Cleveland (Oct. 17-Nov. 5, 2017)
Akron Beacon Journal/Ohio.com – 10/23/2017
“And on Friday night, Norton youngster Harper Schmid, 5, one of two local girls cast as Lulu for the Cleveland run, added an adorable touch in her short but sweet time on stage.”
Columbus (Nov. 7-12, 2017)
Kansas City, MO (Nov. 14-19, 2017)
Minneapolis, MN (Nov. 21-26, 2017)
Cherry and Spoon – 11/22/2017
“And as a special treat, the role of little Lulu (who appears in the final scene only) is locally cast in each tour stop, and here in Minneapolis is played alternately by Prewitt Anderson and Estela Antivilo. I saw the former, and although only 5 years old and up way past her bedtime, she hit every mark and said every line clearly and stole every heart in the theater”
Appleton, WI (Nov. 28-Dec. 3, 2017)
Des Moines, IA (Dec. 5-10, 2017)
Isabelle Lee Busch
Faith, Family, and Technology – 12/06/2017
“One other cool thing that I enjoyed about this performance is how they cast 2 young, local girls to trade off playing a small part in the show. 5-year-old Eliana Mann from Urbandale played the part of Lulu in the opening night performance and she was great.”
Omaha, NE (Dec. 12-17, 2017)
Omaha.com – 12/13/2017
“Two little Omaha girls play Jenna’s daughter. Tuesday’s performer, Vienna Maas, was natural and adorable.”
Denver, CO (Dec. 19-31, 2017)
Milwaukee, WI (Jan. 2-7, 2018)
Cincinnati, OH (Jan. 9-21, 2018)
East Lansing, MI (Jan. 23-28, 2018)
Lansing State Journal – 01/24/2018
“Of course, one of the key highlights of the evening was DeWitt’s own 4-year-old Callie Rodgers (Vivian Southwell at other performances), making a delightful appearance at the end of the show. She sparkled for the entire audience to enjoy.”
Baltimore, MD (Jan. 30-Feb. 4, 2018)
Temperance “Tempie” Oppel
Baltimore’s Child – 01/31/2018
“But one thing certainly stood out—the adorable little blonde girl who took the stage during the musical’s final scene. Tempie Oppel stole the show as ‘Lulu,’ the main character Jenna’s two-year-old daughter. … Tempie’s lines were few, but the audience was charmed to pieces by her spirited dancing and cute-as-a-button kiss on her stage mom’s cheek. Bravo, Tempie!”
DC Metro Theater Arts – 01/31/2018
“We won’t spoil the ending but let’s say you will leave with tears of joy in your eyes, thanks largely to the arrival of Lulu and all her charms. She was wonderfully played on opening night by Temperance Oppel and will be played on alternate dates by the no doubt equally lovable Korie Mitchell.”
Buffalo, NY (Feb. 6-11, 2018)
Buffalo Vibe – 02/07/2018
“And our local kindergarteners who plays five-year-old Lulu must be mentioned. We saw Isabella Maritato on opening night. She could not have been more darling. Sophia Vandette will alternate with her, and surely she is just as adorable.”
Philadelphia, PA (Feb. 13-18, 2018)
Boston, MA (Feb. 20-Mar. 4, 2018)
BroadwayWorld Boston – 02/23/2018
“On opening night, Simonne Stern from Beverly, MA went on as little Lulu in her Boston Opera House debut (she alternates performances with Kelsey Davis from Millis, MA).”
Pittsburgh, PA (Mar. 6-11, 2018)
Entertainment Central Pittsburgh – 03/07/2018
“Lulu, Jenna’s daughter, appears at the end of the play and provides a beautiful and cute spark. The Lulu part is played by young girls in each city of the tour. On the Pittsburgh tour stop she is played by Ainsley Christof and Camlyn Reace.”
