The international performers for The Lion King have been revealed to the public.
This landmark musical event will kick off its performances in Manila at The Theatre at Solaire on March 18, 2018.
The production will then transfer to Marina Bay Sands in Singapore, starting performances on June 27, 2018.
Directed by Julie Taymor, the musical will feature six actors from the Philippines.
Sharing the role of Young Simba will be Filipino thespians Julien Joshua Dolor, Pablo Palacpac, and Juan Gabriel Tiongson.
Sharing the role of Young Nala are Pinay contestants Sheena Bentoy, Uma Martin, and Felicity Napuli.
South African performer Calvyn Grandling will play the lead character Simba while Noxolo Dlamini is cast as Nala.
Candida Mosoma will bring life to the role of Shenzi, Bjorn Blignaut will portray Banzai while Mark Tatham as will transform into Ed.
The principal cast includes Ntsepa Pitjeng who is returning to the role of Rafiki, having performed the role in the U.S.A., U.K., Brazil, and Switzerland productions.
Direct from London’s West End production is Mthokozisi Emkay Khanyile in the role of Mufasa. Also from the United Kingdom is music theatre performer Antony Lawrence as Scar. Australian actor Andre Jewson will be featured as Zazu."
For the comical duo in the play, the New Zealand-born performer Jamie McGregor will play Timon and South African favorite Pierre van Heerden will return as Pumbaa.
“Julie Taymor and her extraordinary creative team have brought together a truly diverse company, representing twelve countries in this production of enormous scale, beauty and heart. I cannot wait for new audiences in the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan to share an indelible theatrical experience for the first time, with this talented cast,” said Thomas Schumacher, President
& Producer, Disney Theatrical Productions.
Tickets for the Manila season will go on sale starting November 3 and Singapore tickets will go on sale on November 13.
Beyond Manila and Singapore, the international tour will enjoy additional seasons in South Korea, Taiwan, and South Africa, with other engagements to be announced.
For tickets to The Lion King, visit www.LionKingInternational.com