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Richard HurstScar

Place of Birth: Bath, England

Training: The Tobacco Factory (Bristol Academy of Performing Arts) and The Royal Academy of Music

Theatre: The Duchess of Malfi and The Fantastic Follies of Mrs Rich (RSC); The Bodyguard (China Tour); Sunny Afternoon (UK Tour); Jane Eyre (National Theatre); My Night With Reg (Apollo Theatre / Donmar); Around The World In 80 Days (Chipping Norton Theatre); Worst Wedding Ever (Salisbury Playhouse); Dick Whittington and his Cat (Salisbury Playhouse); Little Shop of Horrors (Aberystwyth Arts Centre); The Winter’s Tale (The Rose Bankside)

Television: Eastenders (BBC); Doctors (BBC); Casualty (BBC); Look (ITV); The Sitcom Trials (BBC); Eastenders E20 (BBC Three)

Other Credits: Pinocchio (National Theatre Workshop); The Suicide (National Theatre Workshop)

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Jean-Luc GuizonneMufasa

Place of Birth: Bondy, France

Training: School of music, theatre and dance of the Val Maubée; Lorenzo Pancino Academy

Theatre: Chicago The Musical (Mogador Theater); Madiba The Musical (Pierre-Yves Duchesne Comedia Theater and Olympia Paris); Gospel Sur La Colline (Folies Bergères Theater); Der Konig Der Lover (Mogador Theater); Le Roi Lion (Mogador Theater); La Légende Du Roi Lion (Disneyland Paris)

Television: Loire Mon Amour; Petits Secrets Entre Voisins; Star Academy

Film: Anna; Instinct Animal; Jungle Jihad; Moana

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Thandazile SoniRafiki

Place of Birth: Ixopo, South Africa

Training: Sifiso's Drama Society

Theatre: Part of Joyous Celebration 2; The Durban Divas; The Game; The Lion King (New York, Chicago, Netherlands, UK & Ireland Tour)

Film: Qhakaza (Shine)

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Matthew ForbesZazu

Place of Birth: Leicester, England

Training: Royal Central School of Speech and Drama

Theatre: Kiki’s Delivery Service (Southwark Playhouse); The Wizard of Oz (National Tour); The Witches (Dundee Rep); Alice’s Adventures Underground (Les Enfants Terribles); War Horse (National Theatre); War Horse- The Prom (RoyalAlbert Hall); Beauty & the Beast (Dundee Rep); Permission to Play (Shakespeare's Globe); Boy A (Embassy Studios); Midsummer Night’s Dream (The EmbassyTheatre).

Television and Film: Robin Hood (BBC/Tiger Aspect); Hot Fuzz (Working Title Films); The Silent Cormorant (Passion Pictures).

Voiceover: Shelby in Boyster (Disney); The Fashion Priest (MyDaily); SoulBoy (Soda Pictures); & Snap (MTV).

Other: War Horse (International Tour 2019-2020); Treasure Island (Leicester Haymarket Theatre); Skellig (Nottingham Playhouse); War Horse (UK Tour 2017-2018); Holes (Nottingham Playhouse); Babe The Sheep-Pig (Polka Theatre, National Tour & Australian Tour); Kiki’s Delivery Service (Southwark Playhouse); Dinner at the Twits (Les Enfants Terribles, The Vaults); The Witches (Dundee Rep); Adventures in Wonderland (Les Enfants Terribles, The Vaults); War Horse (Holland & Belgium Tour 2014-2016); War Horse (UK, Ireland & South African Tour 2013-2015); The Steadfast Tin Soldier (Little Angel Theatre & The Old Vic).

