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Lion King Broadway Poster

The Lion King (Broadway)

THE LION KING with music by Elton John and lyrics by Tim Rice; additional music & lyrics by Lebo M, Mark Mancina, Jay Rifkin, Julie Taymor and Hans Zimmer, and a book by Roger Allers and Irene Mecchi, adapted from the screenplay by Irene Mecchi, Jonathan Roberts and Linda Woolverton opened at the New Amsterdam Theatre on Nov 13, 1997 and closed on Jun 04, 2006 in order to transfer to the Minskoff Theatre to re-open on Jun 13, 2006

Produced by Disney Theatrical Productions (Peter Schneider and Thomas Schumacher); Associate Producer: Donald B. Frantz replaced by Todd Lacy & Pam Young and in August 2003 replaced again by Aubrey Lynch.

Directed by Julie Taymor; Choreographed by Garth Fagan; Scenic Design by Richard Hudson; Costume Design by Julie Taymor; Lighting Design by Donald Holder; Mask & Puppet Design by Julie Taymor and Michael Curry; Sound Design by Tony Meola; Hair &  Make-Up Design by Michael Ward; Projection Design by Geoff Puckett; 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; Additional Vocal Score and Vocal Arrangements by Lebo M and Rafiki’s chants by Tsidii Le Loka.

Starring Eugene Barry-Hill (Singer), Gina Breedlove (Sarabi / Singer), Camille M. Brown (Dancer), Kevin Cahoon (Ed), Iresol Cardona (Dancer), Max Casella (Timon), Tracy Nicole Chapman (Shenzi), Mark Allan Davis (Dancer), Ntomb’khona Dlamini (Singer), Sheila Gibbs (Singer), Lana Gordon (Dancer), Heather Headley (Nala), Lindiwe Hlengwa (Singer), Geoff Hoyle (Zazu), Timothy Hunter (Dancer), Scott Irby-Ranniar (Young Simba), Christopher Jackson (Singer), Vanessa A. Jones (Singer), Michael Joy (Dancer), Faca Kulu (Singer), Ron Kunene (Singer), Tsidii Le Loka (Rafiki), Aubrey Lynch II (Dancer), Lebo M (Singer), Stanley Wayne Mathis (Banzai), Philip Dorian McAdoo (Singer), Sam McKelton (Singer), Nandi Morake (Singer), S’bu Ngema (One by One Dance / Lioness Chant Vocal / Circle of Life Vocals), Karine Plantadit-Bageot (Dancer), Jason Raize (Simba), Tom Alan Robbins (Pumbaa), Kajuana Shuford (Young Nala), Levensky Smith (Dancer), Ashi K. Smythe (Dancer), Endalyn Taylor-Shellman (Dancer), John Vickery (Scar), Samuel E. Wright (Mufasa) and Christine Yasunaga (Dancer)

Swings: Lindiwe Dlamini, Sonya Leslie, Peter Anthony Moore, Nhlanhla Ngema, Rachel Tecora Tucker and Frank Wright II.

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).

Associate Music Producer: Robert Elhai; 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; Replacement Resident Director: Deborah Shrimpton and Terry Berliner; Replacement Associate Sound Design: John Shivers; Replacement Assistant Hair & Makeup Designer: Cheryl V. Thomas; Replacement Associate Lighting Design: Carolyn Wong; Replacement Associate Hair and Wig Design: Rowena Hume.

General Manager: Alan Levey; Project Manager: Nina Essman; Company Manager: Steven Chaikelson; New Amsterdam Theatre General Manager: Dana Amendola; Replacement Company Manager: Kathryn Frawley, Sammy Ledbetter, Marshall Jones (Jul 10, 2001 – May 05, 2002), Dave Ehle (May 06, 2002 – Apr 02, 2006), Thomas Schlenk and Christopher Recker. Replacement Assistant Company Manager:Laura Eichholz; Replacement Theatre Manager: John M. Loiacono; Replacement General Manager: Anne Quart; Replacement Project Manager: Todd Lacy.

Technical Director: David Benken; Production Stage Manager: Jeff Lee; Stage Manager: Mahlon Kruse, Elizabeth Burgess, Steve “Doc” Zorthian and Beverly Jenkins. Replacement Production Stage Manager: Elizabeth Burgess and Jimmie Lee Smith; Replacement Stage Manager: Ron Vodicka, Victoria Epstein, Antonia Gianino, Arabella Powell, Jimmie Lee Smith, Carmen Abrazado and Tom Reynolds Replacement Assistant Stage Manager: Kristin Newhouse, Victoria Epstein, Gail Luna, Cody Renard Richard, Arabella Powell, Tom Reynolds and Ellen Mezzera; Replacement Sub Stage Manager: Lynda J. Fox.

Flying by Foy; Casting: Jay Binder; Fight direction by Rick Sordelet; Press Representative: Boneau / Bryan-Brown; Dance Captain: Aubrey Lynch II; Logo Design: Fraver; Online Marketing by Toby Simkin / BuyBroadway Online Inc.; Advertising: Serino Coyne, Inc.; Photographer: Joan Marcus and Marc Bryan-Brown. Replacement Assistant Dance Captain: Torya and Leonora Stapleton; Replacement Dance Captain: Garland Days; Replacement Fight Captain: Ryan Brooke Taylor and Steven Evan Washington; Replacement Press Associate: Christine Olver.

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. Replacement Additional Percussion Arrangements: Valerie Dee Naranjo; Replacement Musical Director: Karl Jurman; Replacement Conductor: Karl Jurman; Replacement Keyboard Synthesizers: Cynthia Kortman; Replacement Upright & Electric Basses: Tom Barney.


Replacement Cast: Jesús Del Orden (Young Simba Alternate), Chinua Baraka Payne (Young SimbaAlternate), Ramon Reed (Young Simba), Kenneth Aikens (Young Simba Alternate), Mikee Castillo (Young Nala Alternate), Don Donohue (Scar), Suri Marrero (Young Nala Alternate), Justin Martin (Young Simba Alternate), Aliya “Jo” Ramey (Young Nala Alternate), Demi Singleton (Young Nala Alternate), Felipe Abrigo (Dancer / Giraffe Shadow Puppet / Simba Shadow Puppet), Michelle Aguilar Camaya (Singer / Gazelle