The Lion King Broadway Cast Update


July 2016 – Minskoff Theatre New York


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derek-smith-lion-king-nyc-theatregold Derek Smith – Scar

Broadway: The Green Bird (Tony nomination), Ring ‘Round the Moon, Jackie,Getting and Spending, Timon of Athens, The Government Inspector. Many Off-Broadway credits include: The Witch Of Edmonton (Calloway Award), The Dance Of Death, Sylvia (Drama League, L.A. Ovation Awards), The Green Bird (Obie Award), King John. Film and TV: Jungle to Jungle, The Stand-In, Hyde inHollywood, Advice from a Caterpillar, “The Equalizer,” Internal Affairs. Derwent Award recipient.



L Steven Taylor Gareth Saxe cast Update Lion King Broadway at L. Steven Taylor – Mufasa

is excited to rejoin The Broadway Company of THE LION KING after traveling with The National Tour, during which time he had the honor of performing at The White House. NYC/Regional: Ataria, Cutman, G word, Miss Saigon, Songs For A New World, Godspell, A Chorus Line, Film and Television: The Electric Company (Leo Watson) Last of The Ninth (HBO Pilot) Made For Each Other, Expiration Date, Game Over. Always for Granny and Boogie.


Tshidi Manye Gareth Saxe cast Update Lion King Broadway at  Tshidi Manye – Rafiki

Tshidi toured Europe and Japan with M. Bongeni Ngema in the hit musicalSarafina. Other stage credits: Rafiki in the Broadway and Toronto productions ofTHE LION KINGDaughter of Nebo by Hillary Bletcher, Mfowethu by Gibson Kente, The Stick by Aubrey Sekhabi. Honored to have performed with legendary artists such as Paul Simon, David Byrne, Hugh Masekela, Jabu Khanyile, Vusi Mahlasela. Album: Sisters of Joy.


cameron-pow-lion-king-nyc-theatregold Cameron Pow – Zazu

Cameron rejoins the Broadway company having previously performed in the West End and 1st National Touring productions of The Lion King. Other West End: 2008 Royal Variety Performance (With the cast of The Lion King). Off-Broadway:The 39 Steps (Union Square Theatre), Accidentally, Like A Martyr (Other Side Productions),The Comedy Of Errors, King Lear, The Iliad-Book One (Aquila Theatre Company). Regional/Touring: Henry V, Julius Caesar (Folger Shakespeare Theatre, DC), Art(Theatre Jacksonville, FL). The Tempest, The Wrath Of Achilles, King Lear, The Iliad-Book One, Oedipus (Aquila Touring). Film: Henry, The Dead Part Of You,Autechre. TV: “Falling Water”, “Person Of Interest”, “Basile”, “Deception”, “Pan-Am”, and the web-series “OM-City” (featured as part of the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival N.O.W. series).


Ben Jeffrey Gareth Saxe cast Update Lion King Broadway at  Ben Jeffrey – Pumbaa

Ben is pumped to be making his Broadway debut! Ben holds an MFA (Acting) from Rutgers University, where credits included AntigoneRomeo and JulietIn the Sawtooths and more. His BFA (Acting/Musical Theatre) is from Abilene Christian University, where credits included Jane Eyre and Seussical. TV: The Good Wife, Louie. Endless thanks to God, his incomparable wife and the family.


Fred Berman Gareth Saxe cast Update Lion King Broadway at Theatregold.comFred Berman – Timon

Broadway debut. Off-Broadway: Bury the Dead, Room Service, Shockheaded Peter, The Normal Heart, The Vocal Lords. Nat tour: The Buddy Holly Story.Regional: North Shore Music Theatre, Paper Mill Playhouse, O’Neill Theater, Geva Theatre, Huntington Theatre, New Repertory, Cleveland Play House. Film: Twelve Thirty, A Very Special Episode, Goin Down, Redirecting Eddie. TV: Law & Order, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Daily Pops, All My Children.” Award-winning narrator of more than 50 audio books.


