Adam Jacobs cast as Aladdin in musical

Last month where the auditions held for the Aladdin musical that opens in Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theater in July. Today the first name was released. Adam Jacobs is going to play Aladdin. While I haven’t heard of him before he has an impressibe resume with roles in the U.S tour of Mama Mia and he played Marius in the Broadway edition Les Miserables. Currently he playes adult Simba in the National Tour production of The Lion King a role he will return to in August but then on Broadway. Check his site for his bio and full resume.
I heard it through UD

The Little Mermaid Musical Closing, Aladdin Musical a step closer

As you might have heard the Broadway version of The Little Mermaid will close August 30, 2009 after only 685 performances and 50 previews. According to Disney Theatre Production head Thomas Schumacher he didn’t see a way to keep earning money from it. He also says his division is setting up a tour version to start somewhere around 2010. Also you’re sure recall that Disney shutdown the successful Beauty and the Beast that ran from 94 to 07. Since 1999 It’s home was the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre.

Rumors say that a musical adaption of The Adams Family might be next to setup shop at Lunt-Fontanne. Depending of it’s a success it could hold out there for a few years let’s say 3 before Disney has to develop another production. I’ve a feeling a serious attempt to sculpt Disney’s 31st animated feature into a Broadway worthy musical is coming within the next few years. I love if Aladdin gets the musical it deserves around it’s 20th anniversary in 2012.
Let’s cross fingers.