DETROIT (CW50) So, who wants to be king of the jungle? Better question: Who doesn’t?

That means there are some very lucky stage actors, singers and musicians who are about to visit Detroit.

Casting has been announced for the Detroit engagement of Disney’s ‘The Lion King,” which is considered Detroit’s most eagerly awaited stage production. It will leap onto the Detroit Opera House stage from Wednesday, February 13 to Sunday, March 10, 2013.  The press opening night is Friday, February 15 at 7:30 p.m.

The production features Timothy Carter 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” is alternated between Zavion J. Hill and Adante Power and the role of “Young Nala” is alternated between Sade Phillip-Demorcy and Kailah McFadden.

In Detroit, ‘The Lion King” will play Tuesday through Saturday evenings, with Saturday matinees at 2 p.m., Sunday evenings at 6:30 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 1 p.m.  There will also be matinees at 1 p.m. on Thursday, February 14 and Thursday, March 7. There will not be an evening performance on March 10. Sunday, February 24 is a signed performance. Wednesday, February 20 is Kids Night with pre-show activities beginning at 6 p.m.

Tickets are available at the Fisher Theatre box office, the Detroit Opera House box office, all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 1-866-870-2717, and online at, or

Tickets start at $25. Additionally, Premium Ticket Packages, which include a prime seat location, a commemorative souvenir program, and parking, are also available.  For additional information, call 313-872-1000.

The North American touring productions of “The Lion King” have been seen by more than 14 million theatergoers and grossed over $928 million to date.



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