Alton Fitzgerald White is a critically acclaimed actor and public intellectual who stars as King Mufasa in Disney’s The Lion King on Broadway. Captivating audiences whenever and wherever he performs, Alton is a triple talented singer, actor, dancer who has starred in six hits on Broadway.
He made his Broadway starring debut as John in Miss Saigon with his powerful heart rending performance of the anthem “Bui Doi” bringing nightly ovations. Demonstrating his vocal versatility, Alton then moved on to the more aggressive role of The Hawker in The Who’s Tommy, the hit rock-opera. Next was the popular Broadway show Smokey Joe’s Café where Alton dazzled theatergoers with dynamic renditions of Leiber and Stoller classics. Alton went on to land the coveted starring role of Coalhouse Walker Jr. in Ragtime: The Musical. His performance mesmerized audiences into consistent emotional standing ovations.
Alton’s next move took him on the road to originate the role of Mufasa in the 1st National Tour of Disney’s The Lion King. After just over a year of touring, Alton was invited to take over the role in the Broadway company. Alton was then offered the amazing opportunity to play the role of Mister in Oprah Winfrey’s The Color Purple opposite American Idol winner Fantasia Barrino. After an exceptionally blessed and grueling 5 1/2 years of continuous 8 shows a week, Alton took a year off for TV, film, concerts around the world, voice-overs and commercial work. Following his year away from the demands of Broadway, Alton was invited back into the Broadway company of The Lion King in the role of King Musafa.
Alton has released his second solo album, ‘Disney My Way!’ In the liner notes for the new recording, Thomas Schumacher, president of the Disney Theatrical Group, says, “Listening to ‘Disney My Way!’ is, for me, a visit with old friends. First up, of course, is the spectacular Alton Fitzgerald White—actor, singer, and gentleman. A long-time member of the Disney Theatrical family, Alton is well known to our audiences on Broadway, in Las Vegas, and across America as King Mufasa from The Lion King. He is an actor of extraordinary craft, and is blessed with a stunning voice.”
Notwithstanding his incredible professional achievements, Alton has experienced the travails of racism. Alton chronicled his experience with racial profiling in an article for the Nation Magazine titled, Ragtime, My Time, that has been reproduced in more than 30 textbooks around the world.