The Lion King

Cast & Creative

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Julie Taymor

Director, Costume Design, Mask/Puppet Co-Design, Additional Lyrics

Julie won the 1998 Tony® Award for Best Direction of a Musical and for Best Costumes for The Lion King. In 2008, the musical won three Molière Awards including Best Musical and Best Costumes. It also garnered Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Drama League awards for Taymor’s direction, and myriad awards for her original costume, mask and puppet designs. Taymor made her Broadway debut in 1996 with Juan Darién: A Carnival Mask (Lincoln Center’s Vivian Beaumont Theater), nominated for five Tony® Awards. Other theatre work includes The Green Bird (New Victory Theater, La Jolla Playhouse and the Cort Theater on Broadway); Titus Andronicus, The Tempest and The Taming of the Shrew (Theatre for a New Audience); Juan Darién (Music-Theatre Group); co-adapter and director of The Transposed Heads (Lincoln Center and American Music Theatre Festival) and Liberty’s Taken (Castle Hill Festival). For her latest Broadway production, Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark, Taymor served as director and co-book writer. Her recent opera productions include an original opera, Grendel, composed by Elliot Goldenthal (Los Angeles Opera and the Lincoln Center Festival, 2006), which was a finalist for the Pulitzer. Her direction of Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte premiered at the Metropolitan Opera in 2004 and is now in repertoire there. Taymor’s film Across the Universe received a Golden Globe® nomination for Best Musical/Comedy in 2008. Her first film, “Fool’s Fire,” an adaptation of an Edgar Allan Poe short story, aired on PBS in 1992. She directed her first feature, Titus, starring Anthony Hopkins and Jessica Lange, in 1999. Frida, starring Salma Hayek and Alfred Molina, received five Academy Award® nominations and two Oscars® in 2002. Taymor’s latest film is The Tempest, starring Helen Mirren, Djimon Hounsou, Russell Brand and Ben Whishaw. Taymor has received a MacArthur “genius” grant, a Guggenheim Fellowship, two Obie Awards and the first annual Dorothy B. Chandler Award in Theater among many others. A book spanning her career, Julie Taymor: Playing With Fire, is in its third edition from Abrams.

 

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Elton John

Music

The monumental career of international singer/songwriter and performer Elton John has spanned more than three decades. He is one of the top-selling solo artists of all time, with 35 gold and 25 platinum albums and more than 250 million records sold worldwide. The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences has awarded Elton multiple GRAMMYS®, including the GRAMMY® Legend Award.  In the early 1990s, Elton collaborated with lyricist Tim Rice on the soundtrack for The Lion King, winning him an Academy Award®. The album produced two top-selling, award-winning singles: “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” and “Circle of Life.” The Tony® Award-winning Broadway productions of The Lion King and Aida both awarded Elton with GRAMMYS® for Best Musical Show Album. Billy Elliot was nominated for a record-tying 15 Tony® Awards and won ten, including Best Musical. Elton was also one of the producers for Next Fall on Broadway. The Union is his latest CD with Leon Russell, produced by T Bone Burnett.  In 1992, Elton established the Elton John AIDS Foundation, which today is one of the leading nonprofit HIV/AIDS organizations. In 1998, the Queen of England knighted him Sir Elton John, CBE. In 2004, Elton received the Kennedy Center Honor for his lifetime contributions to American culture and excellence through the performing arts.

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Tim Rice

Lyrics

TIM RICE has worked in music, theatre and films since 1965 when he met Andrew Lloyd Webber, a fellow struggling songwriter. Rather than pursue Tim’s ambitions to write rock or pop songs they turned their attention to Andrew’s obsession – musical theatre. Their first collaboration (lyrics by Tim, music by Andrew) was an unsuccessful show based on the life of Dr.Barnardo, the Victorian philanthropist, The Likes Of Us. Their next three works together were much more successful – Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar and Evita. Tim has also worked with other distinguished popular composers such as Elton John (The Lion King, Aida), Alan Menken (Aladdin, King David, Beauty and the Beast), Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson (Chess) and most recently, Stuart Brayson (From Here To Eternity).

He formed his own cricket team in 1973 and was President of the MCC in 2002. He recently wrote and presented a 52-part series for BBC Radio 2, American Pie, a trawl through the music and musicians of every American State. He has won several awards, mainly for the wrong thing or for simply turning up.

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Lebo M

Additional Music & Lyrics, Additional Vocal Score, Vocal Arrangements, Choral Director

Lebo M is known as the “voice and spirit of The Lion King.”  Once a teenage singer in Soweto, the Grammy® Award winner and Tony® nominee’s music brings audiences to tears with hauntingly inspiring African rhythms and melodies. Lebo’s talents have been hailed by the worldwide press in superlatives that might describe the most delightfully poetic of musical deities. Since his arrival in America, Lebo has attracted music industry giants such as Quincy Jones, Jimmy Cliff and Hans Zimmer as mentors, allies and collaborators.  Lebo has performed and produced four albums, Rhythm of the Pride Lands (Disney), Deeper Meaning (Gallo) and The Lion King (Japanese and Hamburg cast recordings). Other credits include The Power of One, Back on the Block and Listen Up with Quincy Jones; the feature films Outbreak (Warner Bros.), Congo (Warner Bros.) and Born to Be Wild (Paramount); and the Disney television special “People.”  He has performed on the Academy Awards® and the Essence Awards Show, with Vanessa Redgrave at Kthimi-The Return in Kosovo, and been honored by Artists for a Free South Africa.

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Mark Mancina

Additional music & lyrics, Music produced for the stage, Additional Score

A Tony® nominee and multi-platinum, three-time GRAMMY® Award-winning composer, he was an obvious choice to produce the music for the stage production of The Lion King, having arranged and produced songs for the blockbuster animated feature film, for which he received both GRAMMY® and American Music awards in 1994. The film also spawned the hit album Rhythm of the Pride Lands, for
which Mr Mancina co-wrote, arranged and produced three tracks, including ‘He Lives in You’ and ‘Shadowland,’ which are featured in the stage production. Ranked among the upper echelons of film composers, his credits include mega-hits Training Day, Speed, Twister, Bad Boys, Tarzan® and Brother Bear among many others. Most recent feature films include: August Rush and Shooter.

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Irene Mecchi

Book

Irene began her association with Disney in March 1992, when she wrote Recycle Rex, an animated short, which won the 1994 Environmental Media Award. Irene is a co-writer of Disney’s animated features The Lion King, The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Hercules. Along with co-author Roger Allers, she received a 1998 Tony® nomination for writing the book for The Lion King. Irene also wrote the teleplay for “Annie,” directed by Rob Marshall. She shares a writing credit on Disney Pixar’s Brave and is currently adapting the Warners’ 1954 film A Star Is Born as a stage musical, as well as developing a project with Lucasfilm.

