New York, NY (Oct. 2022)– Disney Theatrical Productions, under the direction of Thomas Schumacher, is currently presenting a newly-imagined North American tour of Aladdin, allowing the hit Broadway musical to entertain new audiences in cities and venues which couldn’t accommodate the previous tour.
This new tour launched in Schenectady, NY at Proctors in October 2022 and is playing 36 cities during the 2022-23 season. To receive news about the tour or view the production’s full itinerary and cast, please visit www.AladdinTheMusical.com/tour.
This new production of Aladdin employs approximately 75 theater professionals traveling with the show and about 40 additional locals in each city. To date, the long-running Broadway production and previous three-year tour employed more than 600 theatre-makers.
The production features Adi Roy (Aladdin), Marcus M. Martin (Genie), Senzel Ahmady (Jasmine), Anand Nagraj (Jafar), Aaron Choi (Iago), Sorab Wadia (Sultan), Ben Chavez (Omar), Jake Letts (Babkak), Colt Prattes (Kassim), Dwelvan David (Standby Genie, Jafar & Sultan) and J. Andrew Speas (Standby Genie, Sultan & Babkak).
Rounding out the cast are Alyssa Anani, Carina R. Avila, Daniel Brackett, Brandon Burks, Victoria Byrd, Edward Cuellar, Cody Hernández, Joshua Kenneth Allen Johnson, Tyler Johnson-Campion, Maya Kazzaz, Brandon J. Large, Lauren Mariasoosay, Melissa Hunter McCann, Angelina Mullins, Omar Nieves, Ryan Rodiño, Cameron Sirian, Taylor Mackenzie Smith and Asten Stewart.
“Growing up, Jasmine was my princess and I grew up wanting to be just like her. I loved her so much that when my younger sister was born, my 5-year-old self begged my parents to name her Jasmine, and they did,” said Senzel Ahmady (Jasmine). “Jasmine is an absolute dream role of mine, with Aladdin being a mix of so many beautiful cultures from the Middle East, North Africa, Central Asia and South Asia. I am so proud to be able to be the first Central Asian to play Jasmine.”
The Broadway and previous North American tour productions have been acclaimed by many of the nation’s leading publications:
“It’s GENIE-US! ‘Aladdin’ rubs you the right way! The audience is giddy….it delivers a rush that may surprise folks!” – USA Today
“Disney magic! Bob Crowley delivers another dazzling Disney design. Director Nicholaw juggles all of this with supreme skill, perfectly pacing the romantic with the comedic.” – Associated Press
“Aladdin soars on tour! Musicals, at their best, are defiant acts of wonder, but specifically with Aladdin, I was reminded of the restorative power of the musical stories that have emerged from Disney’s prized animation arm.” – Entertainment Weekly
“‘Friend Like Me’ legitimately BRINGS THE DOWN HOUSE with infectious big-band brio.”
– Washington Post
“A high-octane and surprise-packed comedy!” – San Francisco Chronicle
“A shining, shimmering, splendid magic carpet ride! Aladdin is glorious to look at, funny, topical – and definitely not just for kids.” – The Hollywood Reporter
Aladdin, the hit musical based on the Academy Award-winning animated film, opened on Broadway at the New Amsterdam Theatre to critical acclaim on March 20, 2014 and quickly established itself as one of the biggest new blockbusters in recent years, breaking 14 New Amsterdam Theatre house records. The North American tour is one of six replica productions currently playing around the world, including on Broadway, in Tokyo, the Netherlands, Mexico City and Germany. Worldwide, Aladdin has welcomed more than 14 million people.
Produced by Disney Theatrical Productions, Aladdin features music by Tony Award and eight-time Oscar® winner Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast, Newsies, Sister Act), lyrics by two-time Oscar winner Howard Ashman (Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid), three-time Tony Award and three-time Oscar winner Tim Rice (Evita, Aida) and six-time Tony Award nominee Chad Beguelin (The Prom, The Wedding Singer), with a book by Beguelin, and is directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Casey Nicholaw (The Book of Mormon).
Aladdin, adapted from the animated Disney film and centuries-old folktales including “One Thousand and One Nights,” is brought to fresh theatrical life in this bold new musical. Aladdin’s journey sweeps audiences into an exotic world of daring adventure, classic comedy and timeless romance. This new production features a full score, including the five cherished songs from the Academy Award-winning soundtrack and more written especially for the stage.
The animated film Aladdin was released by Disney in 1992 and was a critical and box office smash, 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.
Aladdin is designed by seven-time Tony-winning scenic designer Bob Crowley, seven-time Tony-winning lighting designer Natasha Katz, two-time Tony-winning costume designer Gregg Barnes and sound designer Ken Travis.
The production team also includes illusion designers Jim Steinmeyer and Rob Lake, 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. Anne Quart serves as co-producer.
A previous North American tour of Casey Nicholaw’s Broadway production played 1,201 performances in 41 cities date to date, drawing more than 2.7 million people.