ThespianPeacock uploaded 20 songs from Aladdin The New Stage Musical that ran almost 2 years ago at Seattle’s 5th adventure theater from July, 7 to 21 2011. I’ve been waiting forever to hear the songs and except for some promotion videos there was nothing. Tonight I looked for more information on the Toronto pre-Broadway run of the show’s upgrade I came across this. Listen to how the classic Alan Menken/Howard Ashman songs are converted from animated movie musical to stage musical. And I’ve been dying to know the “cut songs” Babkak, Omar, Aladdin and Cassim, High Adventure, the Jafar song Why Me preformed by Jonathan Freeman, the Princess Jasmine Call Me A Princess and especially the beautiful Proud of Your Boy would sound preformed by professional singers backed up by a orchestra instead of a composer/lyricist pinging on a piano. Plus the new Aladdin Jasmine duet A Million Mile Away taking place at Aladdin’s hovel when the two first met.
I haven’t followed the entire Aladdin musical much adaptations after last yearâ€™s Seattleâ€™s 5th Avenue Theatre in July run written and adapted by Chad Beguelin so this is a longer post than I usual do. Credits go the to Aladdin Musical Blog
This week, Jun 4 2012, opened the Aladdin: the new stage musical in Tuacahn Ivins, Utah USA. Under the direction of Scott S. Anderson and choreographed by Deanna Dys the cast is as follows
- Aladdin – Dan Domenech ~ Did regional productions like Rent and lots of others. Did sing with Lea Salonga A Whole New World at Tuacahn during the press day I assume. No video though.
- Jasmine – Haley Carlucci ~ Has Maria in West Side Story on her resume
- Genie – Edward Juvier ~ Did Les MisÃ©rables on Broadway, a number of local shows in St. Louis including Miss Saigon and Man of La Manche. For Disney did local version of Aristocats and Alice in Wonderland.
- Jafar – Michael G. Hawkin ~ A stage vet when it comes to musical including Sweeney Todd, Chicago and Captain Hook on local tour of Peter Pan.
The second 2012 musical adaption of our beloved Disney’s animated feature opens on July 5 2012 in The Muny theater, Forest Park USA. The outdoor theater announced their cast line up a little over a week ago. I’ll list the leads only, Broadway World has the whole cast.
- Aladdin – Robin De Jesus ~ Two time Tony winner for In the Heights and La Cage Aux Folles
- Jasmine – Samantha Massell ~ Is a The Muny veteran with roles in Kiss Me Kate, Show Boat, Singinâ€™ in the Rain, Sound of Music, and Titanic.
- Genie – John Tartaglia ~ Has a direct connection with the animated feature through playing the title character in Disney’s Johnny and the Sprites and played Lumiere in Beauty and the Beast
- Jafar – Thom Sesma ~ Played Scar in The Lion King in Las Vegas for 2 and a half years.
For tickets visit the theaters website: www.muny.org
Keep in mind that Disney’s Aladdin will have a very short run though as in only runs from July 5 to July 13 2012