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Roger Allers

Book

Roger makes his Broadway debut with co-author Irene Mecchi, with this Tony®-nominated book, adapted from the animated feature, which he co-directed. Mr. Allers has been instrumental in shaping the structure and dialogue for many Disney animated features since 1988, including Aladdin, Beauty & the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Oliver and Company, Rescuers Down Under, Prince & the Pauper and the computer-animated movie, Tron. He directed the Academy Award nominated short The Little Matchgirl for Disney and co-directed the 2006 animated feature Open Season for Sony Studios. Prior to working with Disney, he created animation on children’s programs and features for studios in Boston, Toronto and Tokyo. He is currently writing and directing an animated adaptation of Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet.

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Garth Fagan

Choregrapher

Garth Fagan is the recipient of the 1998 Tony® Award for Best Choreography and the 2000 Laurence Olivier Award for Best Theatre Choreographer (London, UK) as well as the Drama Desk Award, the Astaire Award and the Outer Critics Circle Award for his work with The Lion King. Mr. Fagan was born in Kingston, Jamaica, and for more than 33 years has toured the world with Garth Fagan Dance. On television the company has appeared on “Great Performances,” “The Tonight Show” and the Academy Awards®.  Mr. Fagan forged his own dance language and technique, drawing from modern dance, Afro-Caribbean and ballet, and has choreographed for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, Dance Theatre of Harlem, the Jose Limon Company, the New York City Ballet’s 50th Anniversary, and others.  In addition, he choreographed Joseph Papp’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and the Duke Ellington street opera, Queenie Pie at the Kennedy Center. A distinguished university professor at SUNY Brockport, he has received numerous awards and fellowships, including the 2001 Samuel H. Scripps American Dance Festival Award, a Bessie Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Fulbright 50th Anniversary Distinguished Fellow. He has also been inducted into the American Academy of Achievement.

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Richard Hudson

Scenic Design

Richard Hudson was born in Zimbabwe and educated in Zimbabwe and England. In 1988 he won a Laurence Olivier Award for designing a season of seven plays at the Old Vic Theatre, London. His set designs for The Lion King have won numerous awards, including a Tony® in 1998. He is a Royal Designer for Industry (RDI). In 2003 he won the Gold Medal for Set Design at the Prague Quadriennale, and in 2005 he was given an honorary doctorate by the University of Surrey. He has designed sets and costumes for the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre, the Young Vic and the Gate, London. In opera he has worked at the Royal Opera, English National Opera, La Scala Milan, Metropolitan Opera New York, Opera National de Paris, Lyric Opera Chicago, Staatsoper Vienna, Glyndebourne Festival Opera and in Zurich, Munich, Amsterdam, Venice, Florence, Turin, Bregenz, Houston and Washington.

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Donald Holder

Lighting Design

Donald received 1998 Tony®, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for The Lion King (Broadway) and the Moliere Award for The Lion King (Paris). Broadway: Golden Boy, Annie, Spiderman-Turn Off the Dark, South Pacific (2008 Tony® Award), Ragtime, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, A Streetcar Named Desire, Gem of the Ocean, Movin’ Out, Juan Darien (all Tony® nominated); Promises, Promises; Arcadia; Come Fly Away; Cyrano de Bergerac; The Little Dog Laughed; Thoroughly Modern Millie; Prelude to a Kiss; The Boy From Oz, many others. Off-Broadway: Blood and Gifts, Happiness, Observe the Sons of Ulster… (Lortel Award), A Man of No Importance, Birdie Blue, Jitney, Saturday Night, Three Days of Rain, Jeffrey, Spunk, many others. Television: “Smash” seasons one and two, NBC/DreamWorks.

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Michael Curry

Mask and Puppet Co-Designer

Michael works widely as a visual and concept designer for numerous companies such as Cirque du Soleil, the Metropolitan Opera, London’s Royal National Theatre, Disney Theatrical Productions and Universal Pictures. He collaborates regularly with directors such as Robert Lepage, Nicholas Hytner, Julie Taymor and William Friedken. Mr. Curry has received many prestigious awards including several awards for his work on Broadway, Olympic ceremonies and his continued innovations in the fields of visual effects and puppetry design. His design and production studios are located in Scappoose, Oregon. Current projects include scenic design for The Makropulos Case conducted by Maestro Zubin Mehta for the Teatro del Maggio Musicale in Florence, Italy, which premiered on October 11, 2011, and Tales of Hoffman at the Theater an der Wein in Vienna, Austria, that premiered on March 19, 2012.

Michael Ward

Hair and Makeup Design

Michael Ward designs for opera and theatre. For Disney: The Lion King (Broadway and others) and Der Glöckner von Notre Dame (Berlin). Other work has been seen in Britain, the United States, Holland, France, Japan, Israel and Portugal. Along with his design work in theatre, he works as a garden and landscape designer.

Steve Canyon Kennedy

Sound Design

Steve Canyon Kennedy was the production engineer on such Broadway shows as Cats, Starlight Express, Song & Dance, The Phantom of the Opera, Carrie and Aspects of Love.

His Broadway sound design credits include Catch Me If You Can, (Tony Nomination) Guys and Dolls, Mary Poppins, The Lion King, Jersey Boys (Drama Desk Award), Billy Crystal’s 700 Sundays, Hairspray, The Producers, Aida, Titanic, Big, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Carousel and The Who’s Tommy (Drama Desk Award).

John Stefaniuk

Associate Director

A native of Toronto, Canada, and alum of the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. Upon leaving John worked as an actor and voice over artist worldwide including being the voice of Cartoon Network. He has directed, taught and guest lectured for many theatre schools and colleges in Toronto, New York, and London including the Royal Academy of Music, Sylvia Young Theatre School, and Duke University. For three years John was the Artistic Director for Stagedoor Manor in New York directing numerous productions with such stars as Natalie Portman and Bryce Howard. John worked as Resident Director for Cameron Macintosh and JAR Productions on Hey Mr. Producer! Amongst John’s TV credits include Dancing with the Stars, The TONY Awards, The Queens Diamond Jubilee Celebration and America Celebrates, in the presence of The President and First Lady. John has also appeared on The View in a segment directing Whoopi Goldberg and in the Biography Channel’s Portrait of Natalie Portman.  He is currently Associate Director for all 10 Productions of Disney’s The Lion King and is delighted to be working with such a talented company.