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Steve BeirnaertTimon

Place of Birth: Kapellen, Belgium

Training: HIDK Studio Herman Teirlinck

Theatre: The Lion King (Holland); Cabaret (Belgium & Switzerland); Mary Poppins (Holland); Annie (Belgium); Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (Belgium); Alice in Wonderland (Holland & Belgium); Jungle Book (Holland & Belgium); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Holland & Belgium)

Other: Matthew voiced the role of Pantalaimon in the Flemish dubbed version of The Golden Compass

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Carl SandersonPumbaa

Place of Birth: Barnsley, England

Training: Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts

Theatre: Sweet Charity (Nottingham Playhouse); Sunset Boulevard (UK Tour); Aladdin (Bradford Alhambra); Kiss me Kate (Kilworth House); 42nd> Street (Theatre du Chatelet); Guys and Dolls, The Pajama Game and The Music Man (Chichester Festival Theatre); Stephen Ward (Aldwych Theatre); My Fair Lady (Sheffield Crucible and UK Tour); Ragtime, Midsummer Night’s Dream and Hello Dolly! (Regents Park Open Air Theatre); Crazy for You (Regents Park Open Air Theatre and Novello Theatre); Hairspray (UK Tour); Sweet Charity (Menier Chocolate Factory); Cats (New London Theatre and UK Tour); Doctor Doolittle (UK Tour); Acorn Antiques: The Musical! (Haymarket Theatre and UK Tour); Della Luna- Orpheus in the Underworld, The Mikado, The Merry Widow, HMS Pinafore, The Gondoliers, The Parson's Pirates, La Vie Parisienne and The Cow and the Pianoforte. The Phantom of the Opera (West End and UK Tour); The Mikado (Savoy Theatre); Starlight Express (Apollo Victoria); Beauty and the Beast (Wakefield Theatre Royal); Peter Pan (West Yorkshire Playhouse); Camelot (Covent Garden Festival).

Television: Victoria Wood Christmas Special; Acorn Antiques The Musical!

Film: That Day We Sang (BBC); The Dresser (BBC)

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Dashaun YoungSimba

Place of Birth: Buffalo, New York

Training: California State University

Theatre: Aida (Ogunquit Playhouse); Hello Dolly (Stages St. Louis); Hairspray (North American Tour); The Lion King (North American Tour, New York, Vegas, London, South Korea); Sister Act (North American Tour); Motown The Musical (New York); Beautiful The Carole King Musical (New York and North American Tour); Hunchback Of Notre Dame (Papermill Playhouse)

Film: Sex And The City 2

Other: Dashaun is featured on the soundtracks for Sex And The City 2 and Hunchback Of Notre Dame

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Josslynn HlentiNala

Place of birth: Durban, South Africa

Training: UKZN Howard College Campus

Theatre: Annie (Young Performers Project); Frontlines (Tamar Meskint); The Lion King (Australian Tour, Hamburg, International Tour); King Kong (Fugard Theatre)

Television: High School Musical Spotlight South Africa Finalist; South African IDOLS; Three Ships Whiskey

Film: Uthando Lwethu

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Rebecca OmogbehinShenzi

Place of birth: London, England

Training: Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts

Theatre: Julie (National Theatre); Network (National Theatre); The Scar Test (Soho Theatre); House + Amongst The Reeds (Clean Break); Soho Young Playwrights Project (Soho Theatre); Casualty (BBC); How Nigeria Became (Unicorn Theatre); Seesaw (Unicorn Theatre); Crowning Glory (Theatre Royal Stratford East)

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Simon TrinderBanzai

Place of birth: Stockport, Manchester.

Training: Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama

Theatre: The Tempest; Merry Wives The Musical; Arabian Nights; The Giant; The Dog In The Manger; Pedro The Great Pretender; House Of Desires; The Taming Of The Shrew - Clarence Derwent Award winner 2004 and Helen Hayes Award nominee USA; The Tamer Tamed; Cymbeline; Measure For Measure; Birdsong; Visible (all Royal Shakespeare Company) Macbeth (Regents Park) The Oresteia (Home, Manchester); The Tempest (Manchester Royal Exchange); Benjamin Britten’s Midsummer Nights Dream (Hamburg State Opera); The Importance Of Being Earnest (Bristol Old Vic), The Arab Israeli Cookbook (Tricycle Theatre); Tintin; Amazonia (Young Vic/Barbican); Redundant (Royal Court); Peter Pan (Birmingham Rep), A Christmas Carol (Chichester); A Midsummer Nights Dream; The Golden Ass (Shakespeare’s Globe); Buried Alive (Hampstead Theatre) Black and White (Staffordshire New Vic). 

