George AspreyScar

Place of Birth: London, England

Training: LAMDA

Theatre: Chicago (UK tour); They’re Playing Our Song and Private Lives (EnglishTheatre, Frankfurt); A View From the Bridge (Leicester Haymarket); The Good Companions (Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich); Dick Barton (Warehouse, Croydon); Pride and Prejudice (Good Company); The Sound of Music (Sadler’s Wells and UK tour); Scrooge and Guys and Dolls (Birmingham Rep Theatre)

Television: The Crown (Netflix), New Tricks, Waking the Dead, The Bill, Gil Mayo, Molly, Riot at Rite, A Life in Pictures, The Dying of the Light, Holby City, Trial & Retribution II and III, Secrets and Lines, Nancherrow, Supply and Demand II, Coming Home, An Independent Man, The Peter Principle, A Breed of Heroes, Psychoville

Film: The Greatest Game Ever Played, AKA, Something Borrowed, Dead in the Water, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein

Shaun EscofferyMufasa

Place of Birth: East London, England

Training: Barking College of Performing Arts

Theatre: Parade, 2008 Olivier Award nomination (Donmar Warehouse); Les Misérables (Queen’s Theatre); Mama, I Want to Sing! (Cambridge Theatre); The Who’s Tommy (Shaftesbury Theatre); Smokey Joe’s Cafe (Prince of Wales Theatre)

Concerts: Shaun has performed all over the world and supported major artists such as Beverley Knight, Angie Stone, Mica Paris and Erykah Badu. He sang the national anthem for Lennox Lewis who was defending his heavyweight title against Mike Tyson.

Other: Shaun has signed major recording contracts with Sony Music and EMI Music and produced four critically acclaimed albums, entitled: Shaun Escoffery, Soulonica, Move Into Soul and Evergreen, which had worldwide releases. In 2014, Shaun released his album In The Red Room (Dome Records), which was awarded Radio 2’s Album of the Week. The first single from the album, “Nature’s Call”, entered the UK Airplay Top 30. In 2016 Shaun released a new album titled Evergreen which featured Joss Stone among others. In addition to this, Shaun has performed at Radio 2 Live in Hyde Park, Royal Festival Hall with Burt Bacharach, Jools Holland, The Big Sing On Songs Of Praise, Battle Of Britain and Children in Need at The Royal Albert Hall.

Gugwana DlaminiRafiki

Place of Birth: Durban, South Africa

Training: Committed Artists Academy

Theatre: Sarafina, Township Fever, Unity in Diversity (South Africa), The Lion King (London, UK Tour, Singapore, USA)

Television: Generations The Legacy (South Africa)

Other: Gugwana can be heard on the original Disney movie soundtracks of The Lion King and Dinosaur. She also appeared in Sarafina the Movie and performed with Lucky Dube, Vusi Mahlasela, Bayete, Sankomota and Victor Ntoni. Gugwana was also heard in the BBC Radio play: 'Dear Mr Lampard', together with various South African artists.

Gary JordanZazu

Place of Birth: Southampton, England

Training: Guildford School of Acting

Theatre: Grease (Victoria Palace); Anyone Can Whistle (Savoy); High Society (UK tour); Avenue Q (Theatre Royal, Windsor); A Class Act (Landor); Half A Sixpence (P&O Cruises); Fame (Silja line, Finland) Playdays Live (UK tour); Annie (Shanklin Theatre); West Side Story (Greenwich Theatre); Singin’ In The Rain (Shanklin Theatre); Buddy (P&O Cruises); Sweeney Todd (Yvonne Arnaud Theatre); Cinderella (Bournemouth Pavillion); Jack and the Beanstalk (Porthcawl Pavilion)

Television: ZingZillas

Other: Gary is also a pianist and musical director, he has worked with many drama schools and cabarets in and around London.

