Aladdin on broadway

Disney’s Aladdin on Broadway “A Whole New World” Music Video

Broadway’s Aladdin and Jasmine, played by Adam Jacobs and Courtney Reed, share their backstage journey from rehearsals to the stage of the New Amsterdam Theatre as part of this music video for ‘A Whole New World.’ Jacobs recently met up with Playbill’s Seth Rudetsky for… Read More »Disney’s Aladdin on Broadway “A Whole New World” Music Video

Disney’s Aladdin on Broadway adds Fun photo-op

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The entrance to the Amsterdam theater in New York City’s Times Square used to feature a giant purple ad, that featured the genie-inspired logo for the musical. When I was there, patrons and even just passers-by on the streets would stop to take a photo on the wall.

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Disney has now upgraded that wall to make it an actual photo-op featuring the Cave of Wonders and a magic lamp. Watch the installation video here:

There’s a whole amazing scene to take your photos with, but people seem to be focusing on the magic lamp:

and #selfie, of course:
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A backstage pass to Disney’s Aladdin on Broadway

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The cast of Disney’s Aladdin on Broadway recently took to Reddit for an AMA (ask me anything) session. Adam Jacobs (Aladdin), James Monroe Iglehart (Genie), and Jonathan Freeman (Jafar) responded to fans questions. The whole interview is worth reading, but here are some of the highlights:

When was the last time they let their heart decide? James responded with a story from his recent trip to Walt Disney World:

I let my heart decide whether to go on Space Mountain or the new Seven Dwarves Mine Ride and Fantasy Land? I went on Seven Dwarves, because that was the coolest roller coaster I’ve been on in a LONG time. It shouldn’t be cool, and you expect because it’s Snow White it’ll be all kiddie and stuff, and the minute you go down, it’s not a regular thing – it was a good hard decision.

Where James’ take on The Genie comes from:

the AMAZING, Late Great Howard Ashman – he is the mind, the brain, behind Aladdin, the idea of it to be a Disney film. His original idea for the Genie was to be more like Cab Calloway and Fats Waller – and so because I’m such a huge fan of Robin Williams, and he’s such a legend, I didn’t want to touch his material. No one can be Robin. Only Robin. So when they told me about Howard’s original idea, I didn’t feel so afraid to make it my own, because that world – Cab Calloway, Fats Waller – that swing music – I know that world. And also, our wonderful director Casey Nicholaw, he told me to find my own Genie. So I started doing all the silly things I think are funny. What you see onstage is me with the volume onstage turned up to about 30. So I got to be as silly as I want to be, while still paying homage to the film. I saw the film when I was 17, in 1992, and i’m a HUGE fan, so I wanted to give play to that.

Jonathan Freeman (who also voiced Jafar in the movie) on stealing form the movie for Jafar:

Good point. I do try to steal a little bit of Jafar’s physicality from the film, since i’m not that much like him physically, I do try to steal what I can – because I think that was really a huge part of it.

I can’t get enough of Disney’s Aladdin. I hope to get up to NYC soon to take in a show for myself. But in the meantime, I’m happy that ABC7 in NYC has shared this backstage look at the musical.Read More »A backstage pass to Disney’s Aladdin on Broadway

Disney’s Aladdin on Broadway Soundtrack now Available

Disney is making magic again on Broadway. Aladdin is the surprise hit of the season with audiences flocking to the show the delivers a bit of classic Broadway entertainment, with all the technical still of modern theater. It has a terrific score with music from… Read More »Disney’s Aladdin on Broadway Soundtrack now Available