Broadway’s “The Lion King” has been going strong since 1997. As one of the most successful shows ever to hit the stage, it makes sense that it would draw an armada of noteworthy cast members. While cast members change every couple of years, the production’s talented performers have continued to bring the characters to life in their own unique ways.
The current actors and actresses of “The Lion King” not only grace the stage, but also the small and large screens. Here are some of the show’s current performers, whom you may recognize from their many various TV and movie appearances.
Since July 2010, Gareth Saxe has played Scar, the show’s primary antagonist, in the Broadway production of “The Lion King.” He left in January 2012 and later returned to critical acclaim in July 2013. Besides his role as the villainous lion in “The Lion King,” Saxe also can be seen in the 2006 indie drama, “Day Night Day Night” and the 2009 biographical crime drama about 1930s gangsters, “Public Enemies.” The latter film also stars Johnny Depp, Christian Bale, and James Russo.
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Alton Fitzgerald White began playing Mufasa, Simba’s father and the original King of the Pride, in the Gazelle touring company production and was later invited to carry on the famous role in the Broadway production. You can also find Fitzgerald White in the 2009 movie, “The Invention of Lying,” starring Ricky Gervais and Jennifer Garner, as well as four episodes of “Law and Order,” and one episode of “Law and Order: SVU.” He also has performed on stage in “Ragtime: The Musical,” and “The Who’s Tommy.”
Berman has played Timon, beloved best friend of Pumbaa and Simba, since 2010. While you can watch him on the stage as everyone’s favorite meerkat in “The Lion King,” you can also find him in episodes of “Law and Order,” “All My Children,” and “Smash.” He is also the voice of Vinnie Gognetti in the video game, “Max Payne 3.”
Ben Jeffrey plays the hilariously flaccid warthog, Pumbaa, in the Broadway production of “The Lion King.” You can also find Jeffrey in the horror-thriller movie, “Nailbiter,” an episode of “The Good Wife,” and an episode of “Louie” (comedian Louis C.K.’s show).
After originating the role on the Gazelle Tour, James Brown-Orleans played Banzai in the Broadway production of “The Lion King.” You can also see Brown-Orleans as Doc Motors in Disney’s “The Princess Diaries,” starring Anne Hathaway and Julie Andrews. He also did voiceover work as Zebu in “The Wild Thornberrys Movie,” and is also involved in many creative projects as a writer, director, and producer.
The Broadway production of “The Lion King” has been home to some very talented actors and performers that have shined in a range of mediums. If you’re looking for a night out on the town and a roaring good performance, then ScoreBig is the perfect place to find The Lion King tickets to this crictically lauded production. You and your family will certainly have a night to remember.