On Monday, March 15, Young Achievers is pleased to welcome Elijah Johnson, who stars as Young Simba in the touring production of The Lion King.
He will speak to our students about his role in the production, what it’s like to be a child actor on the road, and his singing and dancing.
He will be speaking from 3-4pm.
Elijah “Lil ElijahJ” Johnson is an eleven year-old phenomenal “triple threat talent”, who currently stars as ‘Young Simba’ in the US National Tour of Disney’s Broadway musical, “The Lion King”. Elijah was re-signed by Disney after starring in the Las Vegas production of the Lion King in 2009. Elijah was inspired by his entertainment idol, Michael Jackson, to sing and dance when he was introduced to his music and videos at an early age by his father. Elijah auditioned amongst thousands for the role of ‘Young Simba’ at the world renowned Apollo Theatre in NYC.
Prior to starring in The Lion King, Elijah had won many talent shows and idol competitions in the Midwest including the “State of Michigan Strawberry Idol Competition” and the City of Detroit Metro Youth Idol Competition. Elijah has performed concerts doing Jackson 5 cover songs in many large markets around the country from Atlanta and Chicago to New York City, Detroit Metro and most recently Las Vegas. Elijah dazzled the crowd and stole the show from other Las Vegas Strip celebrities who performed in the “Michael Jackson Tribute Concert” held at the prestigious Palms Hotel Pearl Theatre. Of his performance in Las Vegas, Robin Leach said “Elijah is a superstar in the making, maybe even a future Michael Jackson phenomenon.”
Elijah is currently finishing his second single entitled, “Let Me Do My Thang,” in which he co-wrote with his father and was produced by Vudu Spellz/Status/Bad Boys Publishing. The single is a fun, young “Michael Jackson/Chris Brown” dance song that will capture the R&B/Pop world by storm. ‘Lil ElijahJ’ has also starred in six commercials, one gospel stage play and has performed in 145 Lion King performances to rave reviews.
Elijah is a spirited and brilliant young singer, actor and dancer with a recognizable voice and stage presence. He is a professional that possesses self confidence and star qualities that are suitable for theatre, film, television, music, voiceover, and the list goes on. Watch out for Elijah…he may very well be our next Will Smith – Michael Jackson combo mega entertainer!