The great Alan Menken and his latest companion Chad Beguelin talk and sing what it took to bring Aladdin’s music from the silver screen to a Broadway stage.
It’s been 20 years since the film opened and some people had difficultly accepting that it was a fictional, fantasy animated film and they made lots of noise about the race issue. Now a whole new generation can finally enjoy the buddy story of a boy and his genie on stage and still people make a fuss that there aren’t any Middle-Eastern people in it, not as the leads nor any of the supporting cast. I would’ve hoped people would’ve become smarter by now. At least I’m glad there are no signs of boycotts yet.
Jezebel tries to explain the who and why people react like this and seeks out the good things in this all new Disney musical.
It was Press day for Broadway’s newest musical comedy and Broadway World got a word with writer/lyrist Chad Beguelin and director Casey Nicholaw of the show as well as the four leads. Adam Jacobs, Courtney Reed, James Monroe Iglehart and Jonathan Freemanl They talk about how exceed they are to play these characters and word with these people. The usual stuff people say on working on new shows or movies. But Chad did mention a major change to the show. Babkak, Omar and Kassim are no longer the narrators.
In last years 5th avenue these characters where besides Aladdin’s pals also the narrators and so helped move along the show between scene scene changes breaking the so called 4th wall by interacting with the audience. Also they sang various reprises of Arabian Nights that where brought back from the cutting floor. You see Alan and Howard originally wrote a hand full of reprises to the movie’s opening song but as the characters where cut from the film the songs where too. Personally I applaud the idea to restore this ordinal version making the show, from what I read and seen, more funny.
The Aladdin Musical blog has a video and photo’s of the cast from Disney’s Aladdin: Broadway’s New Musical Comedy. Â The actors the gave life to the 3 lead characters, Al, Jas and Genie, in the 5th avenue regional production last year are back and eager.Â Adam Jacobs as Aladdin, Courtney Reed as Princess Jasmine and James Monroe Iglehart as Genie. And of course Mr. Jafar himselfÂ Jonathan Freeman is back as the evil wizard.
The one and only Scott Weinger traveled to Toronto this week too see how the character he is partly resposible for come to live on stage. Afterwards he got to meet Adam Jacobs and James Monroe Iglehart, the guys playing Aladdin and Genie in Aladdin the Musical.
Also the song for Princess Jasmine that replaced the horrible Call Me A Princess is titled Beyond These Palace Walls