Jelani Remy Gareth Saxe cast Update Lion King Broadway at  Jelani Remy – Simba

Coming from the Las Vegas production, Jelani is excited and blessed to be working with the Disney family again! Past shows include Disney High School Musical andHigh School Musical 2, Parade, Cabaret, and Smokey Joes Cafe. As a director, teacher, and choreographer, Jelani is always putting up new works, workshops and concerts all over the country!

adrienne-walker-lion-king-nyc-theatregold Adrienne Walker – Nala

Adrienne is from Jonesboro, Georgia and is thrilled to make her Broadway debut! Featured Chicago credits: Porgy & Bess, Iphigenia in Aulis, Agamemnon (Court);The Color Purple (Mercury); Sondheim on Sondheim (Porchlight); Brooklyn theMusical (Towle). Adrienne voices Peanut on the YouTube animated series McTuckyFried High. Thanks to my family, Austin, and Dawn & Chris at Gray Talent Group. Psalms 150

James Brown Orleans Gareth Saxe cast Update Lion King Broadway at  James Brown-Orleans – Banzai

James Brown-Orleans originated the role of Banzai on THE LION KING Gazelle Tour and is thrilled to be part of the Broadway company. James can be seen as Doc Motors in Disney’s The Princess Diaries.

Bonita J Hamilton Gareth Saxe cast Update Lion King Broadway at  Bonita J Hamilton – Shenzi

Broadway debut. Hallelujah! A native of Montgomery, AL, Bonita is overjoyed to join this talented cast. Credits: Aint Misbehavin, Guys and Dolls, The Piano Lesson, The Old Settler, In the Blood, Dreamgirls, The Color Purple (workshop). Education: MFA, Brandeis University.


Enrique Segura – Ed, Understudy (Zazu, Timon)
Kyliegh Curran – Young Nala at certain performances
Mehret Marsh – Young Nala at certain performances
Cayen Martin – Young Simba at certain performances
Tre Jones – Young Simba at certain performances
Lawrence Keith Alexander – Ensemble
LaMar Baylor – Ensemble
India Bolds – Ensemble
Elishah Bowman – Ensemble
Derrick Davis – Ensemble, Understudy (Mufasa, Scar)
Lindiwe Dlamini – Ensemble, Understudy (Shenzi)
Bongi Duma – Ensemble
Angelica Edwards – Swing, Understudy (Rafiki, Shenzi)
Jim Ferris – Standby Zazu, Timon, Pumbaa
Rosie Lani Fiedelman – Ensemble
Christopher Freeman – Ensemble
Pia Hamilton – Ensemble
Jamal Lee Harris – Ensemble, Understudy (Mufasa)
Andre Jackson – Swing
Lindsey Jolyn Jackson – Ensemble
Joel Karie – Ensemble, Understudy (Simba, Banzai)
Lisa Lewis -Ensemble
Mduduzi Madela – Ensemble, Understudy (Simba, Banzai)
Kimberly Marable – Ensemble, Understudy (Sarabi, Shenzi)
Jaysin McCollum -Ensemble
Ray Mercer – Ensemble
Kyle Lamar Mitchell – Swing, Understudy (Simba)

Matthew Morgon – Swing
S’bu Ngema – Ensemble
Nhlanhla Ngobeni -Ensemble, Understudy (Mufasa)
Nteliseng Nkhela – Ensemble, Understudy (Rafiki)
James A. Pierce III – Swing
Jacqueline Rene – Swing, Understudy (Sarabi, Nala)
Kellen Stancil – Swing, Dance Captain

Sophia Stephens – Ensemble
Thulisile Thusi – Ensemble, Understudy (Rafiki)

Natalie Turner – Swing
Bravita Threatt – Swing, Dance Captain
Donna Michelle Vaughn – Ensemble
Tryphena Wade – Sarabi, Ensemble

Thom Christopher Warren – Standby Scar/Zazu/Pumbaa

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Updated July 12, 2016

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