Broadway: Romeo & Juliet, The Mystery of Edwin Drood. Off-Broadway: The Common Pursuit. Tours: Oklahoma! (Curly), Fiddler on the Roof. Tom Stoppard’s Rock ‘N’ Roll at The Alley Theatre, Private Lives at Riverside Theatre, Julius Caesar (Antony) at Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, National Pastime at Bucks County Playhouse. The 39 Steps at Orlando Shakespeare Theater/Florida Rep. TV: Shades of Blue (NBC). Love to my beautiful wife, Laura!
Gerald is grateful to continue this journey across the continent with The Lion King. Born in Tacoma, Washington – Raised in Aunu’u, American Samoa and Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Proud graduate of the University of Hawaii at Hilo. Credits: My Name Is Gary Cooper at Kumu Kahua Theatre. Hā: The Breath of Life, Rainbows of Paradise, The Ali’i Luau at The Polynesian Cultural Center. Tupulaga O Samoa Mo A Taeao at The Merrie Monarch Festival. Ever thankful for the support of friends and especially the love of my aiga. Honored to represent the pride that has come before us. Fa’atuatua -Fa’amoemoe – Alofa IG: @ramsey.gt
Birthplace: Kwa-Mashu, Durban, South Africa. Theatre: The Lion King (Broadway, West End, Las Vegas, Taipei, Johannesburg, Shanghai, Sydney, Melbourne, US National Tour) Other: Hans Zimmer live European tour 2016, Awarded the 2004 MO Award for Female Musical Performer of the Year and nominated for the 2004 Best Female Actor Helpmann Award. Session singer and backing vocalist for international artists. Excited to be back on tour. Tweet her@BuyiZama.<
Off-Broadway: Widowing of Mrs. Holroyd (Mint Theater), Hamlet (Theatre by the Blind) Regional: The Alchemist (Shakespeare Theatre Company), Lobby Hero (The Old Globe), Crime and Punishment (Cincinnati Playhouse &Actors Theatre), Henry VI, Richard III (Alabama Shakespeare Festival), Comedy of Errors, Taming of the Shrew (Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey). FILM: Step Up 2 IG: @milquetoastpoints LOVE: Amy, Hero, & Guthrie.
Broadway: Brighton Beach Memoirs. Chicago: Steppenwolf Theatre, Goodman Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Writers Theatre, Court Theatre, TimeLine Theatre Company, American Theatre Company, and Circle Theatre. Regional: Indiana Rep., Milwaukee Rep., Arden Theatre, and New Theatre. Film/TV: “Chicago Med,” “Chicago Fire,” “Crisis,” “Suits” and the film Game Day. Love to Blair, Charlie and Madeline.
Over 6,000 performances as Pumbaa on Broadway/National Tour of Disney’s The Lion King. Stage: Michael in God of Carnage; Max Bialystock in The Producers (Walnut St. Theatre); Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof (Broadway Live); Policy Pinkle in Red, Hot and Blue (Goodspeed Opera,PaperMill Playhouse); Just So (Goodspeed Opera); as well as ART; Dirty Blonde; Laughter on the 23rd Floor. TV: “Law & Order: SVU,” “The Sopranos,” “Law &Order,” “100 Centre Street,” “Homicide.” Film: The Giraffe and Find Me Guilty (with Vin Diesel and Peter Dinklage). Love and kisses to Rosalie, Matthew and Mikaela. CalArts Alumnus.
Brandon is humbled to BE on Pride Rock! Proud native of Birmingham, AL and graduate of THE Alabama State University (BA in Theatre). Brandon is grateful to God, his wife, Denika and daughter, Bréa. Without them, he has no purpose. Much love and thanks to his mom (Josephine), sister (Lindi), family, manager (Lynne Marks) supporters, Red Mountain Theatre Company, Mark Brandon, Disney and The Lion King family! In loving memory of Pastor Linda Whitt. Visit for credits and more. Instagram – @justbeingBAM
Kayla is a Southern California native who is excited to join The Lion King family. She attained her BFA from AMDA LA and she has previously appeared in Bat Out Of Hell, The North American Tour/New York Engagement (Ensemble, Raven U/S) and Aida at John W. Engeman Theater (Aida). She would like to thank God and her family, friends, instructors and The Mine Talent Agency for their unconditional love and support. Matthew 17:20.