Marey Griffith

Associate Choreographer

A native New Yorker, Miss Griffith toured worldwide with the acclaimed Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater as a featured dancer/soloist for 8 years. She is most known for her performances in the works of the late, world renowned choreographer Ulysses Dove. Other guest appearances include Déjà vu Dance Theatre, and the Spoleto festival in Italy. She worked as co-choreographer on the star studded production of The Wizard of Oz in concert at Avery Fisher Hall with Nathan Lane, Joel Grey, Jewel and Natalie Cole. Miss Griffith has appeared in numerous commercials and voice-overs. Her soap opera credits include As the World Turns and Another World. She has also performed with Sight and Sound Theatre in Lancaster, PA. Miss Griffith joined the creative team of The Lion King in August of 2000. She feels privileged to work with choreographer Garth Fagan.

Clement Ishmael

Musical Supervisor

Clement is a conductor, composer and arranger. He is a graduate of the University of Toronto and Royal Conservatory of Music, where he specialised in composition and conducting as well as singing with Joyce Britten. Conducting credits include Abbey Players Opera Company, Ad Astra Chorus, Addison Jazz Ensemble and West London Gospel Choir. He also conducted the new ballet Awakening at Sadlers Wells. West End credits include: Five Guys Named Moe, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Smokey Joe’s Café, and Soul Train. He has also directed and arranged the music for numerous shows which include: Sweet Lorraine, Up Against the Wall, The Amen Corner, The Grape Vine, The Cavalcaders and most recently Gem of the Ocean at the Tricycle Theatre. His classical compositions and arrangements have been performed worldwide as well as being broadcast by BBC Television and Radio. His opera Grazyna was performed at the Royal Opera House’s Linbury Studio and his most recent commission, for the London Piano Trio was performed at Cadogan Hall in 2008.

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Hans Zimmer

Additional Music and Lyrics

Hans Zimmer received the Oscar®, Golden Globe® and two Grammy® awards for his original film score for the film version of The Lion King. He started his film scoring career with My Beautiful Laundrette in 1985, and his other credits include six Oscar-nominated film scores, among them Gladiator, The Thin Red Line, As Good as It Gets and Rain Man. Additional credits include the Grammy-winning score for Crimson Tide, Driving Miss Daisy, Thelma and Louise, Black Hawk Down and The Last Samurai starring Tom Cruise. Mr. Zimmer also heads the film music division for DreamWorks SKG studios.

Chris Montan

Executive Music Producer

Chris Montan joined Disney in 1984 and is currently president of Walt Disney Music. Under his guidance as head of music, soundtracks from nine theatrical releases (Cocktail, Beaches, The Little Mermaid, Pretty Woman, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, The Lion King, Pocahontas and Tarzan) were certified multi-platinum. Additionally, the studio received numerous GRAMMY® and Golden Globe honors along with thirteen Academy Awards® for its music entries. Most recently he served as executive producer of the Wonderful World of Disney’s production of Annie, as well as producer with the television production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, which was nominated for seven Emmy® Awards.

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Jay Rifkin

Additional Music and Lyrics

The Grammy Award®-winning producer, together with producing and composing partner Hans Zimmer, created Media Ventures, a multifaceted entertainment group that includes music, new media, film and television. Their partnership has earned them numerous awards and nominations, including Academy Award® nominations, for the film scores of Driving Miss Daisy, Rain Man and The Lion King. Following the success of The Lion King, Jay conceived and produced the gold-selling follow-up album Rhythm of the Pride Lands. He is also chairman of Media Revolution and a founder of the film production company Media Ventures Pictures

Robert Elhai

Associate Producer and Orchestrator

Tony® and Drama Desk nominee Robert Elhai has orchestrated many concert, theatre and film scores for composers Elliot Goldenthal (Juan Darien, Final Fantasy) and Michael Kamen (Don Juan de Marco, X-Men), among others. His arrangements for Metallica’s GRAMMY® Award-winning “S&M” made good use of his doctorate in composition from Yale University.

David Metzger

Orchestrator

David Metzger has orchestrated many films, including the Disney animated film Tarzan, Training Day, Domestic Disturbance, Bait and Return to Paradise. His television work includes composing episodes of “The Magnificent Seven” and Disney’s “The Legend of Tarzan” and five years as an arranger/composer for “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.” David was nominated for Tony® and Drama Desk awards for The Lion King.

Bruce Fowler

Orchestrator

Bruce Fowler is an accomplished trombonist who has played with such notables as Woody Herman, Buddy Rich, Frank Zappa, Toshiko Akiyoshi and Don Van Vliet. He performs with his family’s band, The Fowler Brothers (there are five Fowlers); his own band, The Enormous Bones; and Banned from Utopia. Bruce was the supervising orchestrator for Pearl Harbor (he also composed the big band numbers), Shrek, As Good as It Gets, Black Hawk Down and Hans Zimmer’s Academy Award®-winning The Lion King movie score

Pippa Ailion

Casting

Pippa has cast over 160 productions internationally. She was Resident Associate Director casting three seasons of European Classics for Jonathan Miller at The Old Vic between 1987 and 1991. Current West End: Funny Girl, Motown, Guys and Dolls, Sunny Afternoon, Bend It Like Beckham, Charlie & The Chocolate Factory, The Book Of Mormon, Wicked, Billy Elliot and UK tour. Recent West End/other: Lord of the Flies (Regents’ Park and UK tour) Gypsy, Memphis, Billy Elliot, Top Hat (UK tour) The Rise and Fall of Little Voice (WYP/ Birmingham Rep), Here Lies Love (Dorfman), The Pajama Game, Far Away (Young Vic) We Will Rock You, From Here To Eternity, American Psycho (Almeida), Sweeney Todd, Oh! What a Lovely War (Stratford East and UK tour), Legally Blonde, Fela (NT, Broadway and US tour), The Fairy Queen (Glyndebourne, Paris, New York), Million Dollar Quartet, Waiting for Godot, Decade, Spring Awakening, Marguerite, The Drowsy Chaperone. For Chichester: Gypsy, The Pajama Game, Sweeney Todd, Kiss Me Kate (and Old Vic) Love Story (and Duchess) The Magistrate (and Savoy) Misalliance, Suzanna Andler, Song of Singapore (and Mayfair Theatre). For Regent’s Park: Porgy and Bess, The Sound of Music, Ragtime, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Into The Woods, Lord of the Flies, The Importance of Being Earnest. Future West End: The Go Between, Dreamgirls, The Wind in the Willows.

