The Lion King' announces full cast for Broadway reopening

The Disney musical continues roaring on Broadway.

Photo credit: The Lion King (Photo by Joan Marcus)

The circle of life is being filled in once more, as the full cast for The Lion King’s Broadway reopening has been named. The Lion King is at the Minskoff Theatre from September 14, and The Lion King tickets are on sale now.

Brandon A. McCAll will make his Broadway debut as Simba, reprising the role after starring in the tour. Many of the lead cast members will be returning to The Lion King, including L. Steven Taylor as Mufasa, Adrienne Walker as Nala, Tshidi Manye as Rafiki, Stephen Carlile as Scar, Ben Jeffrey as Pumbaa and Fred Berman as Timon. Cameron Pow will now take over the role of Zazu, with James Brown-Orleans as Banzai, Bonita J. Hamilton as Shenzi and Robb Sapp as Ed.

The Lion King ensemble is completed by Lawrence Keith Alexander, Cameron Amandus, Leanne Antonio, Andrew Arrington, India Bolds Browne, Lindiwe Dlamini, Zinhle Dube, Bongi Duma, Angelica Edwards, Jim Ferris, Rosie Lani Feldman, Daniel Gaymon, Pia Hamilton, Daniel Harder, Michael Alexander Henry, Michael Hollick, Pearl Khwezi, Lindsey Jackson, Lisa Lewis, Mduduzi Madela, Jaysin McCollum, Ray Mercer, S'bu Ngema, Nhlanhla Ngobeni, Nteliseng Nkhela, Jacqueline René, Kaylin Seckel, Kellen Stencil, Housso Semon, Derrick Spear, Michael Stiggers Jr., Jamie J. Thompson, Bravita Threatt, Natalie Turner, Donna Michelle Vaughan, Nicholas Ward and Stephen Scott Wormley.

Vince Ermita and Corey J. will share the role of Young Simba, while Alayna Martus and Sydney Elise Russell share the role of Young Nala.

Since opening on Broadway in 1997, the Disney musical The Lion King has enjoyed a continous run of over two decades and is the third longest-running musical on Broadway. The Lion King tells the story of Simba as he becomes King of the Pride Lands, set to an iconic score including “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” and “Hakuna Matata.”

In a review of the 20th anniversary of The Lion King for New York Theatre Guide, Kyle Wrentz said: “The Lion King is still a timeless piece of artistry and magical allure… In such a time of turmoil and discourse, it is lovely to get lost in this iconic piece and be inspired by all the cultures and individuals who continue to come together to make the entrancing musical still shine so radiantly today.”

The Lion King features direction and costume design by Julie Taymor and choreography by Garth Fagan. Scenic design is by Richard Hudson, with mask design by Taymor and Michael Curry.

The Lion King is at the Minskoff Theatre from September 14.

The Lion King tickets are on sale now.

Photo credit: The Lion King (Photo by Joan Marcus)