Broadway credits include Richie in A Chorus Line, BJ in OH KAY!, Wonder Boy in The High Rollers, Horace in Olympus on my Mind, Banzai in The Lion King. Tours include Dancin, The Tap Dance Kid, Sophisticated Ladies, Five Guys Named Moe. Regional: Stand Up Tragedy, Betsey Brown, Kiss Me Kate, Bo Bo’s, A Son Come Home. Show dedicated to wife Deidre and my lovely daughters Tyler and Jordan. Big shout out to my lord God.
Martina is elated to be joining the Pridelands! Native of St. Petersburg, Fla. and graduate of the University of Florida. Favorite credits: Motown The Musical (Broadway and First National Tour), Raindogs, Rent and Hairspray. I would like to thank God, my family and friends for their unconditional love and support. Ephesians 3:20. Instagram: Ladysykes1 www.theheARTmission.org
Robbie is honored and excited to return to THE LION KING family. Stage credits include Snoopy!, Rumbles, The Red Flower, Water Children, Our Town, Godspell, etc. Film/Television: On The Run (Hyperboy), “Fastlane” (Fox), “Urban Graffiti” (Fox), “Scrubs” (NBC), etc. Many thanks to God, Mom, Dad, The Starting Five, Family and Friends. Special thanks to Barry, Karen and Lois Yvonne. Robbie is a proud member of AEA, SAG and ASCAP. I dedicate this show to my beautiful wife, Lisa. You are my heart, my life, and my inspiration. Thanks for marrying me.
Charlie is ten years old and lives in Newark, DE. He is very excited to make his Broadway debut! Charlie has always loved to perform and it is a dream come true to be in The Lion King. Many thanks to his Mama and grandparents for helping him reach for the stars! He would also like to thank Disney, Dominic Santos, Justin Bohon, Broadway Dreams, Delaware Children’s Theatre, Sanford School, and Avon Grove Charter School. Instagram: charliekahler20.
Isabel is thrilled to be making her Broadway tour debut. Isabel enjoys performing with the Young People’s Chorus of NYC and competing with TKO Dance Academy. She is grateful to God, her parents, family, friends & Peggy at The SquarePeg Group, Inc. Special thanks to The Mannings and Melissa Wigfall for their support! Instagram: @iam_isabelmedina
Kalandra is delivering her debut performance in The Lion King. Rhodes began studying dance at two years old at the Hubbard Street Dance Theater in her hometown of Chicago and at the Chicago Contemporary School of Dance. Credits include: Debbie Allen’s Hot Chocolate Nutcracker, commercials for United Way and Target and Alvin Ailey Dance Theater. Follow on IG/Facebook: @kalandrarhodes
Chance is thrilled to be making his professional debut in The Lion King. He is passionate about the arts and performing on stage is a dream come true. He is thankful to God, his mom, family, Lina Tetriani, Brooklyn Music School and Broadway Workshop for his accomplishments. Much like Simba he can’t wait to be king! Follow him on Instagram @chancesmithofficial.
Derek is originally from Connecticut, and is thrilled to be joining the cast of The Lion King. Favorite credits include starring in VEGAS! The Show at Planet Hollywood Las Vegas. Regional: Sister Act, Hairspray, Little Shop of Horrors and the world premiere of Disney’s When You Wish. @derekadamsmusic
Glory! Theater:The Wiz, Arkansas Repertory, The Color Purple, West Coast Black Theater Troupe, Hairspray, Royal Caribbean. She would like to Thank God, family, and mentors for all of their love and support. Psalm 23.
Regional credits include:Disaster (starring Seth Rudetsky), All Shook Up, The Crucible. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan, and so grateful to be on The Lion King tour!
Regional premiere of Kander & Ebb’s Scottsboro Boys. THE LION KING Las Vegas. Nat’l tours: 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, How the Grinch Stole Christmas. New York: Showboat (Carnegie Hall), Godspell (workshop), Disney’s High School Musical 2, Respect (NYSAF); TV: CBS “My Broadway Debut.” University of Michigan.
