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The Lion King - National Tour

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The Lion King’s Jelani Remy Remains Regal on the Road by Burning the Funk Away

The Lion King’s Jelani Remy Remains Regal on the Road by Burning the Funk Away
Jelani Remy in the national tour of 'The Lion King'
'People are going to notice when a pack of beautiful black people invade Toledo, Ohio.'

The touring life ain’t easy, but we polled the pros for their tips on surviving the ultimate road trip: a national tour.These actors have mastered the art of the bus-and-truck lifestyle. This edition of Road Rules features Jelani Remy who plays Simba, the prodigal son of The Lion King on tour. Remy filled out our questionnaire and shared his tips for freshening up a hotel room and sweating it out on the road.

The five items I can’t live without on the road:
1. Broadway.com.
2. My phone.
3. Ricola cough drops. (My saving grace.)
4. A humidifier, for those dryer regions.
5. Syndee Winters, who plays Nala.

The first thing I do when I check into a hotel room is:
Burn some sage to get rid of past guest funk.

When arriving in a new city, the most important thing to do is:
Scope out the must-do's in each city. I like to find all the spots special and exclusive to every city I'm into restaurants, lounges and historic places. I also like to make a point to just venture out and wander. Being on a national tour has been an incredible way to realize how beautiful our country is.

The best way to blend in a new city is:
Well, let's be honest. People are going to notice when a pack of beautiful black people invade Toledo, Ohio. But uh, maybe a hat or a circle scarf?

My method of staying fit while traveling is:
I've really found a passion for Bikram yoga. I am no Yogi, but a nice hour-long class gives me the warm-up my body needs for the day. The heat and sweating not only detoxes, but keeps my body in shape and flexible for The Lion King.

See Jelani Remy and the rest of the pride in The Lion King at Bass Concert Hall through February 10.

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