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Broadway: The Lion King. Other Credits: Ain’t Misbehavin’, Guys and Dolls, The Piano Lesson, The Old Settler, In the Blood, Dreamgirls, The Color Purple (workshop). Education: MFA, Brandeis University. (read more)
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Broadway: The Lion King. Other Credits: Ain’t Misbehavin’, Guys and Dolls, The Piano Lesson, The Old Settler, In the Blood, Dreamgirls, The Color Purple (workshop). Education: MFA, Brandeis University. (read more)
THE LION KING Celebrates 21 Years On Broadway Today, November 13THE LION KING Celebrates 21 Years On Broadway Today, November 13
by BWW News Desk - Nov 13, 2018

Broadway's award-winning best musical THE LION KING celebrates its 21st anniversary today, Tuesday, November 13. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Broadway Gets Freaky! On the Red Carpet for the Premiere of FREAKY FRIDAYPhoto Coverage: Broadway Gets Freaky! On the Red Carpet for the Premiere of FREAKY FRIDAY
by Jennifer Broski - Jul 31, 2018

Disney Theatrical Productions just celebrated its first stage-to-television collaboration with the Disney Channel in adapting its original stage musical Freaky Friday for a worldwide televised premiere on the Disney Channel on Friday, August 10th. (more...)

VIDEO: Lea Salonga, Mandy Gonzalez & More Celebrate International Women's DayVIDEO: Lea Salonga, Mandy Gonzalez & More Celebrate International Women's Day
by Stage Tube - Mar 8, 2018

In honor of International Women's Day, the Broadway League asked 25 leading ladies of Broadway to describe Women in one word. Watch below as strong women of Broadway unite! (more...)

Photo Coverage: The Circle of Life Continues as Cast Celebrates 20 Years of THE LION KING!Photo Coverage: The Circle of Life Continues as Cast Celebrates 20 Years of THE LION KING!
by Jennifer Broski - Nov 6, 2017

Last night at the Minskoff Theatre, The Lion King celebrated a huge milestone- 20 years on Broadway. Creative team members Julie Taymor, Tim Rice, Garth Fagan, Lebo M., Mark Mancina, Roger Allers, and Irene Mecchi joined hundreds of alumni and others for a special performance of the show, culminating in a surprise performance by The Lion King's Tony-nominated composer Elton John. (more...)

Podcast: New Episode of Disney's Original Podcast Series Highlight's THE LION KING
by Disney on Broadway - Mar 13, 2017

The third episode of our Official Disney on Broadway Podcast, The Pride of The Lion King, is now live. In this episode, we chat with company members whose time with the show ranges from 8 months to 17 years. You will hear about what it is like on and off stage for this very special Broadway family. Interviews include Adrienne Walker (Nala), Tshidi Manye (Rafiki), Bonita J. Hamilton (Shenzi), and Rema Webb (Ensemble, Understudy for Sarabi and Shenzi). (more...)

THE LION KING Celebrates 19th Anniversary on Broadway This Sunday
by BWW News Desk - Nov 11, 2016

Entering its 20th year, THE LION KING continues ascendant as one of the most popular stage musicals in the world.  Since its Broadway premiere on November 13, 1997, 24 global productions have been seen by more than 85 million people.  Produced by Disney Theatrical Productions (under the direction of Thomas Schumacher), THE LION KING is only the second show in history to generate five productions worldwide running 10 or more years.  Translated into eight different languages (Japanese, German, Korean, French, Dutch, Spanish, Portuguese and Mandarin), productions of THE LION KING can currently be seen on Broadway; London's West End; Hamburg; Tokyo; Madrid; Mexico City; Shanghai; Scheveningen and on tour across North America, for a total of nine productions running concurrently across the globe.  Having played over 100 cities in 20 countries on every continent except Antarctica, THE LION KING's worldwide gross exceeds that of any film, Broadway show or other entertainment title in box office history.   (more...)

VIDEO: Adam Jacobs Explains Origins of ALADDIN/LION KING Epic Medley
by TV News Desk - Jan 8, 2016

Broadway Star Adam Jacobs was part of an epic new medley featuring the Broadway casts of ALADDIN and THE LION KING. (more...)

VIDEO: Casts of THE LION KING & ALADDIN Join Forces in Brand New Medley on GMA!
by TV News Desk - Jan 8, 2016

The cast of Broadway's The Lion King and ALADDIN joined forces on this morning's Good Morning America to perform an epic brand new medley. Check out the appearance in full below! (more...)

Broadway's ALADDIN & THE LION KING to Join Forces in New Medley on GMA Tomorrow
by BWW News Desk - Jan 7, 2016

Broadway is appearing all over morning shows this season, and we love it! Catch Disney's hit Broadway productions of ALADDIN and THE LION KING performing a brand new medley of songs from both shows on 'Good Morning America' tomorrow, Friday, January 8th, 2016. Be sure to set your DVR, and BWW will bring you clips as soon as we have them! (more...)

Photo Flash: EMPIRE Stars Visit Broadway's THE LION KING
by BWW News Desk - Dec 11, 2015

EMPIRE stars Trai Byers and Grace Gealy recently visited Disney's THE LION KING on Broadway, stopping to pose with cast members Aaron Nelson (Simba) and Nia Holloway (Nala) after the show. Scroll down for a photo! (more...)