New York Theatre: Measure for Measure, On the Verge. Regional: Trinity Rep, Hartford Stage. MFA: Brown/Trinity Rep. Voice over artist: Nigel the Xyzal owl. WilliamJohnAustin.com
Originally from Bermuda, Eric attended the University of the Arts (Phila. PA) where he received his BFA in Dance Education & Choreography. A finalist in the Philadelphia A.W.A.R.D.S. competition, Mr. Bean has taught and choreographed nationally & internationally; offering master classes /workshops whenever available. Credits: Koresh Dance Co, Don Arden’s Jubilee!, Viking Ocean. Regional: The Little Mermaid, Beauty & the Beast, Once on this Island. IG: EBJDANCE
A Charlotte, NC native, TyNia is fulfilling a dream with The Lion King Company. Broadway & National Tour: Beautiful. Regional: Born For This, The Wiz. She thanks her family, friends and Clear Talent Group for their continued faith and support. IG: @thetybrand<
Sasha was born and raised in Miami, Florida. She trained at New World School of the Arts for both the HS and BFA program. Sasha has performed on stages such as the San Francisco Opera House, Adrienne Arsht Center, The Fillmore, Perez Art Museum, Lincoln Theater. She is forever grateful to have the opportunity of traveling and being on stage with such a company. IG: @Delayla
Broadway: Motown. National Tours: Waitress, Motown, Dirty Dancing, Rent. Regional: Dreamgirls. TV/FILM: New Girl, ER, A Different World, Buppies, A Beautiful Soul. Songwriter: “Live Your Dreams”; Save the Last Dance. Thanks! God, amazing parents, family/friends, FSE. @iamchantecarmel INSTAGRAM
From Beaumont, TX, Sean attended New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and later graduated from the Ailey/Fordham BFA Program in Dance. He originated the role of Phaedra and served as a swing in 2010’s La Cage aux Folles and performed in The Phantom of The Opera both on Broadway. He has appeared as a guest artist with notable companies such as the Cape Dance Company in South Africa and Joshua Beamish/MOVEthecompany. Mr. Carmon was a 2017 Joffrey Ballet Winning Works award recipient and creates original works and teaches master classes for high schools, universities, and dance companies around the world. IG: @hookedonsean
National Tour: In The Heights (Benny) Regional: Rent (Benny), Pajama Game (Prez), Cubamor (Renato), Paint Your Wagon (Wesley) Off-Broadway: Storyville (Butch “Cobra” Brown), NYC Readings/Showcase: Illa (Gary), The Wild Party (Eddie), Sweetie (Cat Jones).
Born in Durban, South Africa. Credits: “The Nat & Natalie Show” with Colin Penn & The Pennants, Mary Zimmerman’s “Metamorphoses,” Shakespeare’s “Comedy of Errors,” THE LION KING (UK & Ireland Tour). Trained with the “Flatfoot Dance Company.” TV Appearance: ETV POPSTARS 2010. Thembelihle is honored to be a part of the National Tour.She gives thanks to God and family. Instagram: lihlecele91 Twitter: cele_lihle
Adrianne is beyond excited to join the cast of The Lion King! Favorite Credits: 1st Nat’l Tour of Finding Neverland (Wendy), LCT’s The King and I. Marymount Manhattan College, BFA Dance. Thank you to her Family, Max, DHA and Friends for their constant love & support! www.adriannechu.com @achugblessyou
Daniela is a graduate of Alabama State University. She has shared her artistry and love for theatre in many places. Other Theatres: Melantho and Ensemble in The Odyssey; Swing in Disney’s Beauty and The Beast; Alto Pit Singer in The Wiz. Understudy: Dorothy/Lion in The Wiz; Dorcas in The Winter’s Tale; Uma and Ensemble in Roe (Oregon Shakespeare Festival); Kassidy in These Three Words (Montgomery Performing Arts Center); Gabriel in Black Nativity, Lady in Orange in For Colored Girls…, Deena in Dreamgirls, Whitney Houston in One Moment in Time (also Cloverdale Playhouse), Shug Avery/Church Ladies in The Color Purple (Alabama State University).
Lyric is elated to be making her debut in the Pridelands! She is a graduate of the Ailey/Fordham BFA program and her favorite credits include: The Bodyguard, Oscar At The Crown, and the NBA Boston Celtics. @lyricdanae
Erynn began her artistic studies at the Debbie Allen Dance Academy, where she was cast in various musical theater productions at the Freud and Geffen Playhouse. She then graduated from Fordham University and the Alvin Ailey school with B.F.A. and a minor in communications. Since then she has appeared in various print ads, TV shows, commercials, music videos and films.