Ben HeathcoteTimon

Place of Birth: Lytham St Annes, England

Training: Blackpool & Fylde College of Performing Arts

Theatre: Thank You for the Music (UK tour); The Beautiful Game (Cambridge Theatre); Electric Lipstick (UK tour); Fame (UK tour); Return to the Forbidden Planet (Lincoln Theatre); Only You Can Save Mankind (Edinburgh Festival); Carnival Messiah (Trinidad); Drive Ride Walk (Greenwich Theatre); Mamma Mia! (Prince of Wales Theatre); The Three Musketeers (The Rose Theatre, Kingston); Tonight’s the Night (UK tour)

Television: Truckers; Way To Go; Sex and the Chippy; Peak Practice

Film: Mary Poppins Returns

Keith BookmanPumbaa

Place of Birth: Salford, England

Training: Central School of Speech and Drama

Theatre: Tonight’s the Night; The Beautiful Game; Les Misérables (Queen’s Theatre and UK tour); Don Quixote; The Man Who Planted Trees (UK tour); An Irishman’s Idea of Heaven (Old Red Lion, London)

Television: Taking Issue; Billy’s Story; Harry; EI Cid; Eldorado; Near Misses; The Bill; Casualty; EastEnders; Coronation Street

Film: Letters From the East; The Ogre

Other: Keith has worked extensively in Spanish TV, film and theatre.

Nick AfoaSimba

Place of Birth: Auckland, New Zealand

Training: Auckland University of Technology, Kings College Auckland New Zealand

Theatre: The Lion King (Australian tour)

Other: Before beginning a career in musical theatre, Nick was a New Zealand Rugby representative during his teenage years and a member of the under 19’s World Cup winning-team in 2005. He has also performed the national anthem prior to the All Blacks test matches.

The Lion King marks Nick’s West End debut.

Janique CharlesNala

Place of Birth: Trinidad & Tobago

Theatre: The Lion King (UK tour)

The Lion King marks Janique’s West End debut.

Meloné M’kenzyShenzi

Place of Birth: Manchester, England

Training: Middlesex University

Theatre: Aladdin (New Wimbledon Theatre); Stomp (Ambassadors Theatre & World tour); Dick Whittington (Belgrade Theatre, Coventry); How Lion Became King of Tinga Tinga (UK tour); Back to Bacharach- Magic Moments (UK tour)

Television: Live at the London Palladium; The Box; The Big Breakfast; Fully Booked; Viva Europe; London Tonight; Alan Carr: Chatty Man. Meloné also made a television appearance in the Olympic Closing Ceremony as part of a STOMP performance.

Other: Meloné has signed recording contracts with Chrysalis Records and Sony Music under the stage name Martay. Her debut single ‘Gimme All Your Lovin’ featured ZZ Top and entered the top 30 in the UK charts and Germany. Meloné has also featured as a solo artist for The Rebel MC; The Urban Cookie Collective; Mike Oldfield; Erroll Brown and Yasir Aktar.

Meloné has provided backing vocals for Heather Smalls, Kim Wilde, Dina Carroll, Matt Henry, Foxes and Etienne Daho; has penned songs for Girls Aloud member Sarah Harding and Leah Weller and co-written songs with Matt Henry. Meloné is the original vocalist and lyricist for all-female music collective High On Heels.

David BlakeBanzai

Place of Birth: St Andrew, Jamaica

Training: Cathy Levy Performing Arts Academy, California State University

Theatre: The Nutcracker (California); Jesus 2000 (US tour)

Television: Los Angeles Holiday Concert (PBS); Live at the Ford (KCET); Royal Palm Estate (CVM)

Film: Ascension Day; Dreamgirls

Other: David was a principle dancer with the National Dance Theatre of Jamaica, he also performed with various dance companies in California. David holds a BA in Marketing from the California State University and a Professional Dance Teaching Licentiate from IDTA.

