High Point Episode 020:


Vincent Jamal Hooper

Making my

broadway debut

as Simba 


We speak with Vincent Jamal Hooper, star of Broadway’s The Lion King as he shares his journey from a small town in Texas to the Broadway stage.

He recounts his early experiences in regional theatre and the pivotal moment when he declared his Broadway ambitions.

Vincent discusses his background, including his upbringing and his initial involvement in sports before discovering his passion for musical theatre.

He reflects on the discipline and hard work required to pursue his dreams, drawing parallels between his approach to acting and his past experiences in football and basketball.

Vincent’s determination leads him to audition for.

In the Heights, catching the attention of the Hamilton production team (including show creator Lin-Manuel Miranda), and going on to his current role as Simba in the Broadway production of The Lion King.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Vincent’s upbringing in Texas and his early involvement in football and basketball.
  • Discovering a love for theatre in high school and how his athletic background influenced the transition.
  • Navigating the challenges of pursuing a career in the performing arts without formal training.
  • Landing roles in regional theatre productions and honing his craft through dedication and hard work.
  • The pivotal moment when Vincent sets his sights on Broadway, leading him to audition for The Lion King.
  • Overcoming setbacks and rejections in the audition process and ultimately securing the role of Simba.
  • The exhilarating experience of joining the cast of The Lion King and working alongside Broadway professionals.
  • Vincent’s reflections on the importance of perseverance, self-belief, and seizing opportunities in the pursuit of his dreams.


Learn more about The Lion King broadway production and follow Vincent on Instagram.

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