Yemie Sonuga, is an international performer. She is a Nigerian, Canadian, American, singer, actor and dancer residing in New York City. She has recently returned to the city after touring with Disney’s the Lion King – Gazelle Company, where she was a member of the closing cast, during its monumental 15-year tour.
Canada is where Yemie first found her passion for performing. She welcomed opportunities to work with influential mentors such as Garth Drabinsky, and Adrian Noble. She began her training at Grant MacEwan University and was later accepted into The Royal Scottish Conservatoire where she obtained her Masters.
After completing her masters Yemie made the decision to move to London where she began to experience success. She was first cast as Mabel in the national tour of Fame the Musical. Also during this time she was auditioning and was cast in the original cast of Ghost the Musical. This would be Yemie’s first original cast and world premier. While part of Ghost the Musical Yemie worked with legendary industry names such as Tony Award winner Mathew Warchus, Academy Award winner Bruce Joel Rubin, and Illusionist Paul Kieve. Halfway through her contract in Ghost the Musical she was asked to understudy the leading role of Oda Mae Brown. Yemie is fortunate enough to count herself amongst the few women in the world who have played this role. Fun fact; you can listen to Yemie on the Original Broadway Cast Album for Ghost the Musical.
Yemie’s next big project in London was as part of the original West End cast of Matt Stone and Trey Parkers, The Book of Mormon. After the Book of Mormon finished she was cast in the Olivier Award Nominated revival of Porgy and Bess, understudying and playing the role of Bess.
Relocating back to Canada, The Little Prince written by Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber’s son Nicholas Lloyd Webber and Jamie Reid would be Yemie’s next show. She was honoured when sought out and asked to join this World Premier Company by world renowned orchestrator Simon Lee.
Upon completing the Little Prince, Yemie moved to New York City, and quickly booked the US National Tour of Disney’s The Lion King.
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