Television: Vera; The Good Karma Hospital; Katy; Ordinary Lies; Wolfblood; Without You; Midwinter Of The Spirit; The Hollow Crown: Richard 2nd;  The Children; Dalziel and Pascoe; Holby City; In Search Of Shakespeare. 

Film: The Duel; In The Dark Half; The Tempest (Royal Shakespeare Company Live from Stratford).

Other: Simon was one of the winners of the BBC Carleton Hobbs radio award in 2000 subsequently spending 6 months as part of the BBC radio repertory company and can be heard regularly in radio drama. He is also a popular practitioner, most recently providing text support on Richard 2nd at Shakespeare’s Globe. Simon teaches all over the world and is the founder and artistic director of the independent boutique drama school, ICAT.

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Alan McHaleEd

Place of Birth: County Mayo, Ireland

Training: Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts

Theatre: The Clockmaker’s Daughter (The Landor Theatre); Lohengrin (Royal Opera House); Best of Irish Rock (Holland Tour); Macbeth (Shakespeare 4 Kidz); Rebel Song  (The Other Palace); Snow White (Dubai); Pirates of Penzance (Edinburgh Fringe); An Evening of Webborn & Finn (St. James Theatre); Babes In The Wood (Brick Lane Music Hall); The Beautiful Game (The Union Theatre); The Boys From Syracuse (The Union Theatre, London)

Other: The Clockmaker’s Daughter Studio Cast Recording

Young Simba

Kieron Bell, Hunter Del Valle Marfo, Joshua Moabi, Benjamin Parker, Theodore Somolu

Young Nala

Minaii Barrowes, Stella Harris, Kanye Muhumuza, Mary-Anne Pity Tiekou, Drew Jada Maite Toussaint

Ensemble

Lwandolwethu Dennis Bam, Khanyisani Beato, Melvin La Blanc, Nigel Brown, Rushand Chambers, Tau-En Chien, Javier Cid, Jorrell Coiffic-Kamall, Tevin Daniel, Tim Driesen, Matthew Elliot-Campbell, Oraine Frater, Daniel Mejia Garcia, Brian Gilligan, Daniel Griffith, Alicia Hayward, Zalika Henry, Caleaf Henson, Cristiane Santos De Jesus, Olivia Jones, Zanele Mazibuko, Jochebel Ohene MacCarthy, Zanele Ndlovu, Buhle Nkomo, Brianna Ogunbawo, Paige Peddie, Tara Price, Charlotte Samaroo Mamido, Bomboko Souchu, Sherry Tay, Francesca Thompson, Connor Pele Williams, Maria Yim, Bukiwe Zinganto
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Julie TaymorDirector, Costume Design, Mask/Puppet Co-Design, Additional Lyrics

Julie won the 1998 Tony® Award for Best Direction of a Musical and for Best Costumes for The Lion King. In 2008, the musical won three Molière Awards including Best Musical and Best Costumes. It also garnered Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Drama League awards for Taymor’s direction, and myriad awards for her original costume, mask and puppet designs. Taymor made her Broadway debut in 1996 with Juan Darién: A Carnival Mask (Lincoln Center’s Vivian Beaumont Theater), nominated for five Tony® Awards. Other theatre work includes The Green Bird (New Victory Theater, La Jolla Playhouse and the Cort Theater on Broadway); Titus Andronicus, The Tempest and The Taming of the Shrew (Theatre for a New Audience); Juan Darién (Music-Theatre Group); co-adapter and director of The Transposed Heads (Lincoln Center and American Music Theatre Festival) and Liberty’s Taken (Castle Hill Festival). For her latest Broadway production, Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark, Taymor served as director and co-book writer. Her recent opera productions include an original opera, Grendel, composed by Elliot Goldenthal (Los Angeles Opera and the Lincoln Center Festival, 2006), which was a finalist for the Pulitzer. Her direction of Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte premiered at the Metropolitan Opera in 2004 and is now in repertoire there. Taymor’s film Across the Universe received a Golden Globe® nomination for Best Musical/Comedy in 2008. Her first film, “Fool’s Fire,” an adaptation of an Edgar Allan Poe short story, aired on PBS in 1992. She directed her first feature, Titus, starring Anthony Hopkins and Jessica Lange, in 1999. Frida, starring Salma Hayek and Alfred Molina, received five Academy Award® nominations and two Oscars® in 2002. Taymor’s latest film is The Tempest, starring Helen Mirren, Djimon Hounsou, Russell Brand and Ben Whishaw. Taymor has received a MacArthur “genius” grant, a Guggenheim Fellowship, two Obie Awards and the first annual Dorothy B. Chandler Award in Theater among many others. A book spanning her career, Julie Taymor: Playing With Fire, is in its third edition from Abrams.