Barnaby ThompsonEd

Place of Birth: Blackpool, England

Training: Laine Theatre Arts

Theatre: Follies (National Theatre); On The Town (Regent’s Park); Chicago (Marina Bay Sands Theatre, Singapore);  42nd Street (Theatre du Chatelet, Paris); Jesus Christ Superstar (Regent’s Park); Jekyll & Hyde (Old Vic); Elf The Musical (Dominion Theatre); Oklahoma (UK tour); Wizard Of Oz (Madinat Theatre, Dubai); Cats (Internatonal tour); Legally Blonde (UK tour); The Band Wagon (Sadler’s Wells); Me And My Girl (Sheffield Crucible); Candide (Hyogo, Japan); The Music Man (Chichester Festival Theatre); Peter Pan (Birmingham REP); Chicago (Cambridge Theatre); Mary Poppins (Prince Edward); Mamma Mia! (International tour);  Anything Goes (Theatre Royal, Drury Lane); We Will Rock You (Dominion Theatre); Grease (UK tour)

Television: The Slammer; The IT Crowd

Film: Beyond The Sea

Zion GardnerYoung Simba

Place of Birth: London, England

Training: AkomaAsa Performing Arts School; The Lion King Cub School

Theatre: Kinky Boots (West End)

Other: Zion appeared in a The Big Moon music video for the song 'Happy New Year'

Tia MurrellYoung Nala

Place of Birth: London, England

Training: Italia Conti Associates; JAM2000 Performing Arts

Theatre: Oliver!, Bugsy Malone (Watersmeet Theatre, Rickmansworth)

Television: Comic Relief 2017; River; The Tunnel; Call The Midwife; McDonald's Christmas commercial; Ben 10 Cartoon Network promo; Sainsbury's commercial; Morrisons commercial

Other: Snazaroo online commercial; Sainsbury's online commercial

Samuel O’LoughlinYoung Simba

Place of Birth: London, England

Training: Colins Performing Arts; KA Arts; The Lion King Cub School

Television: Call the Midwife

Other: Samuel has appeared in television commercials for Asda, Ferrero Kinder and Currys PC World

The Lion King marks Samuel’s West End debut.

Kai Plummer-WalrondYoung Simba

Place of Birth: London, England

Training: Italia Conti Associates; JAM2000 Performing Arts

Theatre: Oliver!, Bugsy Malone (Watersmeet Theatre, Rickmansworth)

Television: Comic Relief 2017; River; The Tunnel; Call The Midwife; McDonald's Christmas commercial; Ben 10 Cartoon Network promo; Sainsbury's commercial; Morrisons commercial

Other: Snazaroo online commercial; Sainsbury's online commercial

Nia-May TaylorYoung Nala

Place of Birth: London, England

Training: The Lion King Cub School; AkomaAsa Performing Arts Academy; Catherine Gill School of Ballet (Royal Academy of Dance; Kentish Suzuki Group

The Lion King marks Nia-May’s West End debut.

Avive Savannah WilliamsYoung Nala

Place of Birth: London, England

Training: AkomaAsa Performing Arts; The Lion King Cub School

The Lion King marks Avive’s West End debut.

Monaé WilsonYoung Nala

Place of Birth: London, England

Training: The Lion King Cub School

The Lion King marks Monaé’s West End debut.

Hugo Max WoodhouseYoung Simba

Place of Birth: London, England

Training: The Lion King Cub School; Royal Opera House Youth Company

The Lion King marks Hugo’s West End debut.

Owen ChapondaEnsemble

Place of Birth: Malawi, Africa

Training: The Brit School; Bird College of Dance, Music and Theatre Performance

Theatre: Oedipus (Studio House Theatre, Sidcup); The Wedding Singer (Studio House Theatre, Sidcup); Othello (Shakespeare Schools Festival)

Television: X Factor

The Lion King marks Owen’s West End debut.

Deborah DadaEnsemble

Place of Birth: London, England

Training: Identity Drama School

Theatre: Thriller Live (Lyric Theatre)

Television: Undercover

Azola DlaminiEnsemble

Place of Birth: Durban, South Africa

Training: Mbongeni Ngema’s Academy

Theatre: The Lion King (Circustheatre, Holland); The Zulu, Simuka Nandklankle; Joyous Celebration 7 and 8 (all South Africa)

Television: Performance Gospel Gold; Glory Hallalluya; Take 5; Felicia Mabuza Suttle Shok

Video: Smuka Nandwendwe; Mr Bones

Other: Performed at Umlazi Stadium with Mbongeni Ngema; backing vocalist for Jabu Hlongwane, Vuyo Mokoena, Suq Angel, Sharon Dee and Musa Njoko.

