MusicalPuppets SpectacleOriginalBroadway
Opening Date
Nov 13, 1997
Closing Date
Currently Running
1st Preview
Oct 15, 1997
1st Preview
Oct 15, 1997
Previews
33
Performances (as of Jul 14, 2019)
9,025
MusicalPuppets SpectacleOriginalBroadway

ABOUT THIS PRODUCTION

Theatres
New Amsterdam Theatre
(Nov 13, 1997 - Jun 04, 2006)
Current
Minskoff Theatre
(Jun 13, 2006 - Present)

Media
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Theatre Owned / Operated by Disney Theatrical Productions
Produced by Disney Theatrical Productions; Produced for Disney Theatrical Productions by Peter Schneider and Thomas Schumacher; Associate Producer: Donald B. Frantz
Music by Elton John; Lyrics by Tim Rice; Additional music by Lebo M, Mark Mancina, Jay Rifkin, Julie Taymor and Hans Zimmer; Additional lyrics by Lebo M, Mark Mancina, Jay Rifkin, Julie Taymor and Hans Zimmer; Book by Roger Allers and Irene Mecchi; Adapted from the screenplay by Irene Mecchi, Jonathan Roberts and Linda Woolverton; Musical Director: Joseph Church; Music orchestrated by Robert Elhai, David Metzger and Bruce Fowler; Music Produced for the Stage and Additional Score by Mark Mancina; Associate Music Producer: Robert Elhai; Additional Vocal Score and Vocal Arrangements by Lebo M; Rafiki's chants by Tsidii Le Loka
Directed by Julie Taymor; Choreographed by Garth Fagan
Scenic Design by Richard Hudson; Costume Design by Julie Taymor; Lighting Design by Donald Holder; Mask Design by Julie Taymor and Michael Curry; Puppet Design by Julie Taymor and Michael Curry; Sound Design by Tony Meola; Hair Design by Michael Ward; Make-Up Design by Michael Ward; Projection Design by Geoff Puckett; Associate Scenic Design: Peter Eastman and Jonathan Fensom; Associate Costume Design: Mary Nemecek Peterson; Associate Lighting Design: Jeanne Koenig; Scenic Design Assistant: Atkin Pace; Assistant Costume Design: Tracy Dorman; Assistant Lighting Design: Martin Vreeland; Assistant Sound Design: Kai Harada; Automated Lighting Programmer: Aland Henderson
General Manager: Alan Levey; Project Manager: Nina Essman; Company Manager: Steven Chaikelson
Technical Director: David Benken; Production Stage Manager: Jeff Lee; Stage Manager: Mahlon Kruse, Elizabeth Burgess, Steve "Doc" Zorthian and Beverly Jenkins
Choral Director: Lebo M; Conducted by Joseph Church; Associate Conductor: Karl Jurman; Wood Flute Soloist/Flute/Piccolo: David Weiss; Concert Master: Claudia Hafer-Tondi and Sean Carney; Concertmaster: Francisca Mendoza; Violin: Avril Brown; Violin/Viola: Ralph Farris; Cello: Eliana Mendoza and Bruce Wang; Flute/Clarinet/Bass Clarinet: Bob Keller; French Horn: Katie Dennis, Kait Mahony and Jeff Scott; Trombone: Rock Ciccarone; Bass Trombone/Tuba: George Flynn; Upright & Electric Basses: Luico Hopper; Drums: Tommy Igoe; Guitar: Kevin Kuhn; Mallets/Percussion: Valerie Dee Naranjo and Tom Brett; Percussion: Junior "Gabu" Wedderburn and Rolando Morales-Matos; Synthesizer: Ted Baker; Keyboard Synthesizers: Karl Jurman and Colin Welford; Musical Coordinator: Michael Keller; Music Preparation: Donald Oliver, Evan Morris and Chelsea Music Services, Inc.; Synthesizer Programmer: Ted Baker; Electronic Drum Programmer: Tommy Igoe
Flying by Foy
Casting: Jay Binder; Press Representative: Boneau / Bryan-Brown; Dance Captain: Aubrey Lynch II; Logo Design: Fraver; Photographer: Joan Marcus and Marc Bryan-Brown
Ensemble Singer
 
Ensemble Singer
Ensemble Dancer
Ensemble Dancer
Timon
Ensemble Dancer
Ensemble Singer
Ensemble Singer
Ensemble Dancer
Ensemble Singer
Ensemble Dancer
Young Simba
Ensemble Singer
Ensemble Singer
Ensemble Dancer
Ensemble Singer
Ensemble Singer
Ensemble Dancer
Ensemble Singer
Ensemble Singer
Ensemble Singer
Ensemble Singer
One by One Dance
 
