Breaking: Full Cast Announced for THE LION KING International Tour
Michael Cassel Group in association with Disney Theatrical Productions are thrilled to reveal the full company of the international tour of Disney's THE LION KING. The tour is set to premiere in Manila, Philippines at The Theatre at Solaire (Aseana Avenue, Paranaque City) in March 2018, presented by Concertus Manila. The show will then transfer to the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore in June 2018.
The cast of THE LION KING features alumni who have performed in previous productions around the world including the London, Las Vegas, Shanghai, Basel, Hamburg, Taiwan, Singapore, Mexico, Brazil, and Johannesburg engagements, and the UK and Australian tours, along with a host of emerging talent from South Africa that will make this one of the most sensational casts to appear in acclaimed director Julie Taymor's groundbreaking musical.
Announced today, the principal cast includes Ntsepa Pitjeng who is returning to the role of 'Rafiki', having performed the role in the USA, UK, Brazil, and Switzerland productions. Direct from London's West End production is Mthokozisi Emkay Khanyile in the role of 'Mufasa.' Also from the UK is music theater performer Antony Lawrence as 'Scar.'
Australian actor Andre Jewson will feature as 'Zazu,' the charismatic New Zealand born performer Jamie McGregor will play 'Timon,' and South African favorite Pierre van Heerden will return as 'Pumbaa.'
Joining the company are six actors from the Philippines. Sharing the role of 'Young Simba' will be Julien Joshua Dolor, Pablo Palacpac, and Juan Gabriel Tiongson; sharing the role of 'Young Nala' will be Sheena Bentoy, Uma Martin, and Felicity Napuli.
Rounding out the principal cast are South African performers Calvyn Grandling, playing the much-loved role of 'Simba,' the up-and-coming star Noxolo Dlamini as 'Nala,' Candida Mosoma who returns to the role of 'Shenzi,' Bjorn Blignaut as 'Banzai,' and Mark Tatham as 'Ed.'
Joining THE LION KING ensemble are Chachano Baez, Dayan Kingsley Beukes, Tertia CoetzeeDippenaar, Viridiana Cortés, Felipe Flores, Trudy Fredericks, Jabulani Gambu, Liso Gcwabe, Sheila Maria Hernandez, Phumelele Jili, Christine Kapswarah, Amanda Kunene, Sfiso Matlala, Lungile Mkhize, Fumane Moeketsi, Noluyanda Mqulwana, Zodwa Mrasi, Lwazi Mzimase, Zolina Ngejane, Thato Nkwe, Thabani Ntuli, Peace Nzirawa, Nonofo Olekeng, Khanyisani Shoba, Phumelele Sikhakhane, Romy Jo Swales, Clifford Tlomatsana, Vuyelwa Tshona, Tlholo Tsotetsi, Benn Welford, Zi-Rong Wu, Daniel Guerrero Zazueta, Monde Zondi, and Sandile Zondi.
"Julie Taymor and her extraordinary creative team have brought together a truly diverse company, representing 12 countries in this production of enormous scale, beauty, and heart. I cannot wait for new audiences in the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, and Taiwan to share an indelible theatrical experience for the first time, with this talented cast," said Thomas Schumacher, president and producer, Disney Theatrical Productions.
"After six months of intensive auditions, we have been able to bring together a truly international group of performers that will showcase the talent from almost every corner of the world. From seasoned professionals to actors making their professional debut, this company of THE LION KING will be sure to delight and amaze audiences as we tour this phenomenal production around the globe," commented Producer of the international tour, Michael Cassel.
Lebo M, who provided additional music, lyrics, vocal score, and arrangements to THE LION KING, said: "The cast of the international tour that we have assembled, which features many of South Africa's greatest and most exciting talents, is something that I am very proud of and I cannot wait to see the extraordinary talent when they come together for the first time next year."
Tickets for the Manila run will go on sale on November 3 and Singapore tickets will go on sale on November 13.
Beyond Manila and Singapore, the international tour will enjoy additional runs in Korea (October 2018), Taiwan (2019), and South Africa (2020), with other engagements to be announced.
For further information about THE LION KING and to sign up to be the first in line for tickets, visit: LionKingInternational.com.
Photo: Deen Van Meer