Vincent Jamal Hooper joins 'The Lion King' Broadway cast

The actor is set to make his Broadway debut in the leading role of the long-running Disney Broadway musical at the Minskoff Theatre in late September.

He just can't wait to be king! Vincent Jamal Hooper joins the cast of The Lion King on Broadway as Simba on September 26. He will make his Broadway debut with the role.

Hooper previously performed various roles on the North American tour of Hamilton and appeared in the Off-Broadway musical White Girl in Danger earlier this year.

He now replaces Brandon A. McCall, who plays his final performance as Simba on September 24. The current cast of The Lion King also includes Stephen Carlile as Scar, L. Steven Taylor as Mufasa, Tshidi Manye as Rafiki, Nick LaMedica as Zazu, Ben Jeffrey as Pumbaa, Fred Berman as Timon, Pearl Khwezi as Nala, James Brown-Orleans as Bonzai, Bonita J. Hamilton as Shenzi, and Robb Sapp as Ed.

Based on the hit Disney movie, The Lion King follows the young lion cub Simba as he grows up to take his rightful place as King of the Pride Lands, succeeding his father as a just ruler. The Tony Award-winning Best Musical celebrated its 25th anniversary on Broadway in 2022.

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Photo credit: Vincent Jamal Hooper. (Photo courtesy of Disney Theatrical Productions)

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