Mark Brandon

Casting

Binder Casting/Mark Brandon, CSA (Casting) with Jay Binder, CSA, Jack Bowdan, CSA, and Jason Styres, CSA, have cast over 70 Broadway shows including A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder; Nice Work If You Can Get It; Born Yesterday; The Miracle Worker; Finian’s Rainbow; Brighton Beach Memoirs; A Chorus Line; Gypsy; 39 Steps; White Christmas; Is He Dead?; Inherit The Wind; Journey’s End; Butley; Virginia Woolf; Sweet Charity; Wonderful Town; Movin’ Out; 42nd Street; Music Man; Iceman Cometh; Charlie Brown; Sound of Music; Beauty and the Beast; Last Night of Ballyhoo; Chicago; King & I; Damn Yankees; Lost in Yonkers; Jerome Robbins’ Broadway; The Goodbye Girl and every City Center Encores! production since its inception in 1994. Film/TV/Other: Carousel (NY Philharmonic/PBS); Six by Sondheim (HBO); So You Think You Can Dance; West Side Story (San Francisco Symphony); Hairspray; Dreamgirls; Chicago; Nine. Ten–time Artios Award winner.

Jill Green

Casting

Jill’s theatre work began in stage management with Chicken Shed Theatre Company. She is a member of The Casting Directors’ Guild of Great Britain and Ireland. Jill’s Casting Assistant is Gordon Cowell. Credits as Casting Director include – London Theatre: Beautiful the Carole King Musical (West End 2015); The Scottsboro Boys (UK Casting, Young Vic and transfer to The Garrick Theatre); I Can’t Sing! (London Palladium); Jersey Boys (Prince Edward Theatre and transfer to The Piccadilly Theatre); Rock Of Ages (Shaftesbury Theatre and transfer to The Garrick Theatre); The Human Comedy (Young Vic); The Producers (Theatre Royal Drury Lane and UK Tours); Jack And The Beanstalk (The Barbican); Sinatra At The Palladium; Aladdin (The Old Vic); Bad Girls (The Garrick); The Vagina Monologues (Wyndham’s Theatre); Contact (Queen’s Theatre); Thoroughly Modern Millie (Shaftesbury Theatre); Fosse (Prince Of Wales Theatre). Tours and Regional: Anything Goes (Crucible Theatre Sheffield & UK Tour 2014/15); Jersey Boys (UK Tour 2014/15); The Lion King (International Touring Production 2014/15); Rock Of Ages (UK Number One Tour 2014); Singin’ In The Rain (UK & Ireland Number One Tour & Tokyo Theatre Orb 2013/14); West Side Story (UK & Ireland Number One Tour 2013/14); Finding Neverland (Leicester Curve); She Loves Me, 42nd Street, Oklahoma!, Music Man, Babes in Arms, Carousel (all Chichester Festival Theatre); Spike Milligan’s Adolf Hitler: My Part In His Downfall (Bristol Old Vic / Hampstead Theatre & UK Tour); Wuthering Heights (Bollywood adaptation, Tamasha Theatre Company); The Three Musketeers (Bristol Old Vic); Much Ado About Nothing (Liverpool Everyman); Promises Promises (Sheffield Crucible); My One And Only (Chichester Festival Theatre & transfer to Piccadilly Theatre); Fosse (European & International Tours); Cats (UK Tour); West Side Story (UK Tours 2000 & 2001). Workshops: Around The World In 80 Days (London Workshops 1 and 2); X Factor The Musical (London Workshop 2); Made In Dagenham (London Workshop 1); Finding Neverland (London Workshops 1 and 2); Queer As Folk; Silk.
Feature Film: Beyond The Sea (co-casting, UK dancers). Credits as Casting Consultant: The Tailor Made Man (Arts Theatre); Truth In Translation (Belfast); A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum (National Theatre); Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others (Lyric Hammersmith).

Disney Theatrical Productions

Producer

DISNEY THEATRICAL PRODUCTIONS, a division of The Walt Disney Studios, was formed in 1994 and operates under the direction of Thomas Schumacher.

Worldwide, its eight Broadway titles have been seen by over 133 million theatregoers and have been nominated for 59 Tony Awards®, winning Broadway’s highest honour 20 times. With 16 productions currently produced or licensed, a Disney musical is being performed professionally somewhere on the planet virtually every hour of the day.

The company’s inaugural production, Beauty and the Beast, opened in 1994. It played a remarkable 13 year run on Broadway and has been produced in 28 countries worldwide.

In November 1997, Disney opened The Lion King, which received six 1998 Tony Awards including Best Musical. In its 19th smash year on Broadway, it has welcomed more than 80 million visitors worldwide to date, and can currently be seen in eight productions worldwide. Having played 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.

Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida opened on Broadway next, winning four 2000 Tony Awards. It was followed by Mary Poppins, a co-production with Cameron Mackintosh, which opened in London in 2004 and went on to enjoy a six year Tony-winning Broadway run. Mary Poppins is currently on tour across the UK. Tarzan®, which opened on Broadway in 2006, is now an international hit with an awardwinning production in its 6th year in Germany.

In January 2008, The Little Mermaid opened on Broadway and was the #1-selling new musical of that year. Disney Theatrical Productions opened two critically acclaimed productions on Broadway in 2012, receiving seven Tony Awards between them: Newsies, which is currently on tour throughout North America, and Peter and the Starcatcher, which enjoyed a two year New York run.

Aladdin is its most recent Tony Award-winning Broadway hit. Its success continues internationally with productions in Tokyo, Hamburg and now London with upcoming sit-down productions in Sydney and the North American tour.

Other successful stage ventures have included the Olivier-nominated London hit Shakespeare in Love, stage productions of Disney’s High School Musical, Der Glöckner Von Notre Dame in Berlin, and King David in concertDTP has collaborated with some of America’s leading regional theatres to develop new stage titles including The Jungle Book and The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

Frozen, based on the Academy Award®-winning film, is slated to open on Broadway in spring 2018.

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George Asprey

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Place of Birth: London, England
Training: LAMDA
Theatre: Chicago (UK tour); They’re Playing Our Song and Private Live (English Theatre, Frankfurt); A View From the Bridge (Leicester Haymarket); The Good Companions (Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich); Dick Barton (Warehouse, Croydon); Pride and Prejudice (Good Company); The Sound of Music (Sadler’s Wells and UK tour); Scrooge and Guys and Dolls (Birmingham Rep Theatre)
Television: The Crown (Netflix), New Tricks, Waking the Dead, The Bill, Gil Mayo, Molly, Riot at Rite, A Life in Pictures, The Dying of the Light, Holby City, Trial & Retribution II and III, Secrets and Lines, Nancherrow, Supply and Demand II, Coming Home, An Independent Man, The Peter Principle, A Breed of Heroes, Psychoville
Film: The Greatest Game Ever Played; AKA; Something Borrowed; Dead in the Water; Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.