The Lion King marks Azola’s West End debut.

Samuel EdwardsSwing

Place of Birth: West Bromwich, England

Training: Sylvia Young Theatre School; Tring Park School of Performing Arts

Theatre: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (London Palladium); Oliver! (Theatre Royal, Drury Lane); Motown (Shaftesbury Theatre)

Television: Which is Witch; Threesome; Waking the Dead 

Radio: Bridge to the Wounded Heart

Kevin FullinckSwing

Place of Birth: Groningen, The Netherlands

Training: Artist of music at KTM Noorderpoortcollege

Theatre: The Lion King (Circustheater, The Netherlands)

Television: The Voice of Holland

The Lion King marks Kevin’s West End debut.

Debôrah GodchaserSwing

Place of Birth: London, England

Training: Bird College of Dance, Music & Theatre Performance, Keneish Dance, Kingdom Drama School

Theatre: Bring It On (Studio Theatre, Sidcup); Hello Dolly (Studio Theatre, Sidcup); Seasons

(The Orchard Theatre, Dartford) Cirque (The Orchard Theatre, Dartford)

Television: Queen’s 60th Coronation Festival Gala 2013

Other: Debôrah has also assisted and choreographed for One Youth

The Lion King marks Debôrah’s West End debut.

Kuan FryeSwing

Place of Birth: London, England
Training: Sylvia Young Theatre School
Theatre: Thriller Live! (Lyric & Dominion Theatres); Caroline, or Change (National Theatre); The Lion King (Lyceum Theatre); Oliver! (Theatre Royal, Drury Lane); Matilda the Musical (RSC’s The Courtyard Theatre).
Television: Episodes, 3rd & Bird, Britain’s Got Talent
Radio: Kizzy
Other: Kuan makes a welcome return to The Lion King having been part of the 2007 London Company.

Jamie GoldingStandby Timon, Zazu & Pumbaa

Place of Birth: Essex, England

Theatre: Guys and Dolls (Kilworth House, Leicester); Kern Goes to Hollywood (King’s Head); Starlight Express (London, Germany and NewZealand tour); The Best of Times (Bridewell Theatreand Vaudeville Theatre); The Beautiful Game (SydmontonFestival and CambridgeTheatre); Alice in Wonderland (RSC, Barbican and Stratford-upon-Avon); Urinetown (London workshop); The Canterville Ghost (UKtour); Sweeney Todd (Theatr Clwyd); Les Misérables (Palace Theatre)

Television: Grange Hill (BBC); Dodgem (BBC); The Ghostbusters of East Finchley (BBC); The Bill (ITV); The Southbank Show - The Beautiful Game (ITV)

Other: Jamie featured on the original cast album of The Beautiful Game as well as Rusty on the 15th anniversaryrecording of Starlight Express in Germany.

Sandile GontsanaEnsemble

Place of birth: Cape Town, South Africa

Training: College of Music University of Cape Town

Theatre: The Lion King (Australian tour)

The Lion King marks Sandile’s West End debut.

Makoto IsoEnsemble

Place of birth: Japan

Training: Central School of Ballet and The Hastings Stage Studio

Theatre: King and I (Leicester Curve and UK tour), Hello Dolly (Leicester Curve)

Television: The X Factor, The Brit Awards, Lenny Henry Show

Film: About Time Music Video; White Lies; There Goes Our Love Again

Other: Makoto has also appeared in commercials for Benetton, Sony, 48 Months Go Conquer, Comedy Central, Heineken and MTV.

The Lion King marks Makoto’s West End debut.

Wilson KiiruEnsemble

Place of birth: London, England

Training: The Urdang Academy

Theatre: Motown the Musical (Shaftesbury Theatre)

Tramaine LamySwing

Place of Birth: Trinidad, West Indies

Training: University of the West Indies

Theatre: Crazy For You; Fiddler on the Roof; Disney’s Beauty and the Beast; The Sound of Music; Aida; Steel; An Evening of August

Television: Carnival Taste (CNMG)

Other: Tramaine was a performer with Disney Cruise Line for two years before making her West End debut in The Lion King. Tramaine was awarded the 2009 Cacique award for best female performer in a musical for her performance in Beauty and the Beast.