Lioness Chant Vocal
 
Circle of Life Vocals
Ensemble Dancer
Simba
Young Nala
Ensemble Dancer
Ensemble Dancer
Ensemble Dancer
Ensemble Dancer
Understudies: Kevin Bailey (Scar), Eugene Barry-Hill (Mufasa), Camille M. Brown (Sarabi, Nala), Kevin Cahoon (Zazu, Timon), Alberto Cruz Jr. (Young Simba), Sheila Gibbs (Rafiki), Lana Gordon (Shenzi), Lindiwe Hlengwa (Rafiki, Nala), Timothy Hunter (Simba), Christopher Jackson (Simba), Vanessa A. Jones (Sarabi, Shenzi), Jennifer Josephs (Young Nala), Sonya Leslie (Nala), Philip Dorian McAdoo (Mufasa, Banzai, Pumbaa), Sindisiwe Nxumalo (Rafiki), Danny Rutigliano (Zazu, Timon, Pumbaa), Levensky Smith (Banzai) and Frank Wright II (Ed)
Timon
Jun 15, 2010 - ?
Stephen Carlile
Broadway debut
Scar
Jan 31, 2017 - ?
Young Simba
Alternate
Simba
Jul 02, 2018 - ?
Rafiki
Young Simba
Alternate
Zazu
Jul 05, 2016 - ?
Mufasa
Jul 10, 2015 - ?
Nala
Jul 16, 2019 - ?
Kenneth Aikens
Broadway debut
Young Simba
Alternate
Mikee Castillo
Broadway debut
Young Nala
Alternate
Pumbaa
Young Nala
Alternate
Ed
? - Oct 07, 2012
Ensemble
Aug 28, 2012 - ?
Ensemble Dancer
Ensemble Dancer
 
Stilt Giraffe Cross
Stilt Giraffe Cross
 
Ensemble Dancer
One by One Vocal
 
Lioness/Hyena Shadow Puppet
 
Ensemble Singer
Zinhle Dube
Broadway debut
Lioness/Hyena Shadow Puppet
 
Ensemble Singer
Ensemble Singer
 
Circle of Life Vocals
 
One by One Vocal
 
One by One Dance
 
Lioness/Hyena Shadow Puppet
 
Lioness Chant Vocal
Ensemble Dancer
Ensemble Dancer
 
Buzzard Pole
Ensemble Dancer
 
Gazelle Wheel
Ensemble Singer
Ensemble Singer
 
Giraffe Shadow Puppet
 
Scar Shadow Puppet
Ensemble Singer
 
Mouse Shadow Puppet
Ensemble Singer
 
One by One Vocal
 
Lioness/Hyena Shadow Puppet
Ensemble Dancer
Ensemble Dancer
 
Cheetah
 
Nala Pole Puppet
Sharron Lynn
Broadway debut
Ensemble Dancer
Ensemble Singer
 
Circle of Life Vocals
 
Giraffe Shadow Puppet
 
Scar Shadow Puppet
 
Pumbaa Pole Puppet
Ensemble Singer
 
Lioness/Hyena Shadow Puppet
Ensemble Dancer
 
Gazelle
 
Giraffe Shadow Puppet
 
Scar Shadow Puppet
Ensemble
 
Simba Shadow Puppet
 
Acrobatic Trickster
Ensemble Singer
 
Lioness Chant Vocal
 
One by One Dance
 
Circle of Life Vocals
Ensemble Singer
 
Lioness/Hyena Shadow Puppet
 
One by One Vocal
Ensemble Dancer
 
Ant Hill Lady
Sarabi
Standby: Jim Ferris (Zazu, Timon, Pumbaa) and Michael Hollick (Scar, Pumbaa)
Understudies: Lindiwe Dlamini (Shenzi), Angelica Edwards (Rafiki, Shenzi), Jamal Lee Harris (Mufasa, Scar), Michael Alexander Henry (Mufasa), Andre Jackson (Ed), Joel Karie (Simba, Banzai), Nokubonga Khuzwayo (Nala), Pearl Khwezi (Nala, Rafiki), Mduduzi Madela (Simba), Kimberly Marable (Shenzi, Sarabi), Jaysin McCollum (Ed), Kyle Lamar Mitchell (Simba), Chondra La-Tease Profit (Nala), Jacqueline Rene (Nala, Sarabi), Enrique Segura (Timon, Zazu) and L. Steven Taylor (Scar)

New Amsterdam Theatre (Nov 13, 1997 - Jun 04, 2006)