Charlotte, NC (Mar. 13-18, 2018)
Dallas, TX (Mar. 28-Apr. 8, 2018)
BroadwayWorld Dallas – 04/03/2018
“And, just in case there weren’t already enough sweet treats on stage, four-year-old Eliza Chabot of Farmers Branch (who alternates nightly with Quinn Johnson of Grapevine), enters late in the evening as the cherry on top, with the most adorable smile you’ve ever seen onstage (and she knows all the lyrics, too!).”
Ft. Lauderdale, FL (Apr. 11-22, 2018)
Tampa, FL (Apr. 24-29, 2018)
Durham, NC (May 1-6, 2018)
Greenville, SC (May 8-13, 2018)
Carolina Curtain Call – 05/10/2018
“In addition, two precious local tots from the Upstate alternate the role of ‘baby’ Lulu in the final scene: Charlotte Bates opened the run and Regan Ciccarelli.”
Washington, DC (May 15-Jun. 3, 2018)
DC Metro Theater Arts – 05/18/2018
“Jenna’s daughter Lulu is played on alternate performances by two local children, Alexa M. Lueck and Eva Pieja. I saw Miss Lueck, whose dancing with Ogie during curtain call was delightful.”
Nashville, TN (Jun. 5-10, 2018)
Olivia James Graves
Nashville Arts Critic – 06/09/2018
“…at show’s end, there’s a cute five-year-old added to the recipe, Lulu…For Nashville’s dates, Ellie James and Olivia Graves share Lulu duties and in one brief show-ending moment snag the spotlight and the audience’s hearts in the process.”
Lumination Network – 06/07/2018
“An especially interesting feature of the show’s tour comes from the little girls who alternate playing Lulu, Jenna’s daughter: Ellie James and Olivia James Graves, both 5 years old. Both of the girls are local talent, and Waitress marks their acting debut.”
Nashville Parent – 06/07/2018
“And a little something extra sweet comes in the ‘Opening Up’ finale. Here, two local 5-year-old girls – Eleanor ‘Ellie’ James and Olivia James Graves – alternate the role of Jenna’s daughter, Lulu. The walk on role serves as the stage debut for both little girls, certainly a wonderful experience they won’t forget.”
New Orleans, LA (Jun. 12-17, 2018)
Emma Jo Tassin
Chicago, IL (Jul. 3-22, 2018)
Around the Town Chicago – 07/04/2018
“…and the baby, around four years later, Lulu is handled by two actresses, Liana Gurevich (who we saw tonight) and Camryn Cavaliero.”
Madison, WI (Jul. 24-29, 2018)
Baltimore’s Child – 07/27/2018
“Still, by the time Jenna is triumphantly hefting her young daughter (played in rotation by Wisconsin-based urchins Rosalie Manson and Addie Manthey) there’s reason to be happy for everyone who deserves it.”
Isthmus – 07/26/2018
“Be sure to look for two of Madison’s littlest local actors in the finale: Rosalie Manson and Addie Manthey alternate in walk-on roles as Lulu – the cute-as-a-button namesake of the reinvented, reinvigorated diner, and the inspiration for Jenna’s new life.”
The Cap Times – 07/25/2018
“Finish off with a cute cameo from a Wisconsin kindergartener (Rosalie Manson, 5, from La Crosse) and that might just be all the ingredients we need.”
Los Angeles, CA (Aug. 2-26, 2018)
Observations Along the Road – 08/05/2018
“The remaining two cast members were Elizabeth and Catherine Last, who play Jenna’s daughter, Lulu, in the last scene. They alternate the role; we had Elizabeth at our performance. Their main job is to come on stage and be cute, and they do.”
Seattle, WA (Sept. 6-11, 2018)
Broadway World Seattle – 09/12/18
“And last, but certainly not least, local actress Bailey Gonzalez stole everyone’s heart in her few moments at the end as Jenna’s daughter Lulu.”
