If you are a Broadway fan, I am sure the name Alton Fitzgerald White is familiar to you. If not, White is a Broadway actor known for portraying the longest running Mufasa for Broadway’s The Lion King. Alton Fitzgerald White has not always had the best of times. But he has figured out how to make the best of his time. In his memoir, MY PRIDE: MASTERING LIFE’S DAILY PERFORMANCE, White shares his struggles, his pains, and his joys. He shares how he got to where he is now, and offers advice on how you can achieve your dreams, too. Now before you think, ‘oh – another one of those books,’ just stop. White retells his best and worst moments, along with a sprinkling of what inspired him to continue climbing the ladder. He also shares that achieving your dreams may not mean wealth or glamour, but finding what brings you the deepest sense of fulfillment. Finding passion in what you do and doing what makes you happy is the true reward. White’s compelling story of his hard work and dedication to getting where he is now is one to admire. This true-story would make a great holiday gift for anyone who is a Broadway fan. Get your copy on November 7th!
From the publisher:
From the longest-running “King” on Broadway’s The Lion King ‘MY PRIDE: MASTERING LIFE’S DAILY PERFORMANCE’ by Alton Fitzgerald White
First premiering on Broadway November 13, 1997, Disney’s award-winning “Best Musical” The Lion King will celebrate its 20th anniversary this November! Now a veteran actor to the musical, Alton Fitzgerald White—the longest running “Mufasa”—reflects on his own life, career, and the rich lore of The Lion King, in MY PRIDE: MASTERING LIFE’S DAILY PERFORMANCE (Disney Editions | On Sale: November 7, 2017).
In MY PRIDE: MASTERING LIFE’S DAILY PERFORMANCE, reader’s learn of White’s journey from his boyhood home in a Cincinnati housing project to the grandeur of Broadway’s Minskoff Theatre, which is as remarkable and touching, as it is relatable; his struggles with feelings of inferiority; how he doggedly tried out for role after role and happily accepted whatever was offered to him, however modest, approaching each with passion and dedication. White’s gifts were ultimately recognized and rewarded with major roles including Broadway’s longest running “Mufasa,” having achieved a record-breaking 4,308 performances in this role. If you’ve ever wondered how an actor can perform the same role thousands of times (6 days a week, often twice a day, and sometimes even multiple Broadway shows in one day) without burning out, MY PRIDE tells the inspiring story of a humble “lion king” who’s done so with unabated joy and renewal of purpose.
ALTON FITZGERALD WHITE is the only African-American actor who has played the lead role in five hit shows on Broadway, including John in Miss Saigon; Ken in Smokey Joe’s Cafe (he originated the role in London’s West End); Coalhouse Walker Jr. in Ragtime: The Musical; Mister in Oprah Winfrey’s The Color Purple; and King Mufasa in The Lion King. Visit him at his website: www.altonfitzgeraldwhite.com, or on Twitter @WhiteAlton.
Disclosure: I received a copy of this book for review purposes. No other compensation was received. All opinions are my own.