Photo Flash: OMG! THE LION KING Company Reacts to 'Circle of Life' 360 Video
by BWW News Desk - Nov 20, 2015

Scroll down to watch THE LION KING's Broadway company experience the 360 virtual reality video for the first time! Featured are Tshidi Manye (who plays Rafiki and is one of the featured soloists in the video), ensemble members Jaysin McCollum and Bravita Threatt, and Chantel Riley (Nala). (more...)

THE LION KING Gets a New 'Mufasa' & 'Simba' Starting Tomorrow
by BWW News Desk - Jul 9, 2015

Welcome to the pride! L. Steven Taylor and Jelani Remy will join Broadway's The Lion King as its leading men -- father and son Mufasa and Simba, respectively -- starting tomorrow, July 10. (more...)

Exclusive Photo Coverage: THE LION KING Cast Sings 'O Holy Night' for Carols For A Cure
by Genevieve Rafter Keddy - Nov 29, 2014

BroadwayWorld is excited to continue our exclusive photo coverage of the recording sessions for this year's album with the cast of The Lion King, who sing 'O Holy Night.' Check out photos of cast members Bonita J. Hamilton and Rema Webb below! (more...)

Meet the Current Casts of Broadway's Long Running Hits - THE LION KING
by BWW Special Coverage - Aug 1, 2014

A great, big Broadway season is on its way, with fourteen productions already slated to open in the next few months. With several weeks until the craziness begins, there is still plenty of time to catch up on what's been going on at Broadway's already occupied theaters . BroadwayWorld will be profiling the hits of the Great White Way that continue to draw crowds after months, years, and (in some cases) decades. Meet the current cast of Broadway's The Lion King below! (more...)

THE LION KING Becomes Broadway's Fourth Longest-Running Show
by BWW News Desk - Dec 2, 2013

Disney's landmark musical event, THE LION KING, played its 6,681st performance on Saturday evening, November 30th, surpassing the original Broadway production ofLes Miserables (6,680 performances) to become the fourth longest-running show in Broadway history. (more...)

THE LION KING to Celebrate 16th Anniversary on Broadway, Nov 13
by BWW News Desk - Nov 12, 2013

As the 2013 calendar year comes to a close, Disney's landmark musical event, THE LION KING, celebrates several milestones around the globe. (more...)

THE LION KING's Chantel Riley and Ben Jeffrey Appear on WHO WANTS TO BE A MILLIONAIRE Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Dec 10, 2012

In celebration of the 15th anniversary of "The Lion King" on Broadway, "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire," with Emmy Award-winning host Meredith Vieira, will host two principal actors from the hit musical as contestants today, December 10. Chantel Riley (Nala) and Ben Jeffrey (Pumbaa) will play "Millionaire" as a two-person team and will donate their winnings to The Actors Fund, a national human services organization that helps professionals in performing arts and entertainment in times of need, crisis or transition. The duo is guaranteed to win a minimum of $10,000 for The Actors Fund. (more...)

THE LION KING's Chantel Riley and Ben Jeffrey to Appear on WHO WANTS TO BE A MILLIONAIRE, 12/10
by BWW News Desk - Dec 7, 2012

In celebration of the 15th anniversary of "The Lion King" on Broadway, "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire," with Emmy Award-winning host Meredith Vieira, will host two principal actors from the hit musical as contestants on Monday, December 10. Chantel Riley (Nala) and Ben Jeffrey (Pumbaa) will play "Millionaire" as a two-person team and will donate their winnings to The Actors Fund, a national human services organization that helps professionals in performing arts and entertainment in times of need, crisis or transition. The duo is guaranteed to win a minimum of $10,000 for The Actors Fund. (more...)

Photo Flash: THE LION KING's Alton Fitzgerald White & More at Empire State Building for Show's 15th Anniversary
by BWW News Desk - Dec 4, 2012

In celebration of the fifteenth anniversary of Broadway's landmark musical event The Lion King, cast members Alton Fitzgerald White, Chondra La-Tease Profit and Lindiwe Dlamini 'flipped the switch' and lit the world-famous Empire State Building's tower lights with the signature color of the production. The lights will shine yellow in honor of the anniversary today, December 4, 2012. Check out photos of the cast at the Empire State Building below! (more...)

THE LION KING's Andile Gumbi and Chantel Riley to Appear on 'The Chew' Tomorrow
by BWW News Desk - Dec 4, 2012

The Broadway score features Elton John and Tim Rice's music from The Lion King animated film along with three new songs by John and Rice; additional musical material by South African Lebo M, Mark Mancina, Jay Rifkin, Julie Taymor and Hans Zimmer; and music from 'Rhythm of the Pride Lands,' an album inspired by the original music in the film, written by Lebo M, Mark Mancina and Hans Zimmer. The resulting sound of The Lion King is a fusion of Western popular music and the distinctive sounds and rhythms of Africa, ranging from the Academy Award-winning song "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" to the haunting ballad "Shadowland." (more...)

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