Disney’s Aladdin, starring Adam Jacobs as street rat Aladdin and Courtney Reed as princess Jasmine, plays its final performance in Toronto on 5th January. The show is next on at Broadway’s New Amsterdam Theatre with previews from 26th February and Opening Night due to be on 20th March, 2014.
The New Amsterdam Theatre has a seating capacity of around 1700 and if and when Aladdin comes to the West End you would expect a venue of a similar capacity to be sought after, which would mean one of London’s leading theatrical venues. It will be interesting to see when and where!
Jacobs (Les Misérables and The Lion King) and Reed (In the Heights and Mamma Mia!). James Monroe Iglehart reprises his performance as the Genie, and Jonathan Freeman, who voiced the villain Jafar in the 1992 animated Disney film and reprises his performance again on stage.
Leading cast includes Brian Gonzales, Brandon O’Neill, Jonathan Schwartz playing Aladdin’s sidekicks Babkak, Kassim and Omar, respectively, together with Tony nominee Clifton Davis playing the Sultan with Don Darryl Rivera as Iago. Merwin Foard and Michael James Scott are standby for several of the principal roles.
The cast is completed with Tia Altinay, Mike Cannon, Andrew Cao, Lauryn Ciardullo, Joshua Dela Cruz, Yurel Echezarreta, Daisy Hobbs, Donald Jones, Jr., Adam Kaokept, Nikki Long, Stanley Martin, Brandt Martinez, Michael Mindlin, Rhea Patterson, Bobby Pestka, Khori Petinaud, Ariel Reid, Jennifer Rias, Trent Saunders, Jaz Sealey, Dennis Stowe, Marisha Wallace and Bud Weber.
The stage production, extends the 90-minute film into a two-act format, with music by Alan Menken, lyrics by the late Howard Ashman and Tim Rice, and book and additional lyrics by Chad Beguelin. Casey Nicholaw directs and choreographs.
“The beloved story is brought to thrilling theatrical life in this bold new musical. With just one rub of a magic lamp, Aladdin’s journey sweeps you into an excotic world fulll of daring adventure, classic comedy and timeless romance. It’s an unforgettable experience that includes all the cherished songs from the Academy Award (R) – winning score and more written especially for Broadway.”
Aladdin is designed by six-time Tony-winning scenic designer Bob Crowley, three-time Tony-winning lighting designer Natasha Katz, two-time Tony-winning costume designer Gregg Barnes and sound designer Ken Travis.
The production team also includes illusion designer Jim Steinmeyer and hair designer Josh Marquette. The music team is led by music supervisor and music director Michael Kosarin, who also created the vocal and incidental music arrangements, and is joined by orchestrator Danny Troob and dance music arranger Glen Kelly.
Aladdin commences previews at the New Amsterdam Theatre February 26, 2014, with an opening night on 20th March, 2014 and currently booking through to 31st August, 2014.
We recently asked DisneyonBroadway.com when the show might be coming to London and this was their reply: “Unfortunately, we do not have plans for a touring production to visit London within the near future. If plans change, they will be announced on our International webpage at www.DisneyOnBroadway.com/
Sunday 5th January 2014