Lion King cast set for New Orleans

Casting has been announced for the New Orleans premiere engagement of Disney’s The Lion King.

The stage production will leap onto the Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts’ stage from March 14 to April 15.

The cast of more than 40 actors includes Maurica Roland (ensemble/understudy Nala, Shenzi and Sarabi) is a Pensacola, Fla. native and graduate of Louisiana State University music education program. Recently, Roland appeared in American Vybe at Walt Disney World in Orlando and Hairspray First National Tour.

Deviously cunning “Scar” is played by J. Anthony Crane. Dionne Randolph is “Mufasa.”

Buyi Zama is the baboon shaman “Rafiki.” Mark David Kaplan portrays the hornbilled bird “Zazu.” Adam Kozlowski is the carefree warthog “Pumbaa” and Nick Cordileone is the wisecracking meerkat “Timon.”

Mufasa’s son, “Simba,” the lion prince born to be king, is played by Jelani Remy and Syndee Winters is the loyal lioness “Nala.”

The three evil hyenas are played by Keith Bennett (“Banzai”), Rashada Dawan (“Shenzi”) and Robbie Swift (“Ed”). The role of “Young Simba” is alternated between Zavion J. Hill and Adante Power and the role of “Young Nala” is alternated between Sade Phillip-Demorcy and Kailah McFadden.

The production schedule is Tuesdays-Fridays, 8 p.m.; Saturdays, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; and Sundays, 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

There will be a special 2 p.m. matinee on Thursday, March 15 and April 12.

There will not be a 6:30 p.m. performance on Sunday, April 15.

Ticket prices start at $30.25. Premium ticket packages, which include prime seat locations, a commemorative souvenir program and an exclusive merchandise item, are also available.

Tickets are available in person at the Mahalia Jackson Box Office, via phone at 800-982-2787, and online at Orders for groups of 15 or more may be placed by calling 504-287-0372.


In its 15th year, The Lion King remains ascendant, continuing to reign as a cultural phenomenon and one of the most popular stage musicals in the world. Since its Broadway premiere on Nov. 13, 1997, 19 productions around the globe have been seen by more than 63 million people.

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