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
From Durban, South Africa, Dlamini trained at Committed Artists Academy. Theater credits include Disney’s The Lion King (London, UK tour, Singapore, North American tour), Sarafina; Township Fever; Unity in Diversity (South Africa). Television: “Generations: The Legacy” (South Africa). Film: Sarafina! Dlamini can be heard on the original Disney movie soundtracks of The Lion King and Dinosaur and also appeared in the BBC Radio play Dear Mr. Lampard, alongside various South African artists. She has also performed with Lucky Dube and Vusi Mahlasela, Bayete, Sankomota and Victor Ntoni.
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” and can currently be seen in Apple iPad Pro commercial. Film: The Giraffe and Find Me Guilty (with Vin Diesel and Peter Dinklage). Member of The Actors Studio. Love and kisses to Rosalie, Matthew and Mikaela. CalArts Alumnus.
Has trained as a musician – voice, trumpet – from an early age, touring with international music groups; chaplain with UofL-FCA; worship pastor with regional ministries; regional credits: Jesus Christ Superstar (Jesus), Songs For A New World (Man One), Hairspray (Seaweed). Glory to Jesus Christ and endless love to Jessica/Titus (wife/son), family, friends, Binder Casting, cast & crew, and Peggy@TheSquarePegGroup,Inc. IG/Twitter: @_DarianSanders_; www.dariansanders.com
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.
Happy to be returning to The Lion King after performing in the Broadway and German companies. Other credits include Aida (Germany), Ain’t Misbehavin’ (UK), With A Song In My Heart (UK), Dancing in the Streets (West End), Saucy Jack and the Space Vixens (West End), and proud uncle to Kennedi (Tampa). After telling this story in 4 languages, in 3 foreign countries, Joel is thrilled to be performing on America’s national tour.
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.
Born in Granada, Spain, Jaylen lives in Memphis, TN and is a student at Evangelical Christian School. Jaylen has been featured in Young Actors Guild (YAG): The Jungle Book, Fame Jr., Disney’s The Lion King, Jr. (as Young Simba), The Wiz and Tribute to Michael Jackson with Love.
A 12 year-old from Newark, DE, Charlie loves performing and is so excited to re-join The Lion King North American tour! Many thanks to his family for helping him reach for the stars! Special thanks to Disney, SquarePeg Group, Inc, Dominic Santos, Justin Bohon, Broadway Dreams, Delaware Children’s Theatre and Sanford School. Instagram: @charliekahler20
An 11 year-old California native, Nia is honored to make her debut performance on tour with Disney’s The Lion King. Credits include: Stanford Children’s Hospital Commercial & Magazine, Disney’s Aladdin Jr. & Disney’s Aristocats Jr. Nia is thankful to God, family and friends for their support. IG: @nia_theactress
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
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.
Dancer/Choreographer/Director. Winner of two NAACP Image Awards for “Best Choreography in a Musical.” Broadway: Disney’s The Lion King, In the Heights. Regional: Walnut, Riverside, Alliance, Engeman. Proud father to Bella-Grace and Esme-Joy. Familia y P.R.
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
Since graduating from the Ailey Fordham BFA program, Samantha has danced for Ailey II and many other productions in NYC. She most recently danced with Step One Dance Company of Holland America Cruises. @samantha_barriento
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
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
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! @achugblessyou; www.adriannechu.com
Producer/Casting/Creative Director: Dreamgirls on Clubhouse, featured on CNN. Chita Rivera Award Winner. Broadway/Theatre: King Kong, The Lion King (Broadway and North American tour), Cirque Du Soleil. Film: Passing. TV: “Smash” with Jennifer Hudson (NBC), “So You Think You Can Dance” (FOX), Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade (NBC). Commercial: Gap, Stella Artois, Miracle-Gro, Disney’s Feel Alive. Follow: @LeroyChurch
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).
Has performed as the Ensemble/Ed cover for both the Broadway production, 1st National Tour and Rafiki Tour of Disney’s The Lion King. He also appeared in the Live in Concert’s Hollywood Bowl production of both The Little Mermaid (2019) and Beauty and The Beast (2018). Other credits include, Hollywood Fringe Festival’s production of A Soldier’s Play as Corporal Ellis, Sirens of Titan (Sacred Fools Company, LA), Carmen (La Jolla Playhouse, San Diego), West Side Story (Trinity Repertory Company, Rhode Island), and George C. Wolfe’s Harlem Song (Apollo Theatre, NYC). Recent films include supporting roles in One and The Same by Shadow Clone Films and Alpha by Ware Bear Productions.
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
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.
