"There's no set formula," she says about getting ahead professionally. "It's just when the time hits, you gotta be ready to do it. There's nothing like the experience of going to auditions and being a part of it. There will be a ton of noes before get your yeses."

The Lion King, which debuted on the Great White Way in 1997, has become one of the longest-running shows in Broadway history and has garnered rave reviews. Variety called it "a theatrical achievement unrivaled in its beauty, brains, and ingenuity," and Entertainment Weekly wrote, "The Lion King can make you fall in love with theater no matter what theater it's in."

The 2012 tour opened in Orlando last month and will head to Houston after hitting the Arsht Center. But the Miami run will have a special place in Winters's heart. "I can't even tell you how excited I am about performing in my hometown!" she exclaims.

Syndee Williams as Nala and Jelani Remy as Simba.
Syndee Williams as Nala and Jelani Remy as Simba.

Location Info


Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts

1300 Biscayne Blvd.
Miami, FL 33132

Category: Music Venues

Region: Downtown/Overtown


Book by Roger Allers and Irene Macchi. Music by Elton John and Tim Rice. May 17 through June 10 at the Adrienne Arsht Center's Ziff Ballet Opera House, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 305-949-6722; arshtcenter.org. Tickets cost $36.50.

Specifically, she looks forward to being a catalyst for the arts in Miami through the show. "There's a small theater niche in Miami," she says. "Growing up here, Miami didn't always have that level of appreciation for musical theater as they do in places like New York. And I would love to see people who have never been to or seen a Broadway show before experience it here for the first time through The Lion King." She then adds with her contagious excitement: "I'm psyched!"

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