Lamoi LeonEnsemble

Place of Birth: St.Thomas, US Virgin Islands

Training: Dekalb School Of The Arts

Radio: Focus VI (WSTA)

The Lion King marks Lamoi’s West End debut.

Francisco LinsSwing

Place of Birth: Recife, Brazil

Training: São Jose do Rio Preto Ballet, Criart Popular Culture, Centro de Danca Jaime Arôxa (Ballroom)

Theatre: Viva Brazil (German tour)

Other: P&O’s Pride of Bilbao Legends; TUI Cruises Island Escape - Magic of the Musicals.
The Lion King marks Francisco’s West End debut.

Stephanie Tsz Maan LoEnsemble

Place of Birth: Hong Kong, China

Training: Northern Ballet School

Television: Fired by Mum and Dad (MTV)

The Lion King marks Stephanie’s West End debut.

Nathan Louis-FernandSwing

Place of Birth: London, England

Training: Sylvia Young Theatre School; The Urdang Academy

Theatre: Oliver! (Theatre Royal Drury Lane); Man In The Mirror (UK tour); Carousel (Barbican); Sleeping Beauty (Hackney Empire)

Other: Nathan has trained in karate and is the proud holder of a black belt.

Nonhlanhla MakhathiniSwing

Place of Birth: Johannesburg, South Africa

Training: Ballet Theatre Afrikan; National School of the Arts; Tshwane University of Technology

Theatre: Cinderella (B.T.A National Tour); Coppelia, Swan Lake & Les Rendezvous (Breytenbach Theatre SA); The Lion King (South Africa, Taiwan, UK tour)

The Lion King marks Nonhlanhla’s West End debut.

Sadia McEwenSarabi / Ensemble

Place of Birth: London, England

Training: Westminster Kingsway College

Theatre: The Soul Legends (UK tour); The Magic Of Motown (UK tour)

Other: Sadia has also performed on various cruise liners including Holland America, Celebrity Equinox, Royal Caribbean, MSC, Saga and P&O.

The Lion King marks Sadia’s West End debut.

Mark McGeeStandby Scar, Timon & Zazu

Place of Birth: Birmingham, England

Training: Birmingham Conservatoire for Voice

Theatre: Jekyll & Hyde (UK tour); Much Ado About Nothing (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre); Shout! (UK tour); The Black & White Ball (King’s Head Theatre, London); Desperately Seeking Susan (Novello Theatre); Babes in Arms (Chichester Festival Theatre); Alice in Wonderland (Birmingham Repertory Theatre and West Yorkshire Playhouse); The Bat (New Vic Theatre, Stoke); Debbie Does Dallas (Old Fire Station, Oxford); Return to the Forbidden Planet (Theatre Royal, Lincoln); Thoroughly Modern Millie (Shaftesbury Theatre); Three Sides (New York Musical Theatre Festival); West Side Story (Leicester Haymarket Theatre); Taboo (The Venue); Starlight Express (Apollo Victoria Theatre); Whistle Down the Wind (Aldwych Theatre); Saturday Night Fever (London Palladium and Scandinavian tour); Les Misérables (UK tour); Summer Holiday (Hammersmith Apollo and UK tour) and Mark and Mabel (Piccadilly Theatre)

Television: Mollie; Casualty

Phumlani MkhizeEnsemble

Place of Birth: Durban, South Africa

Training: Storey Productions

Theatre: Mighty Zulu Nation (Durban Playhouse); Native Blues (Catalina Theatre); The Lion King(Johannesburg, Taipei and Las Vegas)

Television: Dancing With the Stars

The Lion King marks Phumlani’s West End debut.

Keitumetse MoleaEnsemble

Place of Birth: Pretoria, South Africa

Training: Dramatic Art, University of Pretoria

TheatreThe Lion King (Shanghai), Benjamin Walt Musical (Kopanong)

TelevisionThe X Factor (South Africa)

Other: UP Ovuwa cultural ensemble tour USA, 2014

The Lion King marks Keitumetse’s West End debut.

