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 clip 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 there was a musical showcase of the Disney Musicals that where on Broadway over the years.Hosted by Stage Genie himself James Monroe Iglehart and joined by Mary Poppins/Belle Ashley Brown and Tarzan’s Josh Strickland in 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 where 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 old 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.
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.
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.
The Burlington County Times tells the story of Jared Maier. He’s been a fan of Aladdin for his whole life he says “When I was young, before preschool, there was something I borrowed from the library every week. It was “Aladdin” on VHS. I always got two copies — one to watch while the other was rewinding.”
Which made me smile because back in the day I was very much like him, I watched the Sing-A-Long VHS a zillion times during summer waiting for the full movie to be released on video and after that I watched the movie many times over.
Jared continues to tell how he and his family went to see the Broadway show and afterwards went for autographs of the cast.
“My playbill was full of autographs as my siblings and I waited on the steps of the theater for our parents to pick us up.
One of the security guards came over and asked us if we were leaving. My brother said, “We’re waiting for our ride.” He told us to wait there. He came back and said, “Come with me.”
He then opened the stage door and brought us back into the theater, and through a secret door onto the stage. There I was, on the stage where “Aladdin” had just been performed. In the wings of the theater were all the props and set pieces. The stage was full of trap doors, and above was all the rigging used to fly the magic carpet.”
Sounds like the ultimate wish a true Aladdin could have. Personally I would’ve liked to meet the animators and voice actors who brought the animated film to life this stage show is based on.
James Monroe Iglehart shows of his singing, dancing & acting talents in previews of Prince Ali and the opening song of the show Arabian Nights. I love the costumes, the choreography and the cast looks like they are having a blast doing it. But I miss the fun and hilarious that the animated Genie had. I mean I haven’t laughed once during either preview.