Buyi Zama can’t believe she is a part of the Tony Award-winning musical “The Lion King” and she is excited to be a part of the production that will be making its triumphant return to jumpstart the 2013-2014 theater season.
“I have been with the show for 11 years and I have been everywhere with the show, my first performance was in London and I’ve performed in Australia, Taiwan and South Africa to name a few.” said Zama who hails from South Africa and speaks six languages including Zulu, which is her native tongue. “I feel like I am at home on stage every night and I’m looking forward to coming here. I can’t wait to come back.”
“The Lion King,” which features music by Elton John and Tim Rice, tells the story of young lion cub prince, Simba who struggles to accept the responsibility of becoming an adult and assuming the role as king of the jungle of Pride Rock. He is excited and nervous about becoming king and his father, Mufasa teaches him how nature bonds all animals together. Mufasa’s evil brother, Scar, hopes that Simba will never become King and lures Simba into the path of a stampede of wildebeest where Mufasa is killed trying to save his son. Scar convinces Simba that Mufasa’s death is his fault and drives Simba away, thus becoming ruler of the pride. Simba’s childhood friend, Nala, tells Simba about the decline of the pride lands under Scar’s rule and begs him to return to his rightful position as king. With the help of a Rafiki, a wise Shaman baboon, Simba realizes he is able to accept his role as King of the Jungle.