Daniel MonteiroEnsemble

Place of Birth: Osasco, Brazil

Training: Clayds Zwing Dance Studio, Teen Broadway

Theatre: The Producers; Beauty and the Beast; Cats; Cabaret; The Drowsy Chaperone (all Brazil); The Lion King (Brazil, Switzerland and UK tour)

The Lion King marks Daniel’s West End debut.

Ayden MorganEnsemble

Place of Birth: Wolverhampton

Training: The Urdang Academy

Theatre: Andrew Lloyd Webber Gala (German tour)

Television: Saturday Night Fever 40th Anniversary

Other: Ayden was the winner of the Carl Alan Performers’ Award 2017

The Lion King marks Ayden’s West End debut.

Rutendo MushongaEnsemble

Place of Birth: Harare, Zimbabwe

Training: Tiffany Theatre College

Television: Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway

The Lion King marks Rutendo’s West End debut.

Crystal NichollsEnsemble

Place of Birth: Barbados

Training: Ryerson University; The Ailey School Summer Intensive

Theatre: Sacra Conversazione, Intricate Freedom, Encounters, Sueno Habana (Ryerson Theatre).

Other: Crystal has performed on Princess Cruises.

The Lion King marks Crystal’s West End debut.

Nosipho NkonqaSwing

Place of Birth: Cape Town, South Africa

Training: Cape Town Chorus Training Programme and Wendy Fine singing studio

Theatre: The Lion King (Holland, South Africa, Taiwan, Singapore and UK tour)

The Lion King marks Nosipho’s West End debut.

Darcel OseiSwing

Place of Birth: Kingstown, Saint Vincent

Training: York University, Canada; Ailey School Summer Intensive, US; Jacob’s Pillow School

Film: Baiana (Bravo Facts)

Other: Ballet Creole Dance Company (Toronto); Kashedance Dance Company (Toronto).

The Lion King marks Darcel’s West End debut.

Dominique PlanterSwing

Place of Birth: Bristol, England

Training: The Arts University Bournemouth, Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts

Theatre: Godspell in Concert (UK tour); Our House (New Wolsey and UK tour)

The Lion King marks Dominique’s West End debut.

Luciano Santos SouzaEnsemble

Place of Birth: Bahia, Brazil

Training: School Balé Folclorico da Bahia, Cultural Foundation School

Theatre: Balé Folclórico da Bahia (Theatre Miguel Santana); The Lion King (Shanghai, San Paulo, Paris)

The Lion King marks Luciano’s West End debut.

Poseletso Sejosingoe-MandelaEnsemble

Place of Birth: Cape Town, South Africa

Training: Isango Portobello

Theatre: Magic Flute, A Christmas Carol, Mysteries, Scrooge (International tours)

Television: Chandies (Mzantsi Magic); Forced Love (SABC1); Traffic (ETV)

Film: Ingoma “The Song”

Other: Poseletso was a runner up on the South African Pop Idol.

The Lion King marks Poseletso‘s West End debut.

Shannon TaiwoEnsemble

Place of Birth: Kent, England

Training: London School of Musical Theatre

The Lion King marks Shannon’s West End debut.

Matthieu VinetotEnsemble

Place of Birth: Paris, France

Training: Le Centre Des Arts Vivants (Paris)

Theatre: Aida (France National Stadium), Chicago (Germany tour), Jesus Christ Superstar (Arena tour), Ghost (UK tour)

The Lion King marks Matthieu’s West End debut.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

