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Christin Byrdsong (Dirty Sugar) Queer actor takes his pride to Pride Rock in ‘The Lion King’ Rich Lopez | Staff When a lifelong dream begins at 8 years old, there is a lot to be done to carve out that path into the future — not to mention all that growing up to do.

Christin Byrdsong saw his dream born when he saw The Lion King musical at age 8. And from that moment on, he knew something for sure: “I wanted to be a part of that someday.” The actor/singer was speaking by phone from Chicago where he is finishing up the run of The Lion King as the Simba understudy and swing.

The show has made its way to Fort Worth’s Bass Hall now, and runs through Jan. 29 as part of the Broadway at the Bass series.

So dreams that began in Los Angeles and were nurtured in Mesquite have come true. “To be here and to be playing Simba when needed has really just blown my mind,” Byrdrsong said. “It’s all going really well, and I think we’ve sold out some shows already in Fort Worth.” February will mark Byrdsong’s one-year anniversary with the show which has already made its own history.

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