveable sidekicks Sebastian and Flounder, and the love-to-hate sea witch Ursula ‚ÄĒ is¬†shore¬†to make a splash with all generations when it comes home for the first time Digitally in HD, 4K Ultra HD¬†¬†and Movies Anywhere on¬†Feb. 12, and on 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray on¬†Feb. 26.

Photo Flash: TCG Fetes WAR PAINT Creative Team at 2017 Gala Photo Photo Flash: TCG Fetes WAR PAINT Creative Team at 2017 Gala
by BWW News Desk - Nov 17, 2017

Theatre Communications Group's (TCG) 2017 Gala celebrated the War Paint creative team, and featured special performances by actor Samuel E. Wright accompanied by Michael Forman. Wright played the part of Mufasa in the original cast of The Lion King on Broadway. Original Broadway cast members John Dossett and Chris Hoch performed 'Dinosaurs' from War Paint accompanied by Paul Staroba. Scroll down for photos from the evening!

Samuel E. Wright Videos

VIDEO: THE LITTLE MERMAID's 'Kiss the Girl' Inspires Real-Life Romance!
by Caryn Robbins - Oct 9, 2015

The Little Mermen, NYC's favorite Disney cover band, serenaded couples in Washington Square Park to try and get them to kiss.


Samuel E. Wright Frequently Asked Questions

How many Broadway shows has Samuel E. Wright been in?
Samuel E. Wright has appeared on Broadway in 8 shows.

How many West End shows has Samuel E. Wright been in?
Samuel E. Wright has appeared on London's West End in 1 shows.

What was Samuel E. Wright's first West End show?
Samuel E. Wright's first West End show was Two Gentlemen of Verona which opened in 1973

What awards has Samuel E. Wright been nominated for?
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical (Tony Awards) for The Lion King and Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical (Tony Awards) for The Tap Dance Kid .