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.
I’ve been listing to the Aladdin Broadway soundtrack today and you know from the new songs they’ve added I just love “A Million Miles Away”. It reminds me of the good old days of the TV show where Al & Jas go on adventures together to help people and protect their city, it’s people, their friends and one another from harm. I feel like the creative minds behind the Broadway show took their inspiration from this. And now finding a great quality video recording of the number I tell from the acting of dam Jacobs and Courtney Reed that they likely where inspired by the fact that Al & Jas ended such an adventures couple.
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 promotional ball has started to roll for the Aladdin Musical.Â Mirvish Productions interviewed the key people behind Aladdin The New Musical that has a pre-Broadway run at their theatre from November 1, 2013 till January 2014. The clip shows rehearsals between the on-screen interviews with Composer Alan Menken, Writer/Lyricist Chad Beguelin, Director/Choreographer Casey Nicholaw and President & Producer of Disney Theatrical Thomas Schumacher.
Aladdin Musical reports that seven members of the Seattle production return to the Aladdin: Broadway’s New Musical Comedy.Â Adam Jacobs and Courtney Reed will reprise their roles as Aladdin and Jasmine. The genie is once again played byÂ James Monroe. The role of Jafar is again Â portrayedÂ by the one and only JonathanÂ Freeman.
Of the supporting cast Brandon O’NeillÂ and Brian Gonzales are back as Aladdin’s palsÂ Kassim and Babkak. The production welcomes Don Darryl as Iago andÂ Jonathan SchwartzÂ as Omar. Jasmine’s father the Sultan is this time portrayed byÂ Clifton Davis.Â The rest of of the cast include Merwin Foard and Michael James Scott who are standinsÂ and the ensemble is 24 person strong.
The music comes from Alan Menken and Howard Ashman withÂ and additional lyrics by Tim RIce and Chad Beguelin. Director and choreographer. is againÂ Casey Nicholaw, who also helmed the Seattle production. Other creatives includesÂ 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.Â Michael Kosarin heads the music team as music supervisor and director, working with Danny Troob as orchestrator and Glen Kelly as dance music arranger.