Young Simba…..Zavier Alterio
Young Nala…..Naomi Schag
Ed…..To Be Determined
Lionesses: Lillian Casey, Megan Hayes, Katherine Stefaniuk, Alexandria Switaj, Anna Perkins, Zoe Parrott, Natalie Smith, Amy Gardner, Brie Blevins, and Leandra Viscioni.
Hyenas: Emma Hutchison-Deehr, Alex Tate, Grace Masi, Asher Stefaniuk, Marianna Stefaniuk, Braylon Gardner, Danny Gardner, Hannah Billheimer, Liberty Dulaney, Abby Bechstein, Luke Reavis, Reuben Browning, and Kadelyn Becker.
Jungle Creatures: Lathan Beard, Isabelle Blevins, Jaselle Clark, Gwyneth Jones, McKinnley King, MiKayla Lawrence, Jackie Metz, Nick Reavis, Audrey Smith, Justin Switaj, and Allison Volz.
Set in the flourishing African Pride Lands, The Lion King, Jr. is an adaptation of the lively and moving Disney stage production. The young and precocious lion cub, Simba, is born into the royal family; and spends his days exploring the savanna grasslands and idolizing his kingly father, Mufasa. When an unthinkable tragedy, orchestrated by Simba’s wicked uncle Scar, takes his father’s life, Simba flees the Pride Lands, leaving his loss and the life he knew behind. Eventually companioned by two new friends, Pumbaa and Timon, Simba learns to start anew. When news of the now-ravaged Pride Lands reaches him, Simba answers a desperate plea for help from his childhood friend Nala who comes to find the adult prince. Simba learns he must take on his uncle Scar, and fulfill his destiny to be king.
Based upon the 1994 Disney animated film of the same name, The Lion King debuted on Broadway on November 13, 1997. The musical features music by Elton John and lyrics by Tim Rice; with a musical score by Hans Zimmer, and choral arrangements by Lebo M. Additional music and lyrics are by Lebo M, Mark Mancina, Jay Rifkin and Hans Zimmer. The book of the show was written by Roger Allers and Irene Mecchi. The Broadway production was directed by Julie Taymor, and produced by Disney Theatricals. The Lion King is currently the third longest-running show in history, and has played to more than ninety million audience members worldwide. The show has been recognized with more than 70 theatre awards internationally, including six Tony Awards.