Gareth Saxe will play the villainous Scar once again in Disney’s long-running hit The Lion King. Saxe takes over the role of the evil lion from Derek Smith beginning July 2. The Lion King continues to play at Broadway’s Minskoff Theatre.
Saxe has been playing the role of Scar on and off since 2010. During his latest hiatus from the Tony-winning musical, Saxe has appeared in the off-Broadway dramas Harper Regan and Nikolai and the Others. His additional New York credits include The Homecoming, Heartbreak House, Richard III, The Winter’s Tale and The Duchess of Malfi.
Based on the popular Disney film, The Lion King opened on Broadway on November 13, 1997 and won six Tony Awards in 1998, including Best Musical. The show has spawned 19 productions worldwide and has been translated into seven different languages. The Lion King reigns supreme as the fifth longest-running show and the highest grossing show in Broadway history.
Saxe joins current cast members Alton Fitzgerald White as Mufasa, Andile Gumbi as Simba, Chantel Riley as Nala, Buyi Zama as Rafiki, Jeff Binder as Zazu, Ben Jeffrey as Pumbaa and Fred Berman as Timon.