Camaraderie and tenacity of theatrical spirit: Interviews with the cast of The Lion King musical
The Lion King is amongst those West End shows whose appeal never seems to wane: whether it’s ignited by love for the original Disney film, Elton John’s perennially iconic soundtrack or the new live-action remake, which has introduced the story to a whole new generation with the star power of voices such as Beyonce’s. Or there are even those for whom the show itself is a joy to rewatch time and time again.
Add into the mix the seemingly interminable enforced pause on performances that the pandemic caused, and the appetite for appreciating the mesmerising visual and auditory feast that is The Lion King musical is at an all-time high.
To mark the relaunch of the production at its long-time home Lyceum Theatre with an all-new cast, The Upcoming had the pleasure of chatting to some of its stars, namely Shaun Escoffery, who plays Mufasa, and Kayi Ushe, who has the role of Simba. They each shared what it was like to first return to the stage after such a long hiatus, what appealed to them about being part of the production and why they think the show has had such longevity.
We also spoke to Melone M’Kenzy, who plays Shenzi, and Gary Jordan, who performs the role of Zazu, who spoke about what it means to them to be part of the production and some of the highlights of returning to the stage.
The Lion King is at the Lyceum Theatre until May 2022. For further information or to book visit here.
Watch the trailer for The Lion King stage show here: