Arielle Jacobs played Jasmine in the Australian musical Aladdin based on the successful Broadway version. She is also the younger sister of Adam Jacobs who played the titulair role on Broadway. At the Broadway Princess Party she sings her version of “Beyond These Palace Walls” written by Alan Menken for the musical.
Besides the Aladdin Making of a Classic panel there where 3 more events that involved Aladdin and the people behind the musical and film, James Monroe Iglehart was this year a couple events on stage singing, there was of course a Robin Williams tribute and Andreas Deja became a Disney Legend. There was also new concept art and the first clipÂ from Moana a film that’s been in production for years and helmed by Aladdin directors John Musker and Ron Clements. Moana will be released in theaters in November 2016.
First off Â there was a musical showcaseÂ of the Disney Musicals that where on Broadway over the years.Hosted by Stage Genie himselfÂ James Monroe Iglehart Â and joined by Mary Poppins/Belle Ashley Brown and Tarzan’sÂ Josh Strickland Â inÂ The Originals! They bring songs from all Disney musicals including Tarzan, The Little Mermaid, The Lion King and others. Of course James Monroe did Friend Like Me
While Josh sang Proud of Your Boy
Robin Williams was honored on the Disney Legends Award Ceremony whereÂ Ne-Yo did his take on the classic Friend Like Me. Also as part of an album that is coming with Disney Broadway shows. Good oldÂ James Monroe Iglehart was also at the party sings the Oogie Boogie song from “The Nightmare Before Christmas” this because composer Danny Elfman became a Disney Legend.Â
And of course a true Disney Legend is Andreas Deja who got his honor as being part of the core Disney animators for almost 3 decades.
Next year the successful Aladdin Musical that’s been playing on Broadway is setting up shop in West End, London. The opening is planned for summer 2016. Open auditions are held for August & September 2015. I’m very excited that the musical comes to Europe. Here’s hoping that Stage Entertainment, the biggest musical producer in Europe, sets Aladdin up in Holland in the 2017-2018 theatrical season.
aladdinauditions.co.uk lists the audtions exact dates.
Disney’s Aladdin the Broadway Musical is already playing for almost 26 months now. That was a good moment for Broadway.com to sit down with the four leading actors, Adam Jacobs, Courtney Reed, Jonathan Freeman, James Monroe Iglehart, sat down with Richard Ridge discussing the 1st year of sucess of Aladdin on Broadway. They talk how they experienced how the show developed from the Seattle and Toronto versions that had trail runs a couple of years ago to the megahit the show’s become on Broadway. I loved hearing Jonathan Freeman telling about voicing Jafar for 23 years and now actually bringing the character to live on stage. But also it’s touching to hear them speak how fans express their fandom to them in fanmail and on social media some haven’t even seen the movie but still love the show and went back and watched the “source material”.
But most of all I think it’s amazing to hear that these people aren’t sick and tired of each other after 8 shows a week for a year and then even going back 5 year further to 2010 when the show was still being developed and they where already on broad and having a blast together.