I wish we had this in Greensboro but it is still exciting news for those Disney Fans in Seattle. This article comes to us from Broadway world.
The 5th Avenue Theatre is thrilled to announce casting for the highly anticipated premiere of Disney’s Aladdin, a new stage musical. The show will feature Adam Jacobs and Courtney Reed as Aladdin and Jasmine, James Monroe Iglehart as the Genie, and Seattle mainstay Seán G. Griffin as the Sultan. Jonathan Freeman takes the stage to embody the role he originally voiced for the film, the Royal Vizier Jafar. He is joined by comedic favorite Don Darryl Rivera as Iago. Aladdin restores a trio of characters originally conceived by the film’s creators: Omar, Babkak, and Kassim, played by Andrew Keenan-Bolger, Brian Gonzales, and Brandon O’Neill, respectively. Broadway’s Casey Nicholaw will direct. With book by Chad Beguelin and hit songs including “Friend Like Me,” “Prince Ali,” and the Oscar®-winning “A Whole New World” by Alan Menken, Howard Ashman and Tim Rice, Aladdin will enchant audiences of all ages.
Aladdin plays July 7-July 31 (press opening July 21) at The 5th Avenue Theatre (1308 5th Avenue, Seattle.) For tickets and information, the public may visit www.5thavenue.org, or call the box office at (206) 625-1900. Tickets may also be purchased at 888-5TH-4TIX (584-4849).
“We are delighted to be partnering with The 5th Avenue Theatre on this thrilling new full-length stage version of Aladdin,” said Thomas Schumacher, Producer and President Disney Theatrical Productions. “The 5th has proven itself a loving birthplace for new American musicals and they are the perfect partner for exploring the dynamic original vision of Aladdin’s two creators, Howard Ashman and Alan Menken, in collaboration with some of some of the most astute audiences in the nation.”
This new stage version of Aladdin incorporates all of the beloved songs from the film’s Oscar®-winning score plus never-before-heard Menken/Ashman songs restored from early drafts of the film. It marks a return to the authors’ original vision: a loving homage to the Hope-Crosby road pictures with a score invoking the jazz sound of stars like Cab Calloway and Fats Waller.
“New musicals have become a large part of the mission of The 5th Avenue Theatre and we are thrilled that Disney has selected our theatre to produce the premiere of this new work,” says The 5th Avenue’s Executive Producer and Artistic Director David Armstrong, adding, “I am especially thrilled to have Casey Nicholaw back at The 5th where his amazing career first got started.”
- Disney’s Aladdin Will Take the Stage on the Disney Fantasy (chipandco.com)