Disney’s The Lion King is a world renowned musical that has thrilled crowds worldwide. From its first performance at Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to its touring company which has performed in Tokyo, London, Sydney, Seoul, Paris, Madrid, to its current home at the Minskoff Theatre on Broadway in New York, The Lion King has left audiences in awe of each spectacular performance. One of the main reasons that people around the world love this musical is the lovable characters, one of which is Mufasa. Currently in the Broadway production of the musical, the character of Mufasa is brought to life by Alton Fitzgerald White.
Alton is a triple threat as an entertainer as he can sing, dance and act. He has starred in six Broadway shows in his career. He started his Broadway career as John in the production of Miss Saigon, most notably receiving high praise from audiences for his rendition of “Bui Doi”. From there Alton went on to perform in productions of The Who’s Tommy, Smokey Joe’s Café, and Ragtime: The Musical.
After all this success, it was then that Alton took on the role of Mufasa in the first national tour (The Gazelle Tour) of The Lion King. Alton had been with the touring company for just over a year when he was invited to take over the same role with the Broadway production of the show. In 2007 Alton was approached with the challenge of play the role of Mister in Oprah Winfrey’s The Color Purple opposite American Idol winner Fantasia Barrino. What an amazing accomplishment of being part of two Broadway shows at the same time.
Alton has also showcased his talents in television by appearing in Law and Order and in film in the movie The Invention of Lying. He has also performed concerts around the world and in 2009 Disney invited him to re-create the role of Mufasa for the now record breaking, sit-down company at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. Currently Alton is back on Broadway in the role of Mufasa having a great time doing so.
To stay up to date on everything Alton is doing check out his official webpage.
Check out this video of Alton singing “He Lives in You” from The Lion King as he sang it on the Disney Vacation Club Members cruise in January 2013.
Post by S. Carson