Originally from The Bronx, Paige graduated from the Ailey/Fordham BFA program. She danced professionally with Ailey II, Visceral Dance Chicago, and Deeply Rooted Dance Theater. In 2016 she was featured in an INTEL commercial “Experience Amazing.” She is a Princess Grace Award recipient (2016) and Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch” (2017). Theatre: West Side Story (Lyric Opera). Paige is thrilled to be joining the Pridelands. “I thank my family and friends for their continuous support. Glory to God!” IG: @lovingthispaige. www.paigefraser.net
Tony has played Zazu (and occasionally Scar) on Broadway and across the country over 3,000 times. Now he loves also getting to play Timon and Pumbaa. He did Tony Kushner’s musical Caroline, or Change in Los Angeles and San Francisco with the original Broadway cast. Tony performed guest roles on both “Law and Order” (twice) and “Law and Order, SVU”.
Mukelisiwe was born in Durban, South Africa. Training: Mbongeni Ngema’s Academy. Credits: K-Cap, Umoja, and The Lion King (Madrid, Gazelle Tour and Broadway). Television: “Code Black,” “Telethon” (France) and “40 Principals” (Madrid). She was a back-up vocalist for South African Gospel star Rebecca Malope. Mukelisiwe thanks her family for their constant support.
Proudly from the South-side of Chicago, William is a multifaceted vocalist, actor, blogger & human-rights advocate. Past works include Disney’s The Lion King (1st Natl. tour & Las Vegas) and workshops of Lin Manuel Miranda’s groundbreaking musical Hamilton. Will feels blessed to share The Lion King’s transcendent & necessary messages of community, love, struggle, healing & hope. Forever love to God, Mom, Dad, Mike, Grandpapa & my phenomenal wife, Deidrea. Follow on IG: @billydsings
Broadway Debut! Tours: Miss Saigon, The Full Monty. Other credits: Ragtime, …Spelling Bee and The Wiz. Special thanks to Dustin Flores and The Mine, Rose, my sister Kellee and my Mom for their love and support. Graduate of Ithaca College. Follow me on Twitter @Jamallee
St. Louis, MO native! Kolin has performed in Las Vegas, LA, NYC and with Royal Caribbean overseas. Glory to GOD! To my family and number one fan, my mom, love you always. Grateful to be joining The Lion King family!
An Atlanta native, Jane danced for The Metropolitan Opera and Lustig Dance Theatre. Scholarships: The Ailey School, Atlanta Dance and Music Academy. Pictured in The Ballerina’s Little Black Book. Thanks, Pamela! Follow @janealexandriaking
A native of Miami, Florida. Education: New World School of the Arts College. Training: The Ailey School (Fellowship Student). Professional Credits: Dallas Black Dance Theatre, The Las Vegas Contemporary, Festival of the Lion King. Thanks to family & friends for support.
Native Washingtonian. CAU alumnus. Theater: The Lion King, Motown:The Musical. Stylist and Costume Designer: Salt-N-Pepa, Naughty By Nature, I Love The 90s Vegas Residency, New Kids On The Block Mixtape Tour, RNB Fridays (Australia/New Zealand). Thank you, Disney…I’m thrilled to be here! www.boxfancr3ative.com
A native of Silver Spring, MD, Phylicia is ecstatic to be back in the Pridelands. BFA Elon University (MT15.) Credits: Lydia and the Troll (Lydia), Parade, Ragtime, All Shook Up, Rent, Into the Woods. In loving memory of Simon Mpasi. For Ma Talamaku. Love to LT 10! Beto Bayayi! Proverbs 4:23. IG/Twitter:@phyliciapearl
Born in Durban, owed to the world. Nhlanhla started theatre in The Lion King, Spain in 2016. He joined The Lion King US national tour in 2017, and makes his Broadway debut with The Lion King this fall. Ideal: Faith. Humility. Hard work. All Glory belongs to God.
Proud Chicagoan. BA in Arts Management from Columbia College Chicago. Regional theater credits include columbinus 2.0 (ATC), RENT (ATC) and Dreamgirls (Theater 47). Television credits include “Chicago Fire” (NBC), “Unforgettable” (CBS) “The Breaks” (Vh1). Love to his wife, son, daughter, parents and family. Dedicates this performance to his uncle Dr. Larry E. Ross.
