Casting Announced for San Francisco Engagement of The Lion King

By Andrew Gans
October 23, 2012

Casting has been announced for the San Francisco return engagement of Disney's The Lion King, which will play the SHN Orpheum Theatre Nov. 1, 2012-Jan. 13, 2013.



The cast will be headed by Derek Smith as Scar, Dionne Randolph as Mufasa, Buyi Zama as Rafiki, Mark David Kaplan as Zazu, Ben Lipitz as Pumbaa, Nick Cordileone as Timon, Jelani Remy as Simba, Syndee Winters as Nala, Keith Bennett as Banzai, Rashada Dawan as Shenzi and Robbie Swift as Ed.

The role of Young Simba will be alternated between Zavion J. Hill and Adante Power, and the role of Young Nala will be alternated between Sade Phillip-Demorcy and Kailah McFadden.

Since its Broadway premiere on Nov. 13, 1997, 19 productions around the globe have been seen by more than 65 million people, grossed over $4.8 billion and, cumulatively, run 91 years.

Produced by Disney Theatrical Productions (under the direction of Thomas Schumacher), The Lion King is only the second show in history to generate five productions running 10 or more years. Translated into seven different languages (Japanese, German, Korean, French, Dutch, Mandarin, Spanish), the show has been performed in 15 different countries on five continents.

For more information about the Broadway history of The Lion King, visit the Playbill Vault.

The Broadway score features Elton John and Tim Rice's music from "The Lion King" animated film along with three new songs by John and Rice; additional musical material by South African Lebo M, Mark Mancina, Jay Rifkin, Taymor and Hans Zimmer; and music from "Rhythm of the Pride Lands," an album inspired by the original music in the film, written by Lebo M, Mark Mancina and Hans Zimmer.

The book was adapted by Roger Allers, who co-directed "The Lion King" animated feature, and Irene Mecchi, who co-wrote the film's screenplay. Other members of the creative team include Steve Canyon Kennedy (sound design), Michael Ward (hair and makeup design), John Stefaniuk (associate director), Marey Griffith (associate choreographer), Clement Ishmael (music supervisor). 

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. In fact, 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.

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at the SHN Orpheum Theatre Box Office, online at shnsf.com and by phone at SHN Audience Services at (888) 746-1799.

For more information visit lionking.com or shnsf.com.