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Elton JohnMusic

The monumental career of international singer/songwriter and performer Elton John has spanned more than three decades. He is one of the top-selling solo artists of all time, with 35 gold and 25 platinum albums and more than 250 million records sold worldwide. The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences has awarded Elton multiple GRAMMYS®, including the GRAMMY® Legend Award.  In the early 1990s, Elton collaborated with lyricist Tim Rice on the soundtrack for The Lion King, winning him an Academy Award®. The album produced two top-selling, award-winning singles: “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” and “Circle of Life.” The Tony® Award-winning Broadway productions of The Lion King and Aidaboth awarded Elton with GRAMMYS® for Best Musical Show Album. Billy Elliot was nominated for a record-tying 15 Tony® Awards and won ten, including Best Musical. Elton was also one of the producers for Next Fall on Broadway. The Union is his latest CD with Leon Russell, produced by T Bone Burnett.  In 1992, Elton established the Elton John AIDS Foundation, which today is one of the leading nonprofit HIV/AIDS organizations. In 1998, the Queen of England knighted him Sir Elton John, CBE. In 2004, Elton received the Kennedy Center Honor for his lifetime contributions to American culture and excellence through the performing arts.

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Tim RiceLyrics

TIM RICE has worked in music, theatre and films since 1965 when he met Andrew Lloyd Webber, a fellow struggling songwriter. Rather than pursue Tim’s ambitions to write rock or pop songs they turned their attention to Andrew’s obsession – musical theatre. Their first collaboration (lyrics by Tim, music by Andrew) was an unsuccessful show based on the life of Dr.Barnardo, the Victorian philanthropist, The Likes Of Us. Their next three works together were much more successful – Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar and Evita. Tim has also worked with other distinguished popular composers such as Elton John (The Lion King, Aida), Alan Menken (Aladdin, King David, Beauty and the Beast), Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson (Chess) and most recently, Stuart Brayson (From Here To Eternity).

He formed his own cricket team in 1973 and was President of the MCC in 2002. He recently wrote and presented a 52-part series for BBC Radio 2, American Pie, a trawl through the music and musicians of every American State. He has won several awards, mainly for the wrong thing or for simply turning up.

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Lebo MAdditional Music & Lyrics, Additional Vocal Score, Vocal Arrangements, Choral Director

Lebo M is known as the “voice and spirit of The Lion King.”  Once a teenage singer in Soweto, the Grammy® Award winner and Tony® nominee’s music brings audiences to tears with hauntingly inspiring African rhythms and melodies. Lebo’s talents have been hailed by the worldwide press in superlatives that might describe the most delightfully poetic of musical deities. Since his arrival in America, Lebo has attracted music industry giants such as Quincy Jones, Jimmy Cliff and Hans Zimmer as mentors, allies and collaborators.  Lebo has performed and produced four albums, Rhythm of the Pride Lands (Disney), Deeper Meaning (Gallo) and The Lion King (Japanese and Hamburg cast recordings). Other credits include The Power of OneBack on the Blockand Listen Up with Quincy Jones; the feature films Outbreak (Warner Bros.), Congo (Warner Bros.) and Born to Be Wild(Paramount); and the Disney television special “People.”  He has performed on the Academy Awards® and the Essence Awards Show, with Vanessa Redgrave at Kthimi-The Return in Kosovo, and been honored by Artists for a Free South Africa.