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Shaun Escoffery

Mufasa

Place of Birth: East London, England
Training: Barking College of Performing Arts
Theatre:
Parade (Donmar Warehouse); Les Misérables (Queen’s Theatre); Mama, I Want to Sing! (Cambridge Theatre); The Who’s Tommy (Shaftesbury Theatre); Smokey Joe’s Cafe (Prince of Wales Theatre)
Concerts: Shaun has performed all over the world and supported major artists such as Beverley Knight, Angie Stone, Mica Paris and Erykah Badu. He sung the national anthem for Lennox Lewis who was defending his heavyweight title against Mike Tyson.
Other: Shaun has signed major recording contracts with Sony Music and EMI Music and produced three critically acclaimed albums, entitled: Shaun Escoffery, Soulonica and Back to Soul, which had worldwide releases. In 2014, Shaun released his latest album In The Red Room (Dome Records), which was awarded Radio 2’s Album of the Week. The first single from the album, “Nature’s Call”, entered the UK Airplay Top 30. In addition to this, Shaun has performed at Radio 2 Live in Hyde Park, Royal Festival Hall with Burt Bacharach, Jools HollandThe Big Sing On Songs Of Praise, and Battle Of Britain.

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Brown Lindiwe Mkhize

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Place of Birth: Durban, South Africa
Training: MBongem Ngemas Academy
Theatre: The Lion King (Circustheatre, Holland); The Zulu, Maria Maria, Stimela Sasezola (South African/German tours); Simuka Nandwendwe (Playhouse, Durban); JRKA (Bloemfontein Theatre)
Television: Sing Africa Dance, Gospel Gold, Selimathunzi, Felicia Mabuza, Tinga Tinga Tales (BBC); The Royal Variety Performance; Olivier Awards; Born Free Concert
Radio: Various projects for Radio FM, Radio Xhosa, Khaya FM, Alan Page (BBC)
Video: Maria Maria, The Zulu, Stimela Saspzolg
Film: Session singer for the motion pictures I0,000 BC and Tsotsi; Amazing Grace (Warner Brothers)
Other: Soloist with Ringo Madlingo’s Jonas Gwanga; opening soloist for Cricket World Cup (2003); FNB Vital Award nominee (2000). The Lion King 3D promotion (London and Edinburgh); Queen’s diamond jubilee pageant (Windsor Castle).
The Lion King marks Lindiwe’s West End debut.

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Howard Gossington

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Place of Birth: London, England
Training: Webber Douglas
Theatre: The Importance of Being Earnest and Cinderella (Stephen Joseph, Scarborough); Nation (National Theatre); Much Ado About Nothing (National Theatre of The Netherlands); Treasure Island (Haymarket, London); The Elephant Man (UK tour); Enjoy (Watford Palace); Blue Remembered Hills, Mojo, Children of the Wolf and Skylight (Dukes, Lancaster); The Comedy of Errors, Macbeth, The Importance of Being Earnest and The Merry Wives of Windsor (Oxford Shakespeare Company); The Hobbit (UK tour); Tom’s Midnight Garden (UK tour); Madame Bovary (Northampton Royal); The Rivals (Salisbury Playhouse); Privates on Parade (New Vic, Stoke); Aladdin (Oxford Playhouse); Cinderella (Beck, Hayes); Sleeping Beauty (Greenwich Theatre and Reading Hexagon); Snow White (Lyceum, Crewe); News Revue (Canal Cafe)
Television: Downton Abbey (ITV), Hollyoaks Later (E4), Spoof, The Basil Brush Show and Battle Plan: El Alamein (BBC)
Film: The Lawless Heart

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Richard Frame

Timon

Place of Birth: Shrewsbury, England
Training: Bristol Old Vic Theatre School
Theatre: Blue Remembered Hills (Chichester Festival Theatre); The Comedy of Errors, Richard III, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Merchant of Venice (Propeller); London Assurance (National Theatre); I Love You Because (Landor Theatre); Absolute Beginners (Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith); Me and My Girl (UK tour); Promises Promises (Sheffield Crucible); The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (West Yorkshire Playhouse); Our House (Cambridge Theatre); The Beggar’s Opera, A Chorus of Disapproval and Sea Life (Old Vic, Bristol); Love’s Labour’s Lost, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Where’s Charley? (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre)
Television: Outnumbered; The Hollow Crown; Holby City; MI High; Kingdom; Family Affairs; Wire in the Blood; Hearts and Bones; The Bill; Hope and Glory.
Film: London Road.

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Keith Bookman

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Place of Birth: Salford, East Lancashire
Training: Central School of Speech and Drama
Theatre: Tonight’s the Night; The Beautiful Game; Les Misérables (Queen’s Theatre and UK tour); Don Quixote; The Man Who Planted Trees (UK tour); An Irishman’s Idea of Heaven (Old Red Lion, London)
Television: Taking Issue; Billy’s Story (BBC); Harry; EI Cid; Eldorado; Near Misses; The Bill; Casualty; EastEnders; Coronation Street
Film: Letters From the East; The Ogre
Other: Has worked extensively in Spanish TV, film and theatre.

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Nicholas Afoa

Simba

Place of Birth: Auckland, New Zealand
Training: Auckland University of Technology, Kings College Auckland New Zealand
Theatre: The Lion King (Australian tour)
Other: Before beginning a career in musical theatre, Nicholas was a New Zealand Rugby representative during his teenage years and a member of the under 19s’ World Cup winning-team in 2005. He has also performed the national anthem prior to the All Blacks test matches. The Lion King marks Nicholas’ West End debut.

