Lion King, with Sesma, White and Simmons, Opens in Las Vegas May 15

News   Lion King, with Sesma, White and Simmons, Opens in Las Vegas May 15 The Las Vegas production of the Tony Award-winning The Lion King officially opens at the Mandalay Bay Theatre May 15; previews began May 5.
Alton F. White
Alton F. White

The cast features performers who have triumphed in productions of the Disney musical around the world, including stagings in New York, Taipei, South Africa, London, Los Angeles, Australia, Toronto, Shanghai, Paris and Holland.

Thom Sesma (The Times They Are A-Changin') plays the evil Scar with Alton F. White (Ragtime) as Mufasa and Los Angeles native Marvette Williams as Sarabi. South African native Buyi Zama plays Rafiki.

The cast also features Kissy Simmons (Nala), Clifton Oliver (Simba), Damian Baldet (Timon), Patrick Kerr (Zazu) and Adam Kozlowski (Pumbaa). The three hyenas are played by Keith Bennett (Banzai), Jacquie Hodges (Shenzi) and Robbie Swift (Ed). Duane Ervin and Elijah Johnson alternate in the role of Young Simba, and Ruby Crawford and Jade Nelson alternate in the role of Young Nala.

Since its Broadway opening on Nov. 13, 1997, The Lion King has been seen by 45 million people worldwide. Directed by Julie Taymor — who became the first woman to ever receive a Tony Award for Best Director of a Musical — The Lion King has become an international hit with productions playing all around the globe. The Elton John-Tim Rice musical has won over 30 major awards. Those include six Tony Awards, including one for Best Musical; eight Drama Desk Awards; six Outer Critics Circle Awards; two Sir Laurence Oliviers; the Evening Standard Award for Best Theatrical Event; and three Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards.

For tickets call (702) 632-7580 or (800) 745-3000 or visit www.mandalaybay.com or www.ticketmaster.com.