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Mark MancinaAdditional Music & Lyrics, Music produced for the stage, Additional Score

A Tony® nominee and multi-platinum, three-time GRAMMY® Award-winning composer, he was an obvious choice to produce the music for the stage production of The Lion King, having arranged and produced songs for the blockbuster animated feature film, for which he received both GRAMMY® and American Music awards in 1994. The film also spawned the hit album Rhythm of the Pride Lands, for which Mr Mancina co-wrote, arranged and produced three tracks, including ‘He Lives in You’ and ‘Shadowland,’ which are featured in the stage production. Ranked among the upper echelons of film composers, his credits include mega-hits Training Day, Speed, Twister, Bad Boys, Tarzan® and Brother Bear among many others. Most recent feature films include: August Rush and Shooter.

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Irene MecchiBook

Irene began her association with Disney in March 1992, when she wrote Recycle Rex, an animated short, which won the 1994 Environmental Media Award. Irene is a co-writer of Disney’s animated features The Lion KingThe Hunchback of Notre Dame andHercules. Along with co-author Roger Allers, she received a 1998 Tony® nomination for writing the book for The Lion King. Irene also wrote the teleplay for “Annie,” directed by Rob Marshall. She shares a writing credit on Disney Pixar’s Brave and is currently adapting the Warners’ 1954 film A Star Is Born as a stage musical, as well as developing a project with Lucasfilm.

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Garth FaganChoreographer

Garth Fagan is the recipient of the 1998 Tony® Award for Best Choreography and the 2000 Laurence Olivier Award for Best Theatre Choreographer (London, UK) as well as the Drama Desk Award, the Astaire Award and the Outer Critics Circle Award for his work with The Lion King. Mr. Fagan was born in Kingston, Jamaica, and for more than 33 years has toured the world with Garth Fagan Dance. On television the company has appeared on “Great Performances,” “The Tonight Show” and the Academy Awards®.  Mr. Fagan forged his own dance language and technique, drawing from modern dance, Afro-Caribbean and ballet, and has choreographed for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, Dance Theatre of Harlem, the Jose Limon Company, the New York City Ballet’s 50th Anniversary, and others.  In addition, he choreographed Joseph Papp’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and the Duke Ellington street opera, Queenie Pie at the Kennedy Center. A distinguished university professor at SUNY Brockport, he has received numerous awards and fellowships, including the 2001 Samuel H. Scripps American Dance Festival Award, a Bessie Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Fulbright 50th Anniversary Distinguished Fellow. He has also been inducted into the American Academy of Achievement.

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Richard HudsonScenic Design

Richard Hudson was born in Zimbabwe and educated in Zimbabwe and England. In 1988 he won a Laurence Olivier Award for designing a season of seven plays at the Old Vic Theatre, London. His set designs for The Lion King have won numerous awards, including a Tony® in 1998. He is a Royal Designer for Industry (RDI). In 2003 he won the Gold Medal for Set Design at the Prague Quadriennale, and in 2005 he was given an honorary doctorate by the University of Surrey. He has designed sets and costumes for the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre, the Young Vic and the Gate, London. In opera he has worked at the Royal Opera, English National Opera, La Scala Milan, Metropolitan Opera New York, Opera National de Paris, Lyric Opera Chicago, Staatsoper Vienna, Glyndebourne Festival Opera and in Zurich, Munich, Amsterdam, Venice, Florence, Turin, Bregenz, Houston and Washington.

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Donald HolderLighting Design

Donald received 1998 Tony®, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for The Lion King (Broadway) and the Moliere Award for The Lion King (Paris). Broadway: Golden Boy, Annie, Spiderman-Turn Off the Dark, South Pacific (2008 Tony® Award), Ragtime, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, A Streetcar Named Desire, Gem of the Ocean, Movin’ Out, Juan Darien (all Tony® nominated); Promises, Promises; Arcadia; Come Fly Away; Cyrano de Bergerac; The Little Dog Laughed; Thoroughly Modern Millie; Prelude to a Kiss; The Boy From Oz, many othersOff-Broadway: Blood and Gifts, Happiness, Observe the Sons of Ulster… (Lortel Award), A Man of No Importance, Birdie Blue, Jitney, Saturday Night, Three Days of Rain, Jeffrey, Spunk, many others. Television: “Smash” seasons one and two, NBC/DreamWorks.

