Lea Salonga and Brad Kane perform ‘A Whole New World’ on Good Morning America

Lea Salonga and Brad Kane perform 'A Whole New World' on Good Morning America

The cast and crew of Aladdin where reunited on Good Morning America in light of the upcoming Diamond Edition of Aladdin out on Blu-Ray October 13h, 2015.

Scott Weinger, Linda Larkin, Lea Salonga, Brad Kane, Jonathan Freeman, Alan Menken and writers/.producers/directors/ Ron Clements and John Musker where in New York telling how it was to work with the late Robin Williams. But the real highlight of the day is Lea and Brad sing A Whole New World again for the first time in 20 years.

Lea sings A Whole New World often enough at her concerts and other events, there are various YouTube videos of those performances online. But for Brad Kane it’s special because the only other person he ever sang ANWW was his wife at their wedding. Really special!

Lea Salonga and Liz Callaway – I Still Believe

Lea Salonga and Liz Callaway - I Still Believe

Two of rhe best singers in the world teamed up to pipe “I still believe” rhe wonderful song by Claude-Michel Schönberg,  Alain Boublil, & Richard Maltby Jr  from the musical Miss Saigon. Both ladies played a role.in the Broadway version of this musical but also did the singing part for Princess Jasmine. Liz did Jas in The Return of Jafar and Lea in everything else Jasmine needed to sing

Princess Jasmine makes her appearence in Sofia the First

Princess Jasmine makes her appearence in Sofia the First

Jas will make her royal appearance on June 14, 2013 in the Disney Princess TV series Sofia the First. Can’t say I’m excited about how her design is convered to CG. As someone from Ulimate Disney put it

“I think Jasmine looks a lot like her Kingdom Hearts counterpart here ?”

The problem is this isn’t a video game but a TV show where the character is supposed to move and act.
Jas is of course voiced by Linda Larkin with the singing parts done by Lea Salonga

The announcement made me try to remember the last time Jasmine appeared on a Disney TV show. To my surprise I came to the conclusion that it had to be on Disney’s House of Mouse. As you might remember the show stars Disney’s fab five & friends, Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy, Pluto etc. running a dinner theater where many Disney characters has cameos as guest stars. The last episode aired almost 10 years ago on October 24, 2003.

Disney Princess Jasmine in DP show Sofia the First

Disney Princess Jasmine in DP show Sofia the First

Aladdin: The New Stage Musical World Tour

Aladdin: The New Stage Musical World Tour

Besides the 2 US local productions of the Aladdin musical in 2012. Aladdin: A New Stage Musical will open internationally both in Europe and Asia.

The European premiere will be at the Fredericia Theatre, Copenhage Denmark. The show opens on October 4 2012 with local talents under the direction of Soren Moller. This is the main cast

  1. Aladdin – Johannes Nymark ~ Just graduated in 2009 and played in High School Musical and Singin ‘in the Rain
  2. Jasmine – Maria Lucia ~ Did Beauty and the Beast, Les Misérables (with Johannas Nymark), Sugar and Chess
  3. Genie – Pelle Emil Hebsgaard ~ Local Fredericia theater talent

The Asian run by Atlantis Production opens in Philippines, that’s right Lea Salonga’s home country. The show opens in November in the Meralco Theatre, Manila. The press release only mentions Aladdin and Jasmine being cast while the rest will be announced at a later time

  1. Aladdin – Tom Rodriguez
  2. Jasmine – K-La Rivera
  3. Genie – Pelle Emil Hebsgaard

I wonder when I’m going to hear about a Dutch version by Stage Entertainment, as they are always on the front when it comes to bringing Disney musicals to Europe. Like now they’re having The Little Mermaid in the Circus Theater, Scheveningen. The same theater that had the Tarzan and Mary Poppins European premiere

Jasmine’s singing voice sings to a little girl

Jasmine's singing voice sings to a little girl

I imagine this isn’t the first time Lea Salonga is asked to sing A Whole New World to a little girl but it is adorable nonetheless. It reminds me of that interview Linda Larkin did for the platinum DVD back in ’04. She says her voice is recognizable as Jasmine’s when she’s out in public just talking to a friend. I wonder if the other 90’s princesses or any other popular Disney character has that. I searched YouTube for Jodi Benson singing Part of Your World to a child or Paige O’ Hare doing Belle’s voice nothing came up.