Jelani Remy on His Journey in The Lion King, From His Bedroom to Broadway

first_img View Comments from $75.00 Related Shows Age: 27Hometown: Cedar Grove, NJCurrent Role: A Broadway debut as Simba, who, after his father’s death, fights to ascend the throne as King of the Pride Lands in Disney’s The Lion King.Stage Cred: After graduating from Montclair State University, Remy toured the country in High School Musical and High School Musical 2 and played Simba in the Las Vegas and touring productions of The Lion King.“When I was 8, I spent my birthday money on The Lion King [movie soundtrack] cassette tape. In my bedroom, I’d play one character all the way through, then rewind the tape and do another character. First as Simba, then Nala, then Scar, until I’d done the whole cast. So I’ve been off book for a while.”“I grew up 25 minutes from New York City, but my family didn’t go a lot. My exposure to the city was through school field trips to Broadway shows, and that was how I got the itch. We saw The Music Man, Chicago and The Civil War, a wide array of musicals.”“My parents came straight off the boat. My mom’s from Trinidad and my dad’s from Barbados, but they met in a New York subway. My dad was working as a clerk where you get your tickets, and my mom would take the same train every day to go to school. After a while they started talking, and the rest is history.”“Growing up, music was very important. I come from a Caribbean family, and I listened to a lot of Soca music and reggae growing up. At first I thought I would be a music teacher—I sing and play a little piano and drums.”“I have a secret talent—I’m great at imitations. I can listen and get these sounds in my head and just process them, kind of like Christina Bianco. I can give you Celine Dion, Macy Gray, Britney Spears and a bunch more.””Thanks to The Lion King, High School Musical and High School Musical 2, I’ve been on the road for about five years of my life. Now I’m like, wait, I don’t have to move? This is so weird! Now I can have more stuff than just a suitcase and a trunk!” The Lion Kinglast_img read more

Volleyball: Wisconsin to play Huskers and Hoosiers at home

first_imgThe Big Ten season has been tough for the No. 11 University of Wisconsin volleyball team. Despite playing well, they currently sit at 2-4 in the conference and 11-4 overall.This past week, they fell in five at the Field House to their boarder battle rival, Minnesota, and lost three sets against the Michigan State Spartans in East Lansing. Big Ten volleyball is intense, and only six matches in, the Badgers have played half of those games to five sets. Unfortunately, they have lost all of those matches.Wisconsin has the talent to be one of the best teams in the country, but they need to be able to finish games against tough opponents. The key now is to trust the process and to have a positive attitude. It can be difficult for players to stay motivated when the results of matches are not going their way. Players, especially the young ones, are learning the nature of the Big Ten. Even after putting up a great team effort with great numbers, losses can still happen on any given night, against any given team.Nebraska comes to the Field House Wednesday night. Earlier in the season, Wisconsin travelled to Lincoln, where the Badgers took the first two sets, but Nebraska came back to win 3-2. The Huskers have been on a roll recently. They are ranked fourth in the country and are at the top of the Big Ten standings (6-0). They have taken down the likes of Penn State, Minnesota, Michigan State and Wisconsin already this season, all of which, are ranked in the top 15, and as the season progresses, the Huskers will continue to improve.Nebraska is overall a young team, but they have senior All-American setter, Kelly Hunter, guiding the younger players. On the outside, Annika Albrecht leads the team with 4.14 kills per set in Big Ten play, while Mikaela Foecke adds another 3.18 per set as well.The Badgers will need to get the Huskers out of routine by serving tough and by getting positive touches on blocks. If the Badgers back court can pass well enough to get their middles going, they will cause Nebraska some problems. Freshman middle blocker Dana Rettke leads the team with 3.19 kills per set, while junior All-American Tionna Williams leads the team in hitting percentage with 44.4 percent of her attempts converting to Badger points.On Friday night, the Indiana Hoosiers come to Madison. The Hoosiers are currently 0-6 in conference play, and have only taken three sets from teams thus far. Undoubtedly, Indiana will want to come to Madison and try and steal a few sets, in hopes of upsetting a Badger team that is on a three game losing streak.In order for Wisconsin to come away with a win, they need to play consistent volleyball. They should focus on keeping the ball in the court on serve, play solid defense, and their setter, Sydney Hilley, must create opportunities for her hitters to score points. If the Badgers are able to do these three things, they should win Friday night.This conference is unforgiving, and more often than not, matches are decided by only a few points. The key is for the Badgers to become more consistent, especially towards the ends of sets. This week offers the Badgers another week to get better and to improve their conference standing.last_img read more