Disney’s Aladdin Comes to Broadway in 2014 after Toronto Preview

Mary Poppins may need a spoonful of sugar as her 6 year Broadway run comes to an end on March 3, 2013 in order to make way for Disney’s newest theatrical production, Disney’s Aladdin.  The newest Disney Theatrical production will open in Broadway’s New Amsterdam Theatre in Spring 2014 following a nine week preview in Toronto’s Ed Mirvish Theatre (November 13, 2013 to January 12, 2014).  Continue reading for more details from Disney Theatrical Production’s press release.

DISNEY'S ALADDIN

From Disney Theatrical Productions Press Release

Disney Theatrical Productions proudly announces that Aladdin, a new musical based on the Academy Award® winning animated film, will play its pre-Broadway engagement at Toronto’s Ed Mirvish Theatre (formerly the Canon) November 13, 2013 to January 12, 2014 and will open at Broadway’s New Amsterdam Theatre in 2014.  The show will feature music by Alan Menken; lyrics by the late Howard Ashman, Tim Rice and Chad Beguelin with a book by Beguelin.  Casey Nicholaw will direct and choreograph.

Casting, Broadway dates and ticket information for both Toronto and Broadway will be announced at a later date.  To receive news about Aladdin in the coming months, please sign-up for email alerts at www.aladdinbroadway.com.

This will be the first staging of this full-length two-act Aladdin.  Nicholaw and the writers had previously collaborated on a well-received pilot production of the musical at Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre in summer 2011 mounted for a limited run with the goal of trying out new material and structure.  Broadway will be an entirely new production featuring a new script, tunestack and a wholly original design scaled to the Broadway stage and an epic story.

Aladdin, adapted from centuries-old Arabian folktales including “One Thousand and One Nights,” will feature a full Broadway score including the five beloved songs from the film.

The animated film Aladdin was released by Disney in 1992 and was a critical and box office smash, grossing over $500 million worldwide (not adjusted for inflation) and becoming the highest-grossing film of the year.  The film won the Oscar for Best Original Score and introduced the hit song “A Whole New World,” which won the second of the film’s two Academy Awards as Best Original Song.  The Peabo Bryson/Regina Belle recording of the tune soared to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Previous live versions of Aladdin, unrelated to the new Broadway production, have included the popular Disney’s Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular that has run for 10 years in the Hyperion Theater at Disney California Adventure theme park.

Disney Cruise Line’s newest ship the Disney Fantasy also stages Disney’s Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular on board in the art-deco styled 1,300+ seat Walt Disney Theatre.

Disney'€™s Aladdin -€“ A Musical Spectacular

Disney'€™s Aladdin -€“ A Musical Spectacular on board the Disney Fantasy. photo by Matt Stroshane, courtesy Disney Cruise Line

 

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