Thrilled to join the tour after being seen in The Lion King on Broadway. National Tours: Miss Saigon, The Full Monty. Other credits include Ragtime, Spelling Bee and The Wiz. Son to Denise, Brother to Kellee, and Uncle to Ella. Proud Graduate of Ithaca College. Find me on Twitter @Jamallee
Dancer, choreographer, educator, and two-time Lincoln City Fellow. Favorite credits include AIDA, Radio City Christmas, Pilobolus Creative Services, CeDeCe (Alcobaça, Portugal), Camille A. Brown & Dancers, and Rehearsal Director of Ailey II. Instagram: @luvlicap
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. @janealexandriaking
A native of Long Beach who has worked commercially with artists such as Britney Spears, Madonna, Toni Braxton and many more. At the age of 14, he began his training with Otis Sallid, Karen McDonald, Lula Washington and Nyiki Swain. His artistic direction include company’s with Franco Dragone and many others. He is currently a proud restaurant owner in the Atlanta Metro Area @originalsleepypotato. The former Dance Captain of The Lion King Gazelle and Broadway Company is extremely thrilled to rejoin this talented cast.
Born in Soweto, Johannesburg, South Africa, Gabisile has previously performed with The Lion King in Australia, Holland and Spain, and throughout the world with other international performing groups, including Africa Umoja, Stamping and Mother Africa.
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. Clark Atlanta University alumnus. Theater Credits: The Lion King, Motown: The Musical (1st Nat’l & Bway). Creative Director/Stylist: Salt-N-Pepa, Naughty By Nature, I Love The 90s Vegas Show, New Kids On The Block Mixtape Tour, RNB Fridays (Australia/New Zealand). Founding Board: @HarlemParade IG: @marqmoss www.marqmoss.com
A South African native, Nhlanhla has been singing since before he could talk and loves live music and performances. He is grateful to be back onstage and is excited to be traveling across the country with this show. He’s been with The Lion King for over half a decade now and has worked with the Broadway cast, North American tour and the Madrid cast in Spain. God is good all the time. Ayikho Inkomo Yobuthongo
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.
Born in Newcastle, South Africa, vocally trained by Boycie Phokeng & Mbongeni Ngema. Theatre: The Lion King (Australia & Shanghai), Dance Through Me, Mama, Woza My Fohloza, Jika The Musical. Television: X Factor, Nelson Mandela 80th Birthday Celebration. Film: Elephant Tails – Soundtrack Vocals.
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!
Fort Worth, TX, trained at Dian Clough West Studios, Debbie Allen Dance Academy and The Ailey School receiving the prestigious Alvin Ailey Fellowship. Professional credits include Ailey II, and tours of Radio City Christmas Show and Movin’ Out.
Disney’s The Lion King: Broadway, North American Tour, Singapore, London, Melbourne and Sydney (since 2003); A Christmas Carol (2013-14), Festival Of The Lion King, HK (2007-08). Part of various Philippine Musical Theater Companies (2000-14) and Bayanihan Philippine Dance Company (1985-94). Grateful to be back on stage!
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).
A Pensacola, FL native, a graduate of Louisiana State University, and is thrilled to return to the Pridelands. Favorite credits: American Vybe at Disney World, Orlando, Hairspray First National Tour (swing, u/s Dynamite). “Thanks be to God, family, friends and my ECSD squad for your love and support.” www.mauricaroland.com
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.
Overjoyed to join this production. Attended: American Musical and Dramatic Academy NY. Regional credits: Tarzan; Dreamgirls; Hairspray; Little Shop; International: Beauty and the Beast Tour and Disney cruise lines. “I thank my family and friends for their constant and overflowing prayers and support!!”
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. Insta:@cthomdance94
A St. Louis City native, Wade’s previous credits include: The Opera Theatre St. Louis, The Ailey School, The University of Missouri- KC, Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance, NU World Contemporary Danse Theatre, and The KP Project. Shacura is grateful to honor her family on this journey ahead; giving all the glory to God.
Brian comes to the Pridelands after several years with Chicago (U.S. tour and international companies in Tokyo, Manila, Taiwan, Seoul, Mexico City, Tel Aviv and more). Broadway: Phantom of the Opera, A Doll’s House, Juan Darien; Tours: Chicago, King and I, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Fiddler, Annie Warbucks. Other credits: Dance Theatre of Harlem, Crossroads Theatre Company and more. UCLA graduate.
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).
Broadway: The Phantom of the Opera. Off-Broadway: Silence! The Musical, The Fantasticks, Triassic Parq, Wanda’s World. Regional theatres including: Ogunquit Playhouse, Fulton Theatre, Crossroads Theatre Company. Love and thanks to Mom, Dad and Aunt Joan.
Broadway: Love Life (Encores), Fish In The Dark, Matilda, Forever Tango, Chaplin. NYC: The Public Theater, Audible, The New Group, Red Bull, The Shed, Atlantic; TV: “Encore!” (Disney+), NBC’s “The Wiz Live.” Regional: Kennedy Center, Bucks County, Goodspeed, Williamstown, Old Globe. Education: University of Arizona & Juilliard. For Dad, Mom, & Julie.