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Disney’s Aladdin to Celebrate a Decade on Broadway Next Month


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Disney's Aladdin to Celebrate a Decade on Broadway Next Month

The musical has been riding a magic carpet at the New Amsterdam Theatre since 2014.


Michael James Scott and Michael Maliakel in Aladdin
Matthew Murphy

The Broadway production of Disney's Aladdin will celebrate its 10th anniversary at the New Amsterdam Theatre March 20.

The production, which reopened September 28, 2021, following the pandemic, will play its 3,513th performance March 20, having welcomed nearly six million theatregoers to the New Amsterdam.

A
celebratory performance commemorating the anniversary will be
held March 28, when director-choreographer Casey Nicholaw will stage a slate of hidden Easter eggs and a surprise in the show’s signature production number, “Friend Like Me.”

A few trivia facts about the Broadway production—which has been among the top 10 highest-grossing shows nearly every week of its run—and its special effects: Aladdin and Jasmine have flown over 115 miles on the magic carpet while singing the Oscar-winning “A Whole New World”; The Genie has set off more than 131,000 pyrotechnics in “Friend Like Me”; In
the Act Two opener “Prince Ali,” the cast and wardrobe team have made
nearly a quarter million lightning-fast costume quick changes; and 850 pounds of custom-mixed glitter have been used to create the Genie’s signature sparkle.

The current Broadway cast of Aladdin is led by Michael Maliakel in the title role, Michael James Scott as Genie, Sonya Balsara as Jasmine, and Dennis Stowe as Jafar.

The cast also features Milo Alosi, Zach Bencal, and Brad Weinstock as Aladdin’s sidekicks, respectively, Kassim, Babkak, and Omar; JC Montgomery as Sultan; and Don Darryl Rivera as Iago. Caleb Barnett, Jeremy Gaston, and Wes Hart stand by for several principals.

The stage production, which expands the 90-minute film into a two-act format, has music by Alan Menken, lyrics by the late Howard Ashman and Tim Rice and a book and additional lyrics by Chad Beguelin. Nicholaw directs and choreographs.

Aladdin opened at the new Amsterdam March 20, 2014, following previews that began February 26. The musical was nominated for five 2014 Tony Awards, including Best Musical. James Monroe Iglehart won the Tony for his performance as the Genie. Globally, there have been 11 productions of Aladdin on four continents.

Aladdin is designed by Tony-winning scenic designer Bob Crowley, Tony-winning lighting designer Natasha Katz, Tony-winning costume designer Gregg Barnes, and sound designer Ken Travis.

The production team also includes illusion designer Jim Steinmeyer, hair designer Josh Marquette, and makeup designer Milagros Medina-Cerdeira. The music team is headed by music supervisor and music director Michael Kosarin, who also created the vocal and incidental music arrangements, joined by orchestrator Danny Troob and dance music arranger Glen Kelly. John MacInnis is the associate choreographer, Jason Trubitt is the production supervisor, and Myriah Bash is the general manager. Anne Quart serves as executive producer.

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