Making her Broadway debut, Winters, a former NY Knicks City Dancer and the in-house anthem singer for Madison Square Garden, comes directly from the musical's North American touring company.
Winters joins current cast members Patrick R. Brown as Scar, Alton Fitzgerald White as Mufasa, Tshidi Manye as Rafiki, Cameron Pow as Zazu, Ben Jeffrey as Pumbaa, Fred Berman as Timon, and Dashaun Young (Simba). The company also James Brown-Orleans (Banzai), Bonita J. Hamilton (Shenzi) and Enrique Segura (Ed). Judah Bellamy and Niles Fitch alternate the role of Young Simba, with Nia Ashleigh and Imani Dia Smith alternating Young Nala.
The Lion King is adapted from the Disney film of the same name. Director Julie Taymor and designer Michael Curry have created hundreds of masks and puppets for the show, which depict the anthropomorphic animal characters. The Broadway score features Elton John and Tim Rice's music from The Lion King animated film along with three new songs by John and Rice.