Aladdin hits Broadway’s New Amsterdam Theater in 2014

Mary Poppins will close at Broadway’s New Amsterdam Theater on March 3 to make way for Disney’s next big, Broadway show Aladdin, according to The New York Times. At the time of closing, Poppins will have played more 2,600 performances since opening on November 16, 2006. Disney has not issued an official announcement in response to the Times’ report, which followed an initial Poppins closing story in The New York Post. The New Amsterdam will reportedly be renovated before Aladdin takes residence in the spring of 2014.

Based on the smash-hit 1992 animated film, Aladdin is the story of a street urchin who uses the help of a magic lamp Genie to win the heart of Princess Jasmine. The musical features music by Menken, lyrics by Tim Rice and the late Howard Ashman and a new book by Chad Beguelin (Elf, The Wedding Singer). Menken won an Academy Award for his score and shared a second Oscar with Rice for the song “A Whole New World,” sung in the film by Brad Kane and Tony winner Lea Salonga.

Aladdin premiered at Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre in July 2011. The musical was directed by The Book of Mormon director Casey Nicholaw, starred The Lion King’s Adam Jacobs as Aladdin and featured In the Heights’ Courtney Reed as Jasmine and Newsies’ Andrew Keenan-Bolger. A recent St. Louis Muny production starred two-time Tony nominee Robin De Jesus in the title role and co-starred Avenue Q Tony nominee John Tartaglia as the Genie. Casting and creative team members have not been announced for the Broadway production.

UPDATE 23 Jan 2013
Disney Theatrical Productions confirmed that Aladdin opens in Broadway’s New Amsterdam Theatre in the spring of 2014. Before that a pre-Broadway run of the show in Toronto’s Ed Mirvish Theatre November 13, 2013 to January 12, 2014. The creative people will be the same as the 5th Avenue show, Alan Menken, the late Howard Ashman and Tim Rice handle the songs Based on the Chad Beguelin. Casey Nicholaw will direct and choreograph. I expect cast auditions will be held during the summer.
The official at now includes the not impressive shows logo. I would’ve liked that they’ve kept the calligraphic font from the movie.

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