Ta’Rea Campbell has joined the Broadway company of The Lion King. Taking on the role of Nala, the queen-to-be lioness, Campbell first performance at the Minskoff Theatre was on March 3. She replaces Kissy Simmons, who left the Broadway company to join the upcoming production of The Lion King in Las Vegas
A native of Philadelphia, Campbell toured for three years as Nala in both the Cheetah and Gazelle tours of The Lion King. Her other Broadway credits include Little Shop of Horrors and Aida, as a standby for the title role. Regionally, she’s appeared as the Radio in Caroline, or Change at Baltimore's Center Stage.
The Lion King opened on Broadway at the New Amsterdam Theatre on November 13, 1997, winning six 1998 Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Direction. The show is now running at the Minskoff Theatre.