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

Former Celtic, Chelsea and West Ham striker declared bankrupt

first_imgCarlton Cole has been declared bankrupt.The former Celtic, Chelsea and West Ham striker has earned millions over his 16-year professional career. highlights How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures MONEY Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more ALTERED But Cole, who won seven caps for England, was told of the verdict at London’s High Court and has vowed to help young people learn from his mistakes.A spokesman for the 34-year-old said: “Carlton Cole is currently working mentoring young people and footballers about the pitfalls of life and money.“He will be going into more detail in the coming weeks about the advice that contributed to this situation and the people he had around him who had a negative effect on his career and finances.”Cole added: “I hope my story will help young footballers to take responsibility for who they listen to and take advice from.“Unfortunately, I didn’t realise what was going on until my career was in the latter years and too late for me to turn things around.” NEW ERA How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes impact silverware Latest Football News gameday center_img 1 England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener RANKED Cole was earning around £30,000-per-week, plus bonuses, in his pomp.After coming through Chelsea’s academy, he spent the majority of his career at West Ham, scoring 68 goals in 293 games for the Hammers over a nine-year period.Cole has been without a club since 2017, following the end of a brief spell with Indonesian side Persib Bandung. Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade possible standings Carlton Cole was earning fortunes at West Ham smart causal Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack last_img read more