John StefaniukAssociate Director

A native of Toronto, Canada, and alum of the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. Upon leaving John worked as an actor and voice over artist worldwide including being the voice of Cartoon Network. He has directed, taught and guest lectured for many theatre schools and colleges in Toronto, New York, and London including the Royal Academy of Music, Sylvia Young Theatre School, and Duke University. For three years John was the Artistic Director for Stagedoor Manor in New York directing numerous productions with such stars as Natalie Portman and Bryce Howard. John worked as Resident Director for Cameron Macintosh and JAR Productions on Hey Mr. Producer! Amongst John’s TV credits include Dancing with the Stars, The TONY Awards, The Queens Diamond Jubilee Celebration and America Celebrates, in the presence of The President and First Lady. John has also appeared on The View in a segment directing Whoopi Goldberg and in the Biography Channel’s Portrait of Natalie Portman.  He is currently Associate Director for all 10 Productions of Disney’s The Lion King and is delighted to be working with such a talented company.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

Pippa AilionCasting

Pippa has cast over 160 productions internationally. She was Resident Associate Director casting three seasons of European Classics for Jonathan Miller at The Old Vic between 1987 and 1991. Current West End: Funny GirlMotown, Guys and Dolls, Sunny Afternoon, Bend It Like Beckham, Charlie & The Chocolate Factory, The Book Of Mormon, Wicked, Billy Elliot and UK tour. Recent West End/other: Lord of the Flies (Regents’ Park and UK tour) Gypsy, Memphis, Billy Elliot, Top Hat (UK tour) The Rise and Fall of Little Voice (WYP/ Birmingham Rep), Here Lies Love (Dorfman), The Pajama Game, Far Away (Young Vic) We Will Rock You, From Here To Eternity, American Psycho (Almeida), Sweeney Todd, Oh! What a Lovely War (Stratford East and UK tour), Legally Blonde, Fela (NT, Broadway and US tour), The Fairy Queen(Glyndebourne, Paris, New York), Million Dollar Quartet, Waiting for Godot, Decade, Spring Awakening, Marguerite, The Drowsy Chaperone. For Chichester: Gypsy, The Pajama Game, Sweeney Todd, Kiss Me Kate (and Old Vic) Love Story (and Duchess) The Magistrate (and Savoy) MisallianceSuzanna Andler, Song of Singapore (and Mayfair Theatre). For Regent’s Park: Porgy and Bess, The Sound of Music, Ragtime, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Into The Woods, Lord of the Flies, The Importance of Being Earnest. Future West End: The Go Between, Dreamgirls, The Wind in the Willows.

Mark BrandonCasting

Binder Casting/Mark Brandon, CSA (Casting) with Jay Binder, CSA, Jack Bowdan, CSA, and Jason Styres, CSA, have cast over 70 Broadway shows including A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder; Nice Work If You Can Get It; Born Yesterday; The Miracle Worker; Finian’s Rainbow; Brighton Beach Memoirs; A Chorus Line; Gypsy; 39 Steps; White Christmas; Is He Dead?; Inherit The Wind; Journey’s End; Butley; Virginia Woolf; Sweet Charity; Wonderful Town; Movin’ Out; 42nd Street; Music Man; Iceman Cometh; Charlie Brown; Sound of Music; Beauty and the Beast; Last Night of Ballyhoo; Chicago; King & I; Damn Yankees; Lost in Yonkers; Jerome Robbins’ Broadway; The Goodbye Girl and every City Center Encores!production since its inception in 1994. Film/TV/Other: Carousel (NY Philharmonic/PBS); Six by Sondheim (HBO); So You Think You Can DanceWest Side Story (San Francisco Symphony); HairsprayDreamgirls; Chicago; Nine. Ten–time Artios Award winner.

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 59 Tony®Awards, winning Broadway’s highest honor 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 20 landmark years on Broadway, it has welcomed more than 95 million visitors worldwide to date, and can currently be seen in ten productions worldwide. Having played 20 countries on every continent except Antarctica, The Lion King’s worldwide gross exceeds that of any film, Broadway show or other entertainment title 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-production with Cameron Mackintosh, 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, is now an international hit with an award-winning production in its 8thyear 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 productions on Broadway in 2012, receiving seven Tony Awards between them: Peter and the Starcatcher and Newsies, each of which enjoyed a two-year run with the latter launching a two-year North American 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. Their newest hit, the 2018 Broadway musical Frozen, is already setting records in its Broadway run.

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 theatres to develop new stage musicals including The Jungle Book, The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Freaky Friday.

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