Portland, OR (Sept. 18-23, 2018)
Salt Lake City, UT (Sept. 25-30, 2018)
Essie Kathryn Barrett
Phoenix/Tempe, AZ (Oct. 2-7, 2018)
Las Vegas, NV (Oct. 9-14, 2018)
San Francisco, CA (Oct. 15-Nov. 11, 2018)
Costa Mesa, CA (Nov. 13-25, 2018)
Stage Scene LA – 11/13/2018
“Child charmers Catherine Last and Elizabeth Last alternate as Lulu.”
San Diego, CA (Nov. 27-Dec. 2, 2018)
Daily Actor – 11/29/2018
“And a special shout out to San Diego’s own Kensley Dibble, who plays Jenna’s daughter, Lulu (Sloane Viora shares the role with her), at the end of the show. She actually gave Morse a run for his money as a scene stealer.”
The San Diego Union-Tribune – 11/28/2018
“On Wednesday night, 5-year-old Kensley Dibble danced her toes off as Lulu, Jenna’s daughter. She alternates in the part this week with 5-year-old Sloane Viora of Point Loma.”
Tucson, AZ (Dec. 4-9, 2018)
Spokane, WA (Dec. 12-16, 2018)
The Spokesman-Review – 12/13/2018
“Brooklyn Wells, one of two area 4-year-old girls cast as Lulu, Jenna’s daughter, was adorable on Wednesday night. She’ll share the role with Remy Reith, who lives in Cheney.”
San Antonio, TX (Jan. 8-13, 2019)
Memphis, TN (Jan. 15-20, 2019)
BroadwayWorld Memphis – 01/16/2019
“Finally worthy of mention are…local Memphian Katherine Thompson, who was specially cast to play Jenna’s daughter Lulu in the show’s Memphis run. She splits the role with fellow Memphian Elizabeth Ruby Kellet, and both young ladies are precious.”
Austin, TX (Jan. 22-27, 2019)
Penelope “Ellie” Hall
Houston, TX (Jan. 29-Feb. 3, 2019)
Atlanta, GA (Feb. 5-10, 2019)
Riley Madison Fuller
Richmond, VA (Feb. 12-17, 2019)
BroadwayWorld NationalTours – 02/13/2019
“Making her professional debut is Richmond local, Devyn McDowell, who is adorable as Jenna’s daughter.”
Naples, FL (Feb. 19-24, 2019)
Miami, FL (Feb. 26-Mar. 3, 2019)
Hailey Belle Melvin
West Palm Beach, FL (Mar. 5-10, 2019)
Jacksonville, FL (Mar. 12-17, 2019)
Oklahoma City, OK (Mar. 19-24, 2019)
St. Louis, MO (Mar. 26-Apr. 7, 2019)
Fayetteville, AR (Apr. 9-14, 2019)
Tulsa, OK (Apr. 16-21, 2019)
Indianapolis, IN (Apr. 23-28)
Grand Rapids, MI (Apr. 30-May 5, 2019)
Detroit, MI (May 7-19, 2019)
Worcester, MA (May 22-26, 2019)
Providence, RI (May 28-Jun. 2, 2019)
Rochester, NY (Jun. 4-9, 2019)
Schenectady, NY (Jun. 11-16, 2019)
Hartford, CT (Jun. 18-23, 2019)
Dayton, OH (Jun. 25-30, 2019)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada (Jul. 9 - Aug. 18, 2019)
The Lion King
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Jamaal "JJ" Batteast
JAMAAL "JJ" BATTEAST (Young Simba alt.) is a talented 11 year old 6th grader from Carol stream IL. He feels bless to live out one his dreams on Broadway as young Simba! This is JJ's first major production. He feels honored and blessed to be apart of this first class experience and is marveled by where this journey goes. Supported by his loving parents, grandparents Moore/McClay/Smith, Mt. Vernon church family, his sisters, family and friends!