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Ava Brennan

Nala

Place of Birth: Liverpool, England
Training: The Loretta Legge Theatre School
Theatre: The Lion King (Hamburg and London); Aida; Hairspray; The Count of Monte Cristo; Miami Nights; Aladdin; Oklahoma!
Television: Blue Peter

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Nadine Higgin

SHENZI

Place of Birth: London, England
Training: Arts Education School
Theatre: The Book of Mormon (Prince of Wales); Peter Pan (Wimbledon Theatre); Little Shop of Horrors (Kilworth House); Legally Blonde (Savoy Theatre); Hairspray (Shaftesbury Theatre); High School Musical

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David Blake

BANZAI

Place of Birth: St Andrew, Jamaica
Training:
Cathy Levy Performing Arts Academy, California State University
Theatre: The Nutcracker (California); Jesus 2000 (US tour)
Television: Los Angeles Holiday Concert (PBS); Live at the Ford (KCET); Royal Palm Estate (CVM)
Film: Ascension Day; Dreamgirls
Other: Principal dancer with the National Dance Theatre of Jamaica with tours of the US, Canada, Caribbean and the UK. Performed for various dance companies in California and has performed choreography by Donald McKayle, Clive Thompson, Ron Brown, Arsenio Andrade and Rex Nettleford. Taught and choreographed for colleges, universities and professional schools in the Caribbean and USA. David holds a BA in Marketing from the California State University and a Professional Dance Teaching Licentiate from IDTA.

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Mark McGee

Ed

Place of Birth: Birmingham, England
Training: Birmingham Conservatoire for The Voice
Television: Mollie (BBC); Casualty (BBC)
Theatre: Jekyll & Hyde (UK tour); Much Ado About Nothing (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre); Shout! (UK tour); The Black & White Ball (King’s Head Theatre, London); Desperately Seeking Susan (Novello Theatre); Babes in Arms (Chichester Festival Theatre); Alice in Wonderland (Birmingham Repertory Theatre and West Yorkshire Playhouse); The Bat (New Vic Theatre, Stoke); Debbie Does Dallas (Old Fire Station, Oxford); Return to the Forbidden Planet (Theatre Royal, Lincoln); Thoroughly Modern Millie (Shaftesbury Theatre); Three Sides (New York Musical Theatre Festival); West Side Story (Leicester Haymarket Theatre); Taboo (The Venue); Starlight Express (Apollo Victoria Theatre); Whistle Down the Wind (Aldwych Theatre); Saturday Night Fever (London Palladium and Scandinavian tour); Les Misérables (UK tour); Summer Holiday (Hammersmith Apollo and UK tour) and Mark and Mabel (Piccadilly Theatre)

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Jamila Ajadi

Young Nala

Place of Birth: London, England
Training: D&B Academy of Performing Arts
Theatre: Bugsy Malone (Lyric Theatre 2015)
The Lion King marks Jamila’s West End debut.

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Hazel Cheuka

Young Nala

Place of Birth: Buckinghamshire, England
Training: Stagecoach
The Lion King marks Hazel’s West End debut.

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Ashton Henry-Reid

YOUNG SIMBA

Place of Birth: London, England
Training: Pineapple performing arts school and Sylvia Youngs.
TheatrePCUK and Soldier (Edinburgh  Fringe); Matilda (Cambridge Theatre); Bugsy Malone (Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith)

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Quincy Miller-Cole

Young Simba

Place of Birth: London, England
Training: The Lion King Cub School
The Lion King marks Quincy’s West End debut.

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Amma Ris

YOUNG NALA

Place of birth: Cardiff, Wales
Training: Jigsaw Performing Arts
The Lion King marks Amma’s professional debut.

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Kenyah Sandy

Young Simba

Place of Birth: London, England
Training: Boy Blue Entertainment, Zoonation Academy of Dance
Theatre: Break’n Convention (Sadler’s Wells); A Night With Boy Blue (Barbican); Zoonation Christmas Show (Sadler’s Wells)
Film: Tarzan
Television: One Man Walking (Channel 4)
The Lion King marks Kenyah’s West End debut.

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Shaye Temple

young nala

Place of Birth: London, England
Training: Rhodes Theatre School
The Lion King marks Shaye’s West End debut.

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Amir Wilson

Young Simba

Place of birth: Shrewsbury, England
Training: Get Your Wigle On
Theatre: Seussical, Beauty and the Beast (Theatre Severn).
The Lion King marks Amir’s West End debut.

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Etian A. Almeida

Ensemble

Place of Birth: Pinar Del Rio, Cuba
Training: National School of Arts (Havana Cuba)
Theatre: Heartbeat of Home (Chinese tour); Havana Rakatan (UK tour)
Television: Frank Sinatra “My Way” (BBC); The Royals (E! Network); Bring the Noise (Sky);
Lip Sync Battle UK (Channel 5); The Norouz Show (Manoto 1)
Other: Etian was a dancer on EastEnders Does Top Hat for BBC Children In Need.

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Jonathan André

Ensemble

Place of Birth: London, England
Training: Kingston University
Theatre: FELA! (Broadway, US tour and National Theatre London)
Radio: Undreamed Shores (BBC Radio 3)
Other: Jonathan is also a trained percussionist and is a member of the Grand Union Jazz and World Music Orchestra.

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Curtis Angus

ENSEMBLE

Place of birth: London, England
Training: Millennium Performing Arts
Theatre: Hairspray, Viva Forever, Chess, Black King, Heartbeat of Home, Monty Phythons One Down Five To Go, Carmen (O2 Arena); Aida (Royal Albert Hall)
Television: Milkshake (Channel 5)

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Gabriel Brasilio

ENSEMBLE

Place of birth: Brazil
Training: Sopro Cia. de Danca and Ballet Adriana Assaf
Theatre: Cats (Teatro Abril, Brazil); The Merry Widow (Teatro Sao Pedro, Brazil); The Lion King (Teatro Reanult, Brazil)
Other: Previously a gymnast, Gabriel performed as a circus acrobat at Circo Spacial, Circo Roda Brasil and Turma da Monica no Munso do Circo. The Lion King marks Gabriel’s West End Debut.

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Yolanda Burke

Ensemble

Place of Birth: London, England
Training: Laine Theatre Arts
Theatre: The Lion King (Germany); West End Laine (Aldwych Theatre)
Television: Olympic Torch Ceremony (BBC)
Other: Yolanda makes a welcome return to The Lion King having been part of the 2008 London company.

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Janique Charles

Ensemble

Place of Birth: Trinidad and Tobago
Theatre: The Lion King (UK tour)
The Lion King marks Janique’s West End debut.

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Jorge Ciprianno

Swing

Place of Birth: Salvador, Brazil
Training: Balé Folclórico da Bahia
Theatre: 20th Birthday of the Balé Folclórico da Bahia, Festival de Lençóis, Verona Festival Balé Folclórico da Bahia; The Lion King (Hamburg)
The Lion King marks Jorge’s West End debut.

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Treyc Cohen

Swing

Place of Birth: Tamworth, England
Theatre: The Hits of Motown Live (UK Tour); The Wiz (Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham, and West Yorkshire Playhouse); Hairspray (Aberystwyth Arts Centre)
Television: The X Factor (ITV); My Kind of Music
Other: Treyc has performed as a vocalist on tours of Monday Session and Desire.