Originally from Mpumalanga Delmas in South Africa, Sicelo formed a band with close family friends in 2012, performing at weddings and events. In 2016 he took part in DStv’s choir singing show “Clash of the Choirs” and in 2017 he joined The Lion King’s Madrid Production.
Raised in Stevensville, MI of Liberian descent. T.V.: Fosse/Verdon Series on FX. Tour: An American In Paris (1st National). Regional: Cats, Sister Act, and Evita (Marriott Lincolnshire). Thanks to Binder Casting. Here to Persevere!
National Tour: Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. New York: The Radio City Christmas Spectacular; High Button Shoes (Encores!). Regional: The Scottsboro Boys (Phoenix Theatre); In The Heights, Shrek (Pacific Conservatory Theatre).
Christopher is honored to share in this legacy. Nat’l tours: Ragtime (Coalhouse Walker Jr.), Rock of Ages (Mayor/Ja’Keith),The Color Purple (Ensemble/Buster). Regional: Smokey Joe’s Cafe (Drury Lane Theater). Many thanks to Shirley Hamilton Talent and the ever endearing Lowery-Harts.
Mpume has worked with renowned writer, producer, director Mbongeni Ngema since 1989. Toured internationally with The Zulu and released album Babaka Mdudu in 2002. Love and thanks to God, Simon, Thandekile and family.
Vusi is making his Broadway debut. Credits include ensemble in The Lion King U.S. National Tour and the Taipei, Taiwan production. Thanks to Mum, my two sisters, my twin brother and friends for their love and support.
From Washington DC, raised in Brooklyn NY. PPAS HS & UNCSA, BFA. Originated Jackie Thibodeaux in Caroline,or Change. Kyle Abraham, Complexions Contemporary Ballet & Collage Dance Collective. Thank you God, Ben Harney, Lamont O’Neil, Jamel Gaines & MSA. I owe everything to my Nana, Carolyn Flowers. @KevinRTate
Courtney is incredibly humbled to be rejoining The Lion King National Tour. Born in Atlanta, Ga he began dancing at North Atlanta High School at 16 under the direction of Tracy Vogt and immediately fell in love with arts. He studied dance at AREA (Atlanta’s Resource for Entertainment and Arts) under the direction of Jai Jones and is humbled that The Lion King is his first Professional work as a dancer.
Zola is from Bowie, Maryland. BFA from The University of the Arts. Credits:, Black Panther, Ted 2, The Lion King (Las Vegas, 2009), “Dancing with the Stars,” “37th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards.” IG: @pilatesbyzola
Karyn is thrilled to be joining The Lion King. Broadway: Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812, Elf, Fiddler on the Roof, RENT, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Tours: Hello, Dolly!, The Drowsy Chaperone, Chicago, 9 to 5, La Cage Aux Folles. Off Broadway/ Regional: …Great Comet… (Kazino, ART), The Royale, Preludes (LCT) as well as Classic Stage Company, Primary Stages, Playwright’s Horizons, The Vineyard Theatre, Dallas Summer Musicals, TUTS, TOTS, Pantages Theatre, Starlight Theatre. Six seasons at Pittsburgh CLO. Proud AEA member.
National Tours: The Lion King (since 2004), Bring in ’da Noise…., Cinderella; Jekyll & Hyde; Annie 20th Anniversary Tour. Broadway: DamnYankees!, Arcadia, The Red Shoes, A Christmas Carol, Annie (ACM), Jekyll & Hyde (ACM), Off-Broadway: Cowgirls. Proud member of AEA & IATSE. Love to Molly & Rebecca.
Off-Broadway: A Clockwork Orange (NWS). NY Lab: Home Street Home (Alchemation). West End: School of Rock, Aladdin, Beautiful, Charlie, A Chorus Line, Les Misérables, Grease, Billy Elliot, Woman In White, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Punchdrunk:The Drowned Man, Sleep No More (Shanghai).
Brian is proud to be back with The Lion King. Phantom – The Las Vegas Spectacular (ASM), JabbaWockeeZ – Prism (PSM), and The Lion King – Los Angeles, Cheetah & Gazelle companies (ASM). All my love to family and friends for their support and patience, and thanks to Stan for the lesson in responsibility.