Aladdin Brings First Lady Michelle Obama on a Magic Carpet Ride in White House Performance

News   Aladdin Brings First Lady Michelle Obama on a Magic Carpet Ride in White House Performance
 
On July 10 First Lady Michelle Obama welcomed Aladdin stars Adam Jacobs (Aladdin), James Monroe Iglehart (Genie), Courtney Reed (Jasmine) and several members of the ensemble to perform a selection of highlights from the hit musical at The White House Kids' State Dinner. The performance garnered a standing ovation, with the First Lady thanking the cast, calling the performance “perfection.” She even joined in on a sing-along version of one of the show’s most popular number, “Friend Like Me.”

Produced on Broadway by Disney Theatrical Productions, Aladdin opened to critical acclaim March 20, 2014, at the New Amsterdam Theatre, where it continues. The show features music by Tony Award and eight-time Oscar winner Alan Menken, lyrics by two-time Oscar winner Howard Ashman, three-time Tony Award and three-time Oscar winner Tim Rice and two-time Tony Award nominee Chad Beguelin, with a book by Beguelin. The musical is directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Casey Nicholaw.

Here's how the musical is billed: "Aladdin, adapted from the Disney film and centuries-old folktales including 'One Thousand and One Nights' is brought to fresh theatrical life in this exuberant new musical. Aladdin's journey will sweep 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."

Aladdin is designed by six-time Tony-winning scenic designer Bob Crowley, three-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 designer Jim Steinmeyer and hair designer Josh Marquette. 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.

Visit AladdinBroadway.com.

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