SDP is thrilled to be working with Henry Hartmann in Lion King Jr. Check out the SDP Actor Interview below and mark your calendars to see Lion King Jr, May 3-13!
Q: What was your first experience with the Lion King story?
A: When I was little, I was afraid of the hyenas and the death in the movie. I had seen it once, but wouldn't watch it again. Then, my aunt took me to see the musical at the Orpheum. That was probably the first time I actually enjoyed the storyline and I fell in love with Lion King.
Q: Why do you think people relate to Lion King?
A: Lion King is not just about animals taking back Pride Rock, but about Simba recovering over the death of his father. He felt responsible and ran away from his true self. I think everyone who has lost a loved one has felt this way and tried to run away from their grief just like Simba.
Q: What has the story of Lion King taught you?
A: Lion King has taught me you can not run away from your past and responsibilities because eventually they will catch back up to you and you have to face your fears.