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Azola Dlamini

Ensemble

Place of Birth: Durban, South Africa
Training: Mbongeni Ngema’s Academy
Theatre: The Lion King (Circustheatre, Holland); The Zulu, Simuka Nandklankle; Joyous Celebration 7 and 8 (all South Africa)
Television: Performance Gospel Gold; Glory Hallalluya; Take 5; Felicia Mabuza Suttle Shok
Video: Smuka Nandwendwe; Mr Bones
Other: Performed at Umlazi Stadium with Mbongeni Ngema; backing vocalist for Jabu Hlongwane, Vuyo Mokoena, Suq Angel, Sharon Dee and Musa Njoko. The Lion King marks Azola’s West End debut.

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Zinhle Dube

Ensemble

Place of Birth: Durban, South Africa
Theatre: The Lion King (UK tour)
Television: South Africa Pop Stars (Etv)
Other: Zinhle has toured with the South African Zulu Choir.
The Lion King marks Zinhle’s West End debut.

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Jamie Golding

Standby Timon, Zazu & Pumbaa

Place of Birth: Essex, England
Theatre: Guys and Dolls (Kilworth House, Leicester); Kern Goes to Hollywood (King’s Head); Starlight Express (London, Germany and New
Zealand tour); The Best of Times (Bridewell Theatre and Vaudeville Theatre); The Beautiful Game (Sydmonton Festival and Cambridge
Theatre); Alice in Wonderland (RSC, Barbican and Stratford-upon-Avon); Urinetown (London workshop); The Canterville Ghost (UK tour); Sweeney Todd (Theatr Clwyd); Les Misérables (Palace Theatre)
Television: Grange Hill (BBC); Dodgem (BBC); The Ghostbusters of East Finchley (BBC); The Bill (ITV); The Southbank Show – The Beautiful Game (ITV)
Other: Jamie featured on the original cast album of The Beautiful Game as well as Rusty on the 15th anniversary recording of Starlight Express in Germany.

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Sandile Gontsana

Ensemble

Place of birth: Cape Town, South Africa
Training: College of Music University of Cape Town
Theatre: The Lion King (Australian tour)
The Lion King marks Sandile’s West End debut.

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Makoto Iso

ENSEMBLE

Place of Birth: Japan
Training: Central School of Ballet and The Hastings Stage Studio
Theatre: King and I (Curve Theatre, Leicester and UK Tour), Hello Dolly (Curve Theatre, Leicester)
Television: The X Factor, The Brit Awards, Lenny Henry Show
Film: About Time
Music Video: White Lies: There Goes Our Love Again
Other: Makoto has also appeared in commercials for Benetton, Sony, 48 Months Go Conquer, Comedy Central, Heineken and MTV.
The Lion King marks Makoto’s West End debut.

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Kwesi Christopher Jeffers

Ensemble

Place of birth: Trinidad & Tobago
Training: University of the West Indies
Theatre: The Lion King (UK tour)
The Lion King marks Kwesi’s West End debut.

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Mthokozisi Emkay Khanyile

Ensemble

Place of Birth: Durban, South Africa
Training: Wits University
Theatre: Under the Baobab Tree (National Children’s Theatre); My Son Pinocchio Jr, Alice in Wonderland Jr (Johannesburg Theatre); Thabo Mbeki and Other Nightmares (State Theatre); Beautiful Creatures (Montecasino Teatro)
Television: Lokshin Bioskop: REMIX (Mzansi Magic)
Film: eKasi Stories; Hhayi Lapha Kwami; Lokshin Bioskop; Crossed Wires; Lokshin Bioskop: Defiance
The Lion King marks Mthokozisi’s West End debut.

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Tramaine Lamy

Swing

Place of Birth: Trinidad, West Indies
Training: University of the West Indies
Theatre: Crazy For You; Fiddler on the Roof; Disney’s Beauty and the Beast; The Sound of Music; Aida; Steel; An Evening of August
Television: Carnival Taste (CNMG)
Other: Tramaine was a performer with Disney Cruise Line for two years before making her West End debut in The Lion King. Tramaine was awarded the 2009 Cacique award for best female performer in a musical for her
performance in Beauty and the Beast.

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Aiko Kato

Ensemble

Place of Birth: Ishikawa, Japan
Training: Kajikawa Ballet School (Japan); Northern Ballet School (Manchester, UK)
Theatre: The Lion King (UK and European tour); The King and I (Royal Albert Hall, Curve Leicester and UK and Ireland tour); Swan Lake and Coppélia (Vienna Festival Ballet UK tour)
Film: 47 Ronin (Warrior Productions)
Other: Performed with The Pet Shop Boys at the 2009 Brit Awards.

 

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Stephanie Laughlin

Ensemble

Place of Birth: Port of Spain, Trinidad, West Indies
Training: Caribbean School of Dance, Trinidad; Marymount Manhattan College, New York
Television: The Brit Awards; MTV Europe Music Awards;
The Royal Variety Performance; The X Factor; Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show
Other: Associate Choreographer with the Sports Presentation team for London 2012 Olympics. Worked with choreographers David Parsons, Doug Varone, Edwaard Liang, Pedro Ruiz, Frank Gatson, Jermaine Browne, HiHat and Tina Landon, and with recording artists including Beyoncé, Rihanna, Alicia Keys and Leona Lewis.
The Lion King marks Stephanie’s West End debut.

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Francisco Lins

Swing

Place of Birth: Recife, Brazil
Training: São Jose do Rio Preto Ballet, Criart Popular Culture, Centro de Danca Jaime Arôxa (Ballroom)
Theatre: Viva Brazil (German tour)
Other: P&O’s Pride of Bilbao Legends; TUI Cruises Island Escape – Magic of the Musicals.
The Lion King marks Francisco’s West End debut.

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Stephanie Tsz Maan Lo

Ensemble

Place of Birth: Hong Kong
Training: Northern Ballet School
Television: Fired by Mum and Dad (MTV)
The Lion King marks Stephanie’s West End debut.

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Khaya Maseko

Swing

Place of Birth: London, England
Training: Drakensberg Boys Choir, South African Youth Choir, Royal Academy of Music
Theatre: The Wizard of Oz & African Tapestry (The National Children’s Theatre of South Africa); The Big Bad Musical (Monte Casino); Festival of
The Lion King (Hong Kong Disneyland); Beauty and the Beast (Marinat Jumiera Theatre Dubai); The Lion King (UK tour)
The Lion King marks Khaya’s West End debut.

