Disney Theatrical Productions’ North American tour of Aladdin begins performances April 11 at Chicago's Cadillac Palace Theatre (151 W. Randolph Street) prior to an official opening April 19.
Adam Jacobs, who originated the title role in Aladdin on Broadway, plays the same part on tour. He is joined by Anthony Murphy (Genie), Isabelle McCalla (Jasmine), Jonathan Weir (Jafar), Reggie De Leon (Iago), JC Montgomery (Sultan), Zachary Bencal (Babkak), Philippe Arroyo (Omar), Mike Longo (Kassim), Korie Lee Blossey (standby Genie and Sultan), Ellis C. Dawson III (standby Genie and Babkak), and Adam Stevenson (standby Jafar & Sultan).
Rounding out the cast are Mary Antonini, Michael Bullard, Michael Callahan, Bobby Daye, Lissa deGuzman, Mathew deGuzman, Olivia Donalson, Michael Everett, Karlee Ferreira, Michael Graceffa, Clinton Greenspan, Adrienne Howard, Albert Jennings, Kenway Hon Wai K. Kua, Jason MacDonald, Angelina Mullins, Celina Nightengale, Kameron Richardson, Jaz Sealey, Charles South, Manny Stark, Annie Wallace, and Michelle West.
The stage production, which expands the 90-minute film into a two-act format, has music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice, and book and additional lyrics by Chad Beguelin. Casey Nicholaw directs and choreographs.
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 seven-time Tony-winning scenic designer Bob Crowley, six-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, 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.
The tour will go on to play engagements in Minneapolis, Seattle, and more. In Chicago, tickets are available at all Broadway In Chicago Box Offices (24 W. Randolph St., 151 W. Randolph St., 18 W. Monroe St. and 175 E. Chestnut), the Broadway In Chicago Ticket Line at (800) 775-2000, all Ticketmaster retail locations, and online at BroadwayInChicago.com.
Aladdin continues on Broadway at the New Amsterdam Theatre.