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.
Aladdin Musical reports that seven members of the Seattle production return to the Aladdin: Broadway’s New Musical Comedy. Adam Jacobs and Courtney Reed will reprise their roles as Aladdin and Jasmine. The genie is once again played by James Monroe. The role of Jafar is again portrayed by the one and only Jonathan Freeman.
Of the supporting cast Brandon O’Neill and Brian Gonzales are back as Aladdin’s pals Kassim and Babkak. The production welcomes Don Darryl as Iago and Jonathan Schwartz as Omar. Jasmine’s father the Sultan is this time portrayed by Clifton Davis. The rest of of the cast include Merwin Foard and Michael James Scott who are standins and the ensemble is 24 person strong.
The music comes from Alan Menken and Howard Ashman with and additional lyrics by Tim RIce and Chad Beguelin. Director and choreographer. is again Casey Nicholaw, who also helmed the Seattle production. Other creatives includes scenic designer Bob Crowley, lighting designer Natasha Katz, costume designer Gregg Barnes, sound designer Ken Travis, illusion designer Jim Steinmeyer and hair designer Josh Marquette. Michael Kosarin heads the music team as music supervisor and director, working with Danny Troob as orchestrator and Glen Kelly as dance music arranger.