‘The Lion King’ Roars Back to Broadway

The award-winning Disney musical The Lion King reopens on Broadway September 14 at the Minskoff Theatre following its closure since March 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Several other Broadway productions return tonight as well, including Hamilton, Chicago, and Wicked; Ruben Santiago-Hudson’s Lackawanna Blues also begins its limited Main Stem engagement at the Friedman.

Whoopi Goldberg as Rafiki, joins the cast of the Broadway musical ‘Disney’s The Lion King’ taped for ‘The View’, held at the Minskoff Theatre.
January 14, 2009
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As previously reported, Disney has partnered with TikTok to celebrate its return to Main Stem performances with a live stream of the opening number September 14. The stream begins at 7 PM ET with a behind-the-scenes pre-show hosted by Adrienne Walker, who returns as Nala. The event culminates with a live feed of “Circle of Life,” available on the Disney on Broadway TikTok account, @DisneyOnBroadway.

Also returning to The Lion King cast are Stephen Carlile as Scar, L. Steven Taylor as Mufasa, Tshidi Manye as Rafiki, Cameron Pow as Zazu, Ben Jeffrey as Pumbaa, Fred Berman as Timon, James Brown-Orleans as Banzai, Bonita J. Hamilton as Shenzi, and Robb Sapp as Ed.

Brandon A. McCall, who starred in the North American tour of The Lion King as Simba, steps into that role on Broadway. Also new to the cast are Vince Ermita and Corey J., who alternate as Young Simba, and Alayna Martus and Sydney Elise Russell, who alternate as Young Nala.

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