The Lion King


Chinua Baraka Payne

CHINUA BARAKA PAYNE (Young Simba alt.) You may have seen his face on toy boxes or in ads. You may have heard his voice for Nick Jr. promos, commercials, or as Lumba in the animated film Zarafa. Or maybe you have seen him on an episode of “Luke Cage,” or “SNL,” or on stage as Travis Younger in the musical Raisin (APAC). Wherever he has been, Chinua is excited to make his debut on Broadway as Young Simba! Follow him on Facebook or Instagram. Agent, Victoria Kress at Abrams Artist.

Mikee Castillo

MIKEE CASTILLO (Young Nala alt.) Mikee is a 10 year old San Diego, CA native, is absolutely thrilled and ecstatic to make her Broadway debut in The Lion King. Previous credits include Cindy Lou Who in How The Grinch Stole Christmas (Old Globe – San Diego). She is grateful to God, family and friends, Nancy, Walker, Catrina, and especially to her big sister Nikki.

Jesus Del Orden

JESUS DEL ORDEN (Young Simba alt.) Jesus made his Broadway debut appearing as Young Lola in Kinky Boots for the past 2 years. TV/Film Credits: “Sunny Day” (Nickelodeon), “Sesame Street,” and Life. Jesus would like to thank his family, his manager Susan Rybin, acting classes at Rybin Studio of Drama, agent Barry Kolker, and singing teacher Tristian Wyant.

Suri Marrero

SURI MARRERO (Young Nala alt.) Suri, an 8-year-old from New Jersey, is honored to make her Broadway debut in The Lion King. Other stage credits: High School Musical and Madeline’s Christmas with KOTA at The Lion Theater and Grease Jr. with South Street Dance. Suri has a passion for performing and has been training with industry professionals since the age of four. She is thankful for her parents, family and friends for their unconditional love and support. Special thanks to Annie’s Playhouse (Annie Forgione), Barry Kolker, Susan Lipton, Sabina Kalfa, Robert Marks and Laura Luc. Follow me at Insta/twitter: @surimarrero &

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