Raize, Jason Biography

biography of Raize, Jason

Jason Raize Rothenberg
20 July 1975, Oneonta, New York, USA
3 February 2004, Yass, New South Wales, Australia (suicide)

-   He studied drama at the American Musical & Dramatic Academy in New York City and the Perry-Mansfield School for Performance Art in Colorado.

-   In 1997, he took on the part of the adult Simba, a role he played on Broadway for almost three years.

-   He also worked as a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Environment Program before his death.

-   Was adopted as a child.

-   A memorial service for Raize was held on April 8, 2004, at the New Amsterdam Theatre where he had starred as Simba in "The Lion King" seven years earlier.

-   Recorded an album entitled "NYC" for Universal Records but it was never released. Two singles from the album, "Taste the Tears" and "You Win Again" were released however. The remaining tracks were "For a Lifetime", "I Can Make it Without You", "I'd Be Lying", "It Was You", "Lovin' You, Lovin' Me", "Nothing Means a Thing", "Runaway Girl", "Take Back My Heart".

-   Originated the role of Adult Simba in the Broadway production of The Lion King.

-   Released 2 singles "You Win Again" and "Taste The Tears" with Universal Records.

-   Hosted TV show "Keeping It Wild", which first aired in the fall of 2001.

-   Dreams are what I live on, and the magic of having them come true makes you work even harder and make your dreams even bigger.

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