The Lion King

The Lion King


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Danielle W. Jalade

DANIELLE W. JALADE (Young Nala alt.) is a 10 year old actress who lives in Los Angeles with her family. She’s in the fifth grade and her favorite subjects are English and Science. Danielle began training and perfecting her talents at Amazing Grace Conservatory. Danielle’s loves include meeting new people, chocolate and improvisation. Instagram: chocolatesuperstar

Joziyah Jean-Felix

JOZIYAH JEAN-FELIX (Young Simba alt.) is a 12 year old Brooklyn, New York native. He is an actor, dancer, and over all entertainer who has a love for all things Broadway. Joziyah is ecstatic to work alongside his new Lion King family.

Gloria Manning

GLORIA MANNING (Young Nala alt.) is a 9 year old honor student from Bronx, NY and is thrilled to be making her Broadway tour debut! She’s grateful to God for mom, dad, and sisters Victoria and Olivia. She thanks her Grace Church family, PS36X, DMPA, Bonnie,, and Peggy at for their support. Recent work: Sprout TV, Nickelodeon.

Ramon Reed

RAMON REED (Young Simba alt.) is a Charlotte, NC native who loves video games, riding his hoverboard and joking with his family. Ramon began acting at age five and is extremely thankful to Disney for this opportunity. Amir (his middle name) means prince—Ramon’s excited to now truly be prince of the Serengeti! Instagram: @iamramon.reed.

Review Quotes

BroadwayWorld National Tours – 02/21/2018

“This current tour also boasts a lion’s share of talent (I had to), with Young Simba (alternating between Joziyah Jean-Felix and Ramon Reed) and Young Nala (alternating between Danielle W. Jalade and Gloria Manning) bringing their characters to life on stage with ease and grace well beyond their years. Each channels the playful innocence that lies at the heart of their character and owns the naivete of Nala and Simba in their early years. Reed also provides a powerful performance that evokes great emotion surrounding the death of his father in the wildebeest stampede…”

Orlando Sentinel – 02/18/2018

“The little girl seated next to me squealed her approval of the child performers on Wednesday night, and I agreed (without the squealing). As lion cubs Simba and Nala, Joziyah Jean-Felix and Danielle W. Jalade (who share the roles with other performers) have charisma and stage presence to spare”

Orlando Weekly – 02/16/2018

“Both young Simba (Joziyah Jean-Felix, alternating with Ramon Reed) and his adult counterpart…bring a charming boyish bounce”

Orlando Senteniel – 02/15/2018

“As lion cubs Simba and Nala, Joziyah Jean-Felix and Danielle W. Jalade (who share the roles with other performers) have charisma and stage presence to spare”

Broadway World National Tours – 12/15/2017

“Young Simba was played at this performance by the rambunctious Ramon Reed, who was joyous to watch as he learned to roar.”

Buffalo News – 12/15/2017

“The 11-year-old sitting with me was in awe of the entire production, but she was especially taken with the children appearing as young Simba and Nala. Joziyah Jean-Felix and Ramon Reed alternate as Simba; Danielle W. Jalade and Gloria Manning are Nala.”

DC Metro Theatre Arts – 11/19/2017

“Where on Earth do the producers find these marvelous kid performers? Young Simba (Joziyah Jean-Felix, alternating with Ramon Reed) and Young Nala (Danielle W. Jalade, alternating with Gloria Manning) prove agile, joyous guides who coax us—in ‘I Just Can’t Wait to Be King’—to see the world again through the innocent eyes of childhood.”

UMD The Writer’s Bloc – 11/18/2017

“Young Simba (Joziyah Jean-Felix, Ramon Reed) and Young Nala (Danielle W. Jalade, Gloria Manning) were perfectly charming as they rode around on giant birds and snuck through the elephant graveyard” – 10/31/2017

“Young Simba, was played with joyful energy by Ramon Reed for the performance I attended. He shares the role with Joziyah Jean-Felix.”

Visionary Minds – 10/31/2017

“Young Nala and Simba, Danielle Jalade (10) and Joziyah Jean-Felix (12) parents must be so proud of their hardwork and dedication in this show. The ‘I Just Can’t Wait To Be King’ number showed how talented they are and that they can carry a scene with or without adults as if they have performing experience beyond their years.”

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