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Casting Announced for Disney's THE LION KING at PPAC


Casting has been announced for the Providence engagement of Disney's THE LION KING. The six-time Tony Award winner triumphantly returns to the Providence Performing Arts Center (PPAC) for a limited three-week engagement, from Tuesday, February 28 to Sunday, March 19, 2017.

In Providence, THE LION KING is part of the Taco/White Family Foundation Broadway Series.

The Providence engagement of THE LION KING features Mark Campbell as "Scar," Gerald Ramsey as "Mufasa," Buyi Zama as "Rafiki," Nick Cordileone as "Timon," Drew Hirshfield as "Zazu," Ben Lipitz as "Pumbaa," Dashaun Young as "Simba," Nia Holloway as "Nala," Keith Bennett as "Banzai," Tiffany Denise Hobbs as "Shenzi," and Robbie Swiftas "Ed."

The role of "Young Simba" is alternated between Devin Graves and JorDan Williams and the role of "Young Nala" is alternated between Grier Burke and Meilani Cisneros.

THE LION KING follows a traditional Taco/White Family Foundation Broadway Series schedule (Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 7P, Thursdays and Fridays at 7:30P, Saturdays at 2P & 8P, and Sundays at 1P & 6:30P), with the following exceptions: there is an added matinee performance scheduled on Thursday, March 16, 2017 at 1P and the final performance forTHE LION KING is Sunday, March 19, 2017 at 1P. Please note that there is NO Sunday evening performance at 6:30P on March 19.

Tickets are available at the PPAC Box Office (located at 220 Weybosset Street in downtown Providence), online at or by calling (401) 421-ARTS (2787). Box Office Hours are Monday through Friday, 10A to 5P,Saturday, 10A to 2P and two hours prior to curtain times on performance days. Premium Ticket Packages, which include prime seat locations, a commemorative souvenir program, and an exclusive merchandise item, are also available. Orders for groups of ten (10) or more may be placed by contacting Paul Hiatt at or (401) 574-3162, Mondaythrough Friday, 9A to 5P.

The North American touring productions of THE LION KING have been seen by more than 17 million theatergoers. Having already played more than 70 cities across North America, THE LION KING now proudly makes its Providence return at the Providence Performing Arts Center (PPAC).


In its 19th 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, Mandarin and Portuguese), 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.

THE LION KING won six 1998 Tony Awards®: Best Musical, Best Scenic Design (Richard Hudson), Best Costume Design (Julie Taymor), Best Lighting Design (Donald Holder), Best Choreography (Garth Fagan) and Best Direction of a Musical. THE LION KING has also earned more than 70 major arts awards including the 1998 NY Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Musical, the 1999 Grammy® for Best Musical Show Album, the 1999 Evening Standard Award for Theatrical Event of the Year and the 1999 Laurence Olivier Awards for Best Choreography and Best Costume Design.

the show's director, costume designer and mask co-designer Julie Taymor continues to play an integral part in the show's ongoing success. The first woman to win a Tony Award for Direction of a Musical, Taymor has in recent years supervised new productions of the show around the world.

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."

The book has been adapted by Roger Allers, who co-directed The Lion Kinganimated 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.

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The Providence engagement of Disney's THE LION KING is presented by arrangement with the Providence Performing Arts Center and is a subscription offering of the Taco/White Family Foundation Broadway Series.

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