Nya Cymone Carter
NYA CYMONE CARTER (Young Nala alt.) is a 10 year old, Fifth Grade dance major from East Orange, NJ. Elated to join The Lion King Tour, she looks forward to this new and exciting experience. Nya is loved and adored by her parents, siblings, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
TRE JONES (Young Simba alt.) is ecstatic to be making his Broadway debut as Young Simba in The Lion King! He is an 11 year old actor from Springfield, VA. He is grateful to God for this blessing and thanks his parents, grandparents, teachers and his many relatives and friends for the love and support in making his dream come true.
MIKARI TARPLEY (Young Nala alt.) Born to entertain, this 10 year old straight A student from Smyrna, GA is thrilled to be on tour with The Lion King. She thanks her parents and teachers for giving her the skills to perform. She gives higher thanks to God for her gifts so that she can shine her light for all of the world to see!
ALEXANDRA UNDERWOOD (Young Nala alt.) Actor’s Fund: Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol; Regional: A Christmas Carol (Ford’s Theater); TV: Person of Interest; Film: Dance Off. Alexandra, 11, is thrilled to join the “Pride” as Young Nala. Grateful to God, Mom, Dad, Nana, Grandparents, Nancy Carson, Binder, and for the love and prayers of family and friends. Lexi’s “ultimate dream” has come true! IG: @ultimatedreamer2803 web: alexandraunderwood.com.
South Florida - 01/12/15
"...Simba (a bouncy Jordan A. Hall alternating with Tre' Jones)..."
Florida Theater On Stage - 01/10/15
"Jordan A. Hall (alternating with Tre Jones) is a bundle of gleaming energy as Young Simba."
Miami Herald - 01/10/15
"As young Simba, Hall has charisma and dancing skills to burn, so that you do miss him when the grown-up Remy (who’s a fine singer-dancer-actor) takes his place."
SFL Insider - 01/09/15
"The role of the Young Simba is played by Jordan A. Hall and a young Nala is Nya Cymone Carter. Both are perfectly cast and charismatic emanating their youthful playfulness in both spoken narrative and song. I Just Can’t Wait To Be King, is a huge colorful number that highlights both performers and brings a sense of wonderment and fun to the audience."
Show Biz Chicago - 12/01/14
"...and Tre’ Jones, an 11-year-old actor from Virginia, nailing the role of the inquisitive and lively young Simba."
Around the Town Chicago - 11/17/14
"Jordan A. Hall, who plays the young Simba, is excellent both as an actor and singer. Working without a puppet, he gracefully uses choreographed (by Garth Fagan) movements to cultivate meaning and emotion despite his small frame and though he was playing against veteran actors who had the advantage not only of experience, but heightened visibility from their height,costumes, and puppets. He also has a surprisingly powerful voice. "
UWM Post - 11/17/14
"The easiness and chemistry of Mufasa, played by L. Steven Taylor, and Jordan A. Hall as young Simba, is fluid and captivating."
Broadway World - 11/14/14
"By the same token, Jordan A. Hall and Nya Cymone Carter were a pure delight. Young actors provide audiences an innocence that no one but a child could present. Hall and Carter are an immensely talented pair. Being able to keep up with the ensemble of dancers and seasoned actors, gives these two an edge that so few child actors are able to have. And their recreation of the iconic lions was so on point that not even Jonathan Taylor Thomas could naysay. Simply put, they are a joy to behold."
Urban Milwaukee Dial - 11/14/14
"You have to admire this company, many veterans of the Lion King companies. They are following a set series of inflections, staging and timing while hidden largely behind makeup and costumes that work against originality. Yet again and again they deliver energy and personality that stir the whole enterprise. Such skill even travels to the youngest cast members who are following instructions, notably Jordan A. Hall as Young Simba and Nya Cymone Carter as Young Nala"
SuffolkJournal.net - 09/24/14
"The child-actors playing Simba and Nyla are extraordinarily gifted. Jordan A. Hall had such charismatic energy and a surprisingly powerful voice for such a small body. He carried the entire first act fluently and possessed the perfect chemistry for the father and son relationship between Mufasa and the young cub.
