Six young Filipino actors have been cast in “The Lion King” musical’s first international tour in celebration of its 20th anniversary of the Disney production as a stage musical.
The Lion King international tour which will have its first stop in Manila in March 2018 will have young artists from the Philippines performing together with international stage artists.
Alternating in the role of Young Simba are:
- Julien Joshua Dolor
- Pablo Palacpac
- and Juan Gabriel Tiongson
Young Nala will be performed by:
- Sheena Bentoy
- Uma Martin
- Felicity Napuli
The six young Filipino artists join the cast after months of auditions which began in March this year in South Africa.
“After six months of intensive auditions, we have been able to bring together a truly international group of performers that will showcase the talent from almost every corner of the world. From seasoned professionals to actors making their professional debut, this company of ‘The Lion King’ will be sure to delight and amaze audiences as we tour this phenomenal production around the globe,” revealed Michael Cassel, producer of the international tour.
“Julie Taymor and her extraordinary creative team have brought together a truly diverse company, representing twelve countries in this production of enormous scale, beauty and heart. I cannot wait for new audiences in the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, and Taiwan to share an indelible theatrical experience for the first time, with this talented cast,” said Thomas Schumacher, president and producer of Disney Theatrical Productions.
The young Filipino actors will join the international tour which is scheduled to be staged at The Theatre at Solaire in Manila on March 18, 2018; in Singapore in June 2018; Korea in October 2018; Taiwan in 2019; and South Africa in 2020. Tickets may be sourced here.