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Andy Mace

Standby Scar & Pumbaa

Place of Birth: Chatham, England
Theatre: Legally Blonde (Savoy Theatre and UK tour); Betty Blue Eyes (Novello Theatre); Wicked (Apollo Victoria Theatre); The Woman in White (Palace Theatre); Les Misérables (Queen’s Theatre, O2 and Windsor Castle); Rent (Prince of Wales Theatre and Shaftesbury Theatre); The Full Monty (Prince of Wales Theatre); Napoleon (Shaftesbury Theatre); Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre and UK tour); Troilus and Cressida (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre and UAE tour) and Martin Guerre (Prince Edward Theatre)
Television: Finest Hour (BBC); The Royal Variety Performance; Blue Peter (BBC); The Alan Titchmarsh Show (ITV); Children in Need (BBC). Continuity announcer for Bravo TV.

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Sadia McEwen

Sarabi / Ensemble

Place of Birth: London, England
Training: Westminster Kingsway College
Theatre: The Soul Legends (UK tour); The Magic Of Motown (UK tour)
Other: Sadia has also performed on various cruise liners including Holland America, Celebrity Equinox, Royal Caribbean, MSC, Saga and P&O.
The Lion King marks Sadia’s West End debut.

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Mduduzi Mkhethi

Swing

Place of Birth: Duduza, South Africa
Training: Mduduzi trained extensively in drama, music and dance in South Africa
Theatre: Maru; Malindi Sex Strike; Iso Broken Eye; Animal Farm; Trush Track; Umshado; Kwela Bafana (South Africa, Sibikwa Arts Centre)
Television: Rhythm City Ziyawala
Other: Mduduzi has recorded two gospel albums, Calvary and Khonza.
The Lion King marks Mduduzi’s West End debut.

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Phumlani Mkhize

Ensemble

Place of Birth: Durban, South Africa
Training: Storey Productions
Theatre:
Mighty Zulu Nation (Durban Playhouse); Native Blues (Catalina Theatre); The Lion King (Johannesburg, Taipei and Las Vegas)
Television: Dancing With the Stars
The Lion King marks Phumlani’s West End debut.

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Daniel Monteiro

Ensemble

Place of Birth: Osasco, Brazil
Training: Clayds Zwing Dance Studio, Teen Broadway
Theatre: The Producers; Beauty and the Beast; Cats; Cabaret;
The Drowsy Chaperone (all Brazil); The Lion King (Brazil, Switzerland and UK tour)
The Lion King marks Daniel’s West End debut.

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Candice Morris

Swing

Place of Birth: Kingston, Jamaica
Training: Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts and Florida International University
Other: Candice is a member of the National Dance Theatre Company of Jamaica. She is also the founder of Dixie Claire Children’s Arts based in Kingston.
The Lion King marks Candice’s West End debut.

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Melissa Nettleford

ENSEMBLE

Place of Birth: Birmingham, England
Training: Bird College
Theatre: Rocky Das Musical (Hamburg), Mamma Mia! (Stuttgart), The Lion King (Hamburg), Rocky Horror Show (European tour), We Will Rock You (Zurich/Vienna), Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat (UK tour)
The Lion King marks Melissa’s West End debut.

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Crystal Nicholls

ENSEMBLE

Place of Birth: Barbados
Training: Ryerson University; The Ailey School Summer Intensive
Theatre: Sacra Conversazione, Intricate Freedom, Encounters, Sueno Habana (Ryerson Theatre)
Other: Crystal has performed on Princess Cruises.
The Lion King marks Crystal’s West End debut.

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Nosipho Nkonqa

Swing

Training: Cape Town Chorus Training Programme and Wendy Fine singing studio
Theatre: The Lion King (Holland, South Africa, Taiwan, Singapore and UK tour)
The Lion King marks Nosipho’s West End debut.

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Darcel Osei

Swing

Place of Birth: Kingstown, Saint Vincent
Training: York University, Canada; Ailey School Summer Intensive, US; Jacob’s Pillow School, US
Film: Baiana (Bravo Facts)
Other: Ballet Creole Dance Company (Toronto); Kashedance Dance Company (Toronto).
The Lion King marks Darcel’s West End debut.

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Kella Panay

Swing

Place of Birth: London, England
Training: London Studio Centre, English National Ballet School and Urdang Academy of Performing Arts
Theatre: Saturday Night FeverBombay Dreams (Apollo Theatre)
Television: The Royal Variety Performance; Top of the Pops; Blue Peter; Children in Need; Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway
Video: Spirit in the Sky (Gareth Gates); Shakalaka Baby (Black Dog Productions)
Other: Kella has choreographed for Kali Theatre Company and was Assistant Choreographer for Trevor Nunn’s Porgy and Bess.

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Dominique Planter

Swing

Place of Birth: Bristol, England
Training: The Arts University Bournemouth, Liverpool Institute
for Performing Arts
Theatre: Godspell in Concert (UK tour); Our House (New Wolsey
and UK tour)
The Lion King marks Dominique’s West End debut.

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Poseletso Sejosingoe

ENSEMBLE

Place of Birth: Cape Town, South Africa
Training: Isango Portobello
Theatre: Magic Flute, A Christmas Carol, Mysteries, Scrooge (International tours)
Television: Chandies (Mtzantsi Magic); Forced Love (SABC!); Traffic (ETV)
Film: Ingoma “The Song”
Other: Poseletso was a runner up on the South Africa Pop Idol.
The Lion King marks Poseletso’s West End debut.

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Antoine Murray Straughan

Ensemble

Place of Birth: London, England
Training: The Urdang Academy
Theatre: Cats (London Palladium); In The Heights (Kings Cross Theatre); Jesus Christ Superstar (UK Arena Tour); Avant Guard Breaking Convention (Sadler’s Wells)
Other: Antoine was a semi-finalist on ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent as part of the Four Corners dance troupe.

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Nic Vani

Swing

Place of Birth: Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Theatre: The Lion King (Holland)
Television: S.A.B.C1 for SAMA Awards; Gospel Gold
The Lion King marks Nic’s West End debut.

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Ricardo Walker-Harris

Ensemble

Place of Birth: London, England
Training: The Urdang Academy
The Lion King marks Ricardo’s West End debut.

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Connor Williams

Swing

Place of Birth: London, England
Training: London Contemporary Dance School
Theatre: Polaris (Sadler’s Wells); Romeo and Juliet (Avant Garde Dance)
The Lion King marks Connor’s West End debut.