The Lion King


Kenneth Aikens

KENNETH AIKENS (Young Simba alt.) KJ is 12 years old, and is honored to be making his Broadway debut in The Lion King. KJ is grateful for this amazing opportunity to expand his horizons. Sending a huge thank you to family and friends who supported and motivated him to reach for the stars. Instagram: @kj_aikens


Joshua Dubose

JOSHUA DUBOSE (Young Simba alt.) Joshua is 10 years old from Powder Springs, Georgia. He is honored to be making his Broadway debut as “Young Simba” in The Lion King. He would like to thank his parents, family, friends and mentors for their encouragement, love and support. This is a dream come true!

Nala Hamilton

NALA HAMILTON (Young Nala alt.) A New Orleans, LA native, is ecstatic to make her Broadway debut in The Lion King as the first named Nala to play this role, a production beloved by her family. She thanks God for bountiful blessings and the unwavering love and support of her parents, brother, grandparents, family, friends, Art in Motion, Uptown Music Theatre, BAA & JTF!


Rika Nishikawa

RIKA NISHIKAWA (Young Nala alt.) Rika is thrilled to make her Broadway debut! She is both Japanese and American, with theater credits in Chicago, including The King and I (Lyric Opera of Chicago/Marriott Theatre) and Annie Warbucks (Theatre at the Center). She thanks her parents, Dawn and Chris at Gray Talent Group, and Lisa Calli for helping her dream come true.

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