Preview: Disney’s THE LION KING The World’s #1 Musical
Updated: Aug 29
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Disney’s THE LION KING The World’s #1 Musical, is coming to Pittsburgh. After 21 landmark years on Broadway, The Lion King continues ascendant as one of the most popular stage musicals in the world. Since its premiere on November 13, 1997, 25 global productions have been seen by more than 100 million people.
Produced by Disney Theatrical Productions (under the direction of Thomas Schumacher), The Lion King has made theatrical history with six productions worldwide running 15 or more years. Performed in nine different languages (English, Japanese, German, Korean, French, Dutch, Spanish, Mandarin and Portuguese), productions of The Lion King can currently be seen on Broadway; London’s West End; Hamburg; Tokyo; Madrid; Scheveningen, Holland; on tour across Japan and North America, with a separate production touring internationally, for a total of nine productions running concurrently across the globe.
Nia Holloway and Jared Dixon Copyright Disney Photo by Deen vanMeer
Having played over 100 cities in 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.
Casting has been announced for the return engagement of Disney’s THE LION KING at Benedum Center. The show will leap onto the stage on September 4 for a limited four-week engagement through September 29.
The production features Spencer Plachy as “Scar,” Gerald Ramsey as “Mufasa,” Buyi Zama as “Rafiki,” Nick Cordileone as “Timon,” Greg Jackson as “Zazu,” Ben Lipitz as “Pumbaa,” Jared Dixon as “Simba,” Nia Hollowayas “Nala,” Keith Bennett as “Banzai,” Martina Sykes as “Shenzi,” and Robbie Swift as “Ed.”
The role of “Young Simba” is alternated between Richard Phillips, Jr. and Walter Russell III. The role of “Young Nala” is alternated between Brilyn Johnston and Celina Smith.
Spencer Plachy (Scar) Copyright Disney Photo by Deen vanMeer
Rounding out the cast are Derek Adams, Kayla Rose Aimable, Andrew Arrington, William John Austin, Eric Bean, Jr, Kalilah Black, Sasha Caicedo, Chante Carmel, Sean Aaron Carmon, Kyle Robert Carter, Thembelihle Cele, Adrianne Chu, Daniela Cobb, Erynn Marie Dickerson, Ntomb’khona Dlamini, Tony Freeman, Mukelisiwe Goba, Deidrea Halley, William James Jr., Kolin Jerron, Jane King, Brandon A. McCall, Christopher L. Mc Kenzie, Jr., Phylicia Pearl Mpasi, Nhlanhla Ndlovu, Aaron Nelson, Sicelo Ntshangase, Christopher Sams, Jordan Samuels, Kaylin Seckel, Kevin Tate, Courtney Thomas, Shacura Wade, and Zola Williams.
Tickets are currently available at TrustArts.org, in-person at the Box Office at Theater Square, and by phone at 412-456-6666. VIP Ticket Packages, which include a prime seat location, a commemorative souvenir program, and an exclusive merchandise item, are also available. Groups of 10 or more may reserve seating by calling 412-471-6930.
This production will not disappoint. There are limited seats still available. Hope to see you there!