Based on the 1994 Disney animated feature film of the same name, The Lion King is the story of Simba, an adventurous and energetic lion cub who is next in line to be king of the Pride Lands, a thriving and beautiful region in the African savanna. When Simba’s father Mufasa is killed by his uncle Scar, though, Simba is led to believe that his father’s death is his fault, and he is encouraged to run away forever. Scar seizes power and with his already unstable mind deteriorating, the Pride Lands experiences a darkness and desolation from which only Simba can save the animals of the kingdom. Featuring classic songs from the film such as “Circle of Life,” “I Just Can’t Wait to Be King,” “Hakuna Matata,” and “Can You Feel the Love Tonight,” The Lion King is a story and a spectacle about identity, family, and responsibility that is enjoyed worldwide by people of all ages.
Rafiki: A wise mandrill who acts as healer of the Pridelands and guides Simba
on his journey home. She is an omniscient character, evincing an air of
mystery. Rafiki has significant solos in “Circle of Life” and “He Lives in
You,” and leads the African chants throughout the show.
Range: A3 – C5
Mufasa: The strong, honorable, and wise lion that leads the Pridelands. Mufasa
should command respect onstage and also show tenderness with his
Range: B3 – C5
Sarabi: A featured lioness, Mufasa’s mate, and Simba’s mother.
Zazu: The anxious yet loyal assistant to Mufasa who is always busy trying to do
Scar: The antagonist of the show, overcome with jealousy of his brother,
Mufasa, and nephew, Simba. Coldhearted and wickedly intelligent, he
will stop at nothing to become king of the Pridelands.
Range: A3 – A4
Young Simba: The protagonist of the story, is an adventurous and endearing cub who
can’t wait to be king of the Pridelands. Simba is playful, energetic, and
naive, but after his father Mufasa’s death, Simba struggles with shame
and his destiny.
Range: B3 – E5
Simba: Grows from a cub to lion in “Hakuna Matata.” Older Simba has more
complex moments as he reunites with Nala, mourns his father, and
returns to confront Scar.
Range: B3 – E5
Lionesses: The fierce hunters of the Pridelands and featured in “The Lioness Hunt,”
“The Mourning,” and “Shadowland.”
Young Nala: A courageous lion and Young Simba’s best friend. She is not afraid to
speak her mind.
Range: A3 – C5
Nala: Grows from a cub to a lioness before she confronts Scar.
Range: G3 – E5
Sarafina: A featured lioness and Nala’s mother.
Banzai: A slick yet childish hyena who works for Scar. He would be the leader of
the group if hyenas weren’t so lazy.
Shenzi: One of Scar’s hyenas who plot to take over the Pridelands. She is the
sassy one of the trio and is always looking out for herself.
Ed: The third member of Scar’s trio of lackeys. He has a loud, cackling laugh
that is his only form of communication.
Hyenas: Scar’s army, helping carry out his evil plot to take over the Pridelands.
Hyenas are mangy, mindless creatures who sing in “Be Prepared.”
Timon: An outcast meerkat who lives in the jungle with Pumbaa. He is afraid of
his own shadow, but pretends to be the confident, relaxed leader of the
Range: B3 – B4
Pumbaa: A kindhearted, sensitive warthog who enjoys his simple life of grubs and
Range: D4 – G5