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Michael CurryMask and Puppet Co-designer

Michael works widely as a visual and concept designer for numerous companies such as Cirque du Soleil, the Metropolitan Opera, London’s Royal National Theatre, Disney Theatrical Productions and Universal Pictures. He collaborates regularly with directors such as Robert Lepage, Nicholas Hytner, Julie Taymor and William Friedken. Mr. Curry has received many prestigious awards including several awards for his work on Broadway, Olympic ceremonies and his continued innovations in the fields of visual effects and puppetry design. His design and production studios are located in Scappoose, Oregon. Current projects include scenic design for The Makropulos Case conducted by Maestro Zubin Mehta for the Teatro del Maggio Musicale in Florence, Italy, which premiered on October 11, 2011, and Tales of Hoffman at the Theater an der Wein in Vienna, Austria, that premiered on March 19, 2012.

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Michael WardHair and Makeup Design

Michael Ward designs for opera and theatre. For Disney: The Lion King (Broadway and others) and Der Glöckner von Notre Dame (Berlin). Other work has been seen in Britain, the United States, Holland, France, Japan, Israel and Portugal. Along with his design work in theatre, he works as a garden and landscape designer.

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Steve Canyon KennedySound Design

Steve Canyon Kennedy was the production engineer on such Broadway shows as Cats, Starlight Express, Song & Dance, The Phantom of the Opera, Carrie and Aspects of Love.

His Broadway sound design credits include Catch Me If You Can, (Tony Nomination) Guys and Dolls, Mary Poppins, The Lion King, Jersey Boys (Drama Desk Award), Billy Crystal’s 700 Sundays, Hairspray, The Producers, Aida, Titanic, Big, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Carousel and The Who’s Tommy (Drama Desk Award).

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Anthony LynAssociate Director

Anthony was born in Swansea South Wales and trained at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama. Has worked as an actor, director, teacher and associate director. London theatre credits include Anything Goes, Miss Saigon, Les Miserables, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Damn Yankees and Disney’s The Lion King. Broadway production credits include Disney’s The Lion King, Miss Saigon, Mary Poppins and Les Miserables. Touring and global production credits include Mary Poppins (US National tours, Vienna, Mexico City), Les Miserables (US National tour, Toronto). Anthony is currently the Associate Director for global productions of The Lion King, on which he has worked since 1999, and Saturday Night Fever & Masquerade for Jean Ann Ryan Productions globally. TV credits include the Tony Awards, An American Celebration, Dancing with the Stars, The Late Show with David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien, the Royal Variety Performance and the 2013 Oscars. Has taught at the Royal Academy of Music London, The Actors’ Centre and Duke University in the US and was made an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College in July 2018.

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Marey GriffithAssociate Choreographer

A native New Yorker, Miss Griffith toured worldwide with the acclaimed Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater as a featured dancer/soloist for 8 years. She is most known for her performances in the works of the late, world renowned choreographer Ulysses Dove. Other guest appearances include Déjà vu Dance Theatre, and the Spoleto festival in Italy. She worked as co-choreographer on the star studded production of The Wizard of Oz in concert at Avery Fisher Hall with Nathan Lane, Joel Grey, Jewel and Natalie Cole. Miss Griffith has appeared in numerous commercials and voice-overs. Her soap opera credits include As the World Turns and Another World. She has also performed with Sight and Sound Theatre in Lancaster, PA. Miss Griffith joined the creative team of The Lion King in August of 2000. She feels privileged to work with choreographer Garth Fagan.

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Clement IshmaelMusical Supervisor

Clement is a conductor, composer and arranger. He is a graduate of the University of Toronto and Royal Conservatory of Music, where he specialised in composition and conducting as well as singing with Joyce Britten. Conducting credits include Abbey Players Opera Company, Ad Astra Chorus, Addison Jazz Ensemble and West London Gospel Choir. He also conducted the new ballet Awakening at Sadlers Wells. West End credits include: Five Guys Named Moe, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Smokey Joe’s Café, and Soul Train. He has also directed and arranged the music for numerous shows which include: Sweet Lorraine, Up Against the Wall, The Amen Corner, The Grape Vine, The Cavalcaders and most recently Gem of the Ocean at the Tricycle Theatre. His classical compositions and arrangements have been performed worldwide as well as being broadcast by BBC Television and Radio. His opera Grazyna was performed at the Royal Opera House’s Linbury Studio and his most recent commission, for the London Piano Trio was performed at Cadogan Hall in 2008.

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Hans ZimmerAdditional Music and Lyrics

Hans Zimmer received the Oscar®, Golden Globe® and two Grammy® awards for his original film score for the film version of The Lion King. He started his film scoring career with My Beautiful Laundrette in 1985, and his other credits include six Oscar-nominated film scores, among them GladiatorThe Thin Red LineAs Good as It Gets and Rain Man. Additional credits include the Grammy-winning score for Crimson TideDriving Miss DaisyThelma and Louise, Black Hawk Down and The Last Samurai starring Tom Cruise. Mr. Zimmer also heads the film music division for DreamWorks SKG studios.

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Chris MontanExecutive Music Producer

Chris Montan joined Disney in 1984 and is currently president of Walt Disney Music. Under his guidance as head of music, soundtracks from nine theatrical releases (CocktailBeaches, The Little Mermaid, Pretty WomanBeauty and the Beast,AladdinThe Lion KingPocahontas and Tarzan) were certified multi-platinum. Additionally, the studio received numerous GRAMMY® and Golden Globe honors along with thirteen Academy Awards® for its music entries. Most recently he served as executive producer of the Wonderful World of Disney’s production of Annie, as well as producer with the television production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, which was nominated for seven Emmy® Awards.

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Jay RifkinAdditional Music and Lyrics

The Grammy Award®-winning producer, together with producing and composing partner Hans Zimmer, created Media Ventures, a multifaceted entertainment group that includes music, new media, film and television. Their partnership has earned them numerous awards and nominations, including Academy Award® nominations, for the film scores ofDriving Miss DaisyRain Man and The Lion King. Following the success of The Lion King, Jay conceived and produced the gold-selling follow-up album Rhythm of the Pride Lands. He is also chairman of Media Revolution and a founder of the film production company Media Ventures Pictures

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Robert ElhaiAssociate Producer and Orchestrator

Tony® and Drama Desk nominee Robert Elhai has orchestrated many concert, theatre and film scores for composers Elliot Goldenthal (Juan Darien, Final Fantasy) and Michael Kamen (Don Juan de Marco, X-Men), among others. His arrangements for Metallica’s GRAMMY® Award-winning “S&M” made good use of his doctorate in composition from Yale University.

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David MetzgerOrchestrator

David Metzger has orchestrated many films, including the Disney animated film TarzanTraining DayDomestic Disturbance,Bait and Return to Paradise. His television work includes composing episodes of “The Magnificent Seven” and Disney’s “The Legend of Tarzan” and five years as an arranger/composer for “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.” David was nominated for Tony® and Drama Desk awards for The Lion King.

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Bruce FowlerOrchestrator

Bruce Fowler is an accomplished trombonist who has played with such notables as Woody Herman, Buddy Rich, Frank Zappa, Toshiko Akiyoshi and Don Van Vliet. He performs with his family’s band, The Fowler Brothers (there are five Fowlers); his own band, The Enormous Bones; and Banned from Utopia. Bruce was the supervising orchestrator for Pearl Harbor (he also composed the big band numbers), ShrekAs Good as It GetsBlack Hawk Down and Hans Zimmer’s Academy Award®-winning The Lion King movie score

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Jill GreenCasting

Jill is a full member of The Casting Directors’ Guild of Great Britain and Ireland.

Theatre includes: Dear Evan Hansen (2019); War Horse (2015-2020); The Curious

Incident of the Dog In The Night-Time (2015-2019); Touching The Void (Bristol Old Vic & Tour); Disney’s Aladdin (Prince Edward); Kinky Boots (Adelphi /UK & Ireland Tour); Jersey Boys (Prince Edward/Piccadilly/UK & Ireland Tours 2007-2019); Young Frankenstein (Garrick); Beautiful - The Carole King Musical (Aldwych/UK & Ireland Tour); Lazarus (Kings Cross Theatre); The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe (West Yorkshire Playhouse); Jane Eyre (UK Tour 2017/National Theatre); La Strada (UK Tour 2017); Show Boat (New London/Crucible Theatre Sheffield); The Scottsboro Boys (UK Casting, Garrick/Young Vic); The Lion King (International Touring Production); The Producers (Theatre Royal Drury Lane/UK Tours); Fosse (Prince Of Wales).