Even young Nya Cymone Carter stood out as Nyla, with her irresistible fluidity of movements and cute personality. The dynamic duo was an adorable pair and a force of talent to reckon with."
TheaterMirror.com - 09/24/14
"...talented Jordan A. Hall..."
BWW Boston - 09/20/14
"The roles of Young Simba (Jordan A. Hall, Tre' Jones) and Young Nala (Nya Cymone Carter, Tyrah Skye Odoms) alternate, but are energetically portrayed."
Weymouth - 09/16/14
"Jordan A. Hall, alternating the role with Tre Jones, lends the spunky young Simba a million-dollar smile."
Boston Globe - 09/13/14
"The role of young Simba will alternate at the Opera House; on opening night it was spunkily played by Jordan A. Hall"
Rover Arts - 08/26/14
"Besides the polished performances of the grown-up actors – many of them vets of the New York original - the skills of 10 year-old Jordan A. Hall as young Simba are amazing."
Montreal Gazette - 08/22/14
"The child performers who play the young Simba (Jordan A. Hall) and his playmate/sweetheart Nala (Nya Cymone Carter) are adorable scene stealers."
Freelancer Star - 07/03/14
"Little Simba, played with much glee by the adorable Jordan A. Hall, and Nala throw smiles everywhere with the infectious “I Just Can’t Wait to Be King.”"
Freelancer Star - 06/30/14
"lso impressive were the youngest members of the cast, Jordan A. Hall and Nya Cymone Carter, who on press night played young Simba and young Nala, respectively; they displayed solid song-and-dance skills and acting chops that held up well alongside their adult costars. "
Tagging Magazine - 06/25/14
"Most memorable are Simba, played by the adorable Jordan A. Hall who stalks and pounces his way into your heart."
BroadwayWorld.com Washington DC - 06/23/14
"As Simba, both Hall and Remy have the ability to move about the stage with the ease and energy that's necessary for such a physical role and have that kind of quality that makes you want to root for them to overcome all obstacles."
DC Metro Theater Scene - 06/23/14
"I have to say the darlings of the evening were young Simba (Jordan A. Hall) and young Nala (Nya Cymone Carter). The pair lit up the stage. Their performance of “I Just Can’t Wait to be King” was a ton of fun!"
DC Theater Scene - 06/23/14
"Act I rides a lot on the young actor playing Simba, and Jordan A. Hall is magnificent, bringing all the needed emotion to the part. Whether it’s the playfulness of the song “I Just Can’t Wait to Be King” or the fright of being in the Elephant’s Graveyard and watching his father die, Hall captures all that writers Roger Allers and Irene Mecchi ever hoped."
Whisk and Quill - 06/23/14
"Most memorable are Simba, played by the adorable Jordan A. Hall who stalks and pounces his way into your heart. “I hate public pools,” he jokes after a dangerous dunk in the river"
Honolulu Pulse - 1/17/14
"Young Simba and Young Nala, played by Jordon A. Hall and Zyaisa Jadea Page opening night, charmed...there were also lovely moments, such as the dirge trio between Mkhize (Rafiki), Page (Young Nala), and Tryphena Wade (Sarabi)."
Examiner.com - 12/9/13
"Four young actors who “just can’t wait….” -- It’s more than just an “aw” factor. A pair of boys trade off the role of Young Simba with a pair of girls alternating as Young Nala. They are highly cute, rigorously prepared and a vital part of the action. Perched on dayglo giant birds, they lead the frisky “I Just Can’t Wait to be King,” and they likely inspire dreams of kids in the audience to try out this acting thing. Then they grow up to pursue this dream or a different one. Either way, generational continuity is wicked cool. Let’s see where the tour’s Jordan A. Hall, Nya Cymone Carter, Zyasia Jadea Page and Nathaniel Logan McINtyre are 10 years from now."