Associate Producer: Todd Lacy, Pam Young (? - Aug 2003) and Aubrey Lynch (Aug 2003 - ?)
Additional Percussion Arrangements: Valerie Dee Naranjo; Musical Director: Karl Jurman
Resident Director: Deborah Shrimpton and Terry Berliner (Mar 2001 - ?)
Associate Sound Design: John Shivers; Assistant Hair & Makeup Designer: Cheryl V. Thomas; Associate Lighting Design: Carolyn Wong; Associate Hair and Wig Design: Rowena Hume
Company Manager: Kathryn Frawley, Sammy Ledbetter, Marshall Jones (Jul 10, 2001 - May 05, 2002), Dave Ehle (May 06, 2002 - Apr 02, 2006), Thomas Schlenk (Apr 03, 2006 - ?) and Christopher Recker; Project Manager: Todd Lacy; Assistant Co. Mgr: Laura Eichholz; General Manager: Anne Quart
Production Stage Manager: Elizabeth Burgess and Jimmie Lee Smith; Assistant Stage Mgr: Kristin Newhouse, Victoria Epstein, Gail Luna, Cody Renard Richard (Nov 26, 2014 - Nov 30, 2014), Cody Renard Richard (Dec 16, 2014 - Dec 20, 2014), Cody Renard Richard (Feb 17, 2015 - Feb 25, 2015), Arabella Powell, Tom Reynolds and Ellen Mezzera; Sub Stage Manager: Lynda J. Fox; Stage Manager: Ron Vodicka, Victoria Epstein (circa. Jul 2003 - ?), Antonia Gianino, Arabella Powell, Jimmie Lee Smith, Carmen Abrazado and Tom Reynolds
Conducted by Karl Jurman (circa. 2006 - ?); Keyboard Synthesizers: Cynthia Kortman; Upright & Electric Basses: Tom Barney
Assistant Dance Captain: Torya and Leonora Stapleton; Dance Captain: Garland Days; Fight Captain: Ryan Brooke Taylor and Steven Evan Washington; Press Associate: Christine Olver; Fight direction by Rick Sordelet; Advertising: Serino Coyne, Inc.; Interactive Marketing: Situation Marketing

Cast

Young Simba
Alternate
Young Simba
Alternate
Ramon Reed
Broadway debut
Young Simba
Kenneth Aikens
Broadway debut
Young Simba
Alternate
Mikee Castillo
Broadway debut
Young Nala
Alternate
Young Nala
Alternate
Young Simba
Alternate
Young Nala
Alternate
Ensemble Dancer
 
Giraffe Shadow Puppet
 
Simba Shadow Puppet
 
Ensemble Singer
 
Gazelle Wheel
 
Butterflies
 
Flying Dancer
Young Simba
Alternate
 
Timon
Ensemble Dancer
 
Ensemble Singer
Alexio K. Barboza
Wed. Mat., Thurs., Sat. Mat., Sun. Mat.
Young Simba
Alternate
Young Simba
Ensemble Dancer
 
Guinea Fowl
 
Scar Shadow Puppet
 
Floor Dancer
 
Ant Hill Lady
 
Floor Dancer
Pumbaa
Jun 10, 2003 - ?
Stilt Giraffe Cross
Ensemble Dancer
Kai Braithwaite
Wed. mat, Thurs. and Fri. eve., Sun. mat
Young Simba
Ensemble
Fireflies
Mufasa
 
Banzai
Ensemble
 
Gazelle Wheel
 
Butterflies
 
Flying Dancer
Ensemble Dancer
 
Gazelle
 
Acrobatic Trickster
 
Stilt Giraffe
 
Flying Dancer
Young Simba
Alternate
Kailani M. Coba
Wed. Mat., Thurs., Sat. Eve., Sun. Eve.
Young Nala
Alternate
Ensemble Dancer
 
Ant Hill Lady
 
Floor Dancer
Young Nala
Aaron D. Conley
Wed. Eve., Fri.., Sat. Eve., Sun. Eve.
Young Simba
Alternate
Ensemble
 
Stilt Giraffe Cross
 
Flying Dancer
 
Stilt Giraffe Cross
 
Stilt Giraffe Cross
Buzzard Pole
 
Scar Shadow Puppet
Ensemble
Young Nala
Alternate
Ensemble Singer
 
Lioness/Hyena Shadow Puppet
One by One Vocal
 
Lioness/Hyena Shadow Puppet
Ensemble
Zazu
circa. 2000 - ?
Zinhle Dube
Broadway debut
Lioness/Hyena Shadow Puppet
 
Ensemble Singer
Ensemble Singer
 
Circle of Life Vocals
 
One by One Vocal
 
One by One Dance
Thuli Dumakude
Wed. eve and Sat mat.
Rafiki
Alternate
Ensemble Singer
Young Simba
Alternate
Ensemble Dancer
 
Mouse Shadow Puppet
 
Gazelle
 
Giraffe Shadow Puppet
 
Scar Shadow Puppet
 
Flying Dancer
Ensemble Singer
 
Lioness/Hyena Shadow Puppet
Ensemble
Zipporah G. Gatling
Wed. Eve., Fri., Sat. Eve., Sun. Eve.
Young Nala
Alternate
Rafiki