Recent Workshops include: Roman Holiday (London Workshop); What’s New Pussycat (London Workshop); Famous Five (London Workshop); The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe (London Workshop); Becoming Nancy (London Workshops); Pink Floyd’s The Wall (London Workshops 2 and 3).

Feature Films include: Paddington 2 ‘Rain On The Roof’ cast (Dancers); Beyond The Sea (UK dancers).

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Jo HawesChildrens Casting

Jo Hawes trained at LAMDA and started her career at the Theatre Royal Windsor in Stage Management. In London she was part of the SM team for ANNIE, THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE, ON YOUR TOES and LA CAGES AUX FOLLES. Following several years as a theatrical PA she became the Children’s Casting Director for OLIVER! at the London Palladium in 1995. Many wonderful shows have followed. Current and forthcoming productions include LES MISERABLES in London and on tour, MISS SAIGON UK TOUR, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, THE LION KING TOUR and MARY POPPINS

Jo gives Masterclasses in the Art of Auditioning to children and young people from 7 years old. She also runs very successful Performing Arts Courses in which the young performers take part in musical numbers but also learn other skills such as make up, puppetry, flying, mime, photography and making and working with props.

Her book CHILDREN IN THEATRE is a useful handbook for parents, children and industry professionals.

Jo is married to a musician, has children who are all involved in the industry and lives in Berkshire.

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Disney Theatrical ProductionsProducer

DISNEY THEATRICAL PRODUCTIONS, a division of The Walt Disney Studios, was formed in 1994 and operates under the direction of Thomas Schumacher. Worldwide, its 10 Broadway titles have been seen by over 160 million theatergoers and have been nominated for 62 Tony® Awards, winning Broadway’s highest honour 20 times. With more than 20 productions currently produced or licensed, a Disney musical is being performed professionally somewhere on the planet virtually every hour of the day. The company’s inaugural production, Beauty and the Beast, opened in 1994. It played a remarkable 13 year run on Broadway and has been produced in 37 countries worldwide.

In November 1997, Disney opened The Lion King, which received six 1998 Tony Awards including Best Musical. After 21 landmark years on Broadway, it haswelcomed more than 95 million visitorsworldwide to date, and can currently be seen in 9 productions worldwide. Having played 20 countries on everycontinent except Antarctica, The Lion King’s worldwide gross exceeds that of any film, Broadway show or other entertainmenttitle in box office history. Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida opened on Broadway next, winning four 2000 Tony Awards. It was followed by Mary Poppins, a co-productionwith CameronMackintosh, which opened in London in 2004 and went on to enjoy a six year Tony-winning Broadway run. Tarzan®, which opened on Broadway in 2006, went on to become an international hit with an awardwinning production enjoying a 10-year run in Germany.

In January 2008, The Little Mermaid opened on Broadway and was the #1-selling new musical of that year.

Disney Theatrical Productions opened two critically acclaimed productionson Broadway in 2012, receiving seven Tony Awards between them: Peter and theStarcatcher and Newsies, each of which enjoyed a twoyear run with the latter launching a two-year NorthAmerican tour and a record-breaking Fathom Events’ in-cinema release. Aladdin, Disney Theatrical’s 2014 hit, continues selling out on Broadway and has launched five additional productions around the globe and has been seen by more than 10 million guests. Its newest hit, the 2018 Tony-nominated Best Musical Frozen, continues setting records in its Broadway run with future productions set to open in Australia, London, Germany and on tour across North America. Other successful stage ventures have included the Olivier-nominated London hit Shakespeare in Love, stage productions of Disney’s High School Musical, Der Glöckner Von Notre Dame in Berlin, and King David in concert. DTP has collaborated with the country’s leading regional theatresto develop new stage musicals including The Jungle Book, The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Freaky Friday.

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