BroadwayWorld Phoenix - 12/3/13
"Simba and Young Simba (Jordan A. Hall and Dashaun Young) charm and smile with skill"
BroadwayWorld LA - 11/25/13
"Young Simba (alternated by Jordan A. Hall and Nathaniel Logan Mcintyre) is also a strong presence as are Nya Cymone Carter and Zyasia Jadea Page alternating as the young Nala."
MySSNews - 10/12/13
"The play is the story of Simba, the prince of the Prideland. It follows Simba and his friend Nala from being a lion cubs, portrayed by exceptional child actors (Jordan A. Hall or Nathaniel Logan McIntyre as Simba and Nya Cymone Carter or Zyasia Jadea Page as Nala)"
White Rock Lake Weekly - 10/12/13
"Both Zyasia Jadea Page as the young Nala on opening night, and grown Nala, Nia Holloway, are exceptional dancers with lovely voices. Playing Simba as a cub on Friday night, Jordan A. Hall is larger than life, especially for a child. Both his voice and dance abilities offer him a promising future in musical theater. Page’s performance is exceptional, and she is also poised for a long theatrical career."
Coppell Student Media - 10/11/13
"The very talented cast includes...Jordan A. Hall as the young Simba and many other superstar actors and actresses."
TheaterJones.com - 10/8/13
"Hall provides the energy needed for young Simba..."
DFW.com - 10/8/13
"As Young Simba, Jordan A. Hall is adorable (he alternates in the role with Nathaniel Logan McIntyre)."
Pegasus News - 10/7/13
"In the performance reviewed, Jordan A. Hall played Young Simba. Hall’s nervous energy and boyish charm mostly transfers well into the character of young Simba. Watching Hall play onstage with young Nala is like watching two young children play and interact on a playground. In the scenes between Mufasa and him, Hall gives Simba the warm connection of a son wanting the approval of his father...His dancing and movement is skilled for his age and he has moments of fluidity and hesitancy as a young boy or cub would have in those circumstances.
Zyasia Jadea Page plays Young Nala in the performance reviewed. Page is a performer who shows a lot of skill and potential for a child of about 11, playing the young female lioness and companion to Young Simba. In scenes in which she is dancing with the other lionesses, Page shows skills as a dancer, and the demeanor that she gives to the character of a child who wants to appropriately impress her elders is equally as impressive. In her scenes with Young Simba, Page gives Nala that natural childish playfulness, us-against-the-world, we-are-invincible, camaraderie that two young children have as close friends."
EDGE Dallas - 10/7/13
"The performance of the young, unadorned Simba (alternately played by Jordan A. Hall and Nathaniel Logan McIntyre) is a joy to watch. Hall has natural musicality and movement that is rarely seen in child actors."
Bethany Hensel - 09/07/13
"But the show really went to the kids for this one. Nya Cymone Carter as Young Nala was the cutest thing around, with an awesome hairdo and amazing costume and a spunky attitude that had everyone cheering for her. (Literally.) And Nathaniel Logan McIntyre as Young Simba was truly sublime, showcasing a performance to keep in memory for a long time. I had the sense I was watching a star being born on that Benedum stage. He is charismatic, natural, showed a range of emotionand is 9 years old. There was no fear or stage fright from him, nor from Miss Carter, as they performed in front of a packed house."
Creative Lofting Charlotte - 08/16/13
"Yet there is no mistaking the warmth between Jordan A. Hall as Young Simba, the future king (the adorable Hall timeshares the role with Nathaniel Mcintyre), and L. Steven Taylor as his royal father, King Mufasa."
QCityMetro - 08/10/13
"Young Simba, played by Jordan A. Hall, was energetic and fun. Heck, he needed to be to get through his exhausting part. But the Silver Vocal Chord Award for the night goes to young Nala, Nya Carter, who belts out her songs with a force and power far beyond her years."
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