Trevor Dion Nicholas, Aladdin’s London Genie since the musical opened in 2016, will join the show’s U.S. national tour for a limited engagement this summer, during which time he’ll play his hometown of Pittsburgh, before returning to the West End.
Nicholas will change places with tour Genie Michael James Scott, who will play the role in the London production August 17–September 30. This marks Scott's return to the London stage for the first time since he made his West End debut in the Broadway transfer of Hair at the Gielgud Theatre in 2010.
Scott said in a statement, “Playing this iconic role of Genie has taken me all over the world, something I never even dreamed of. My ‘Genie Brother’ Trevor Dion Nicholas has raved about his time in London, so to be a part of this awesome Genie swap and return to play the West End again is an enormous Genie-sized gift. I just can’t wait!”
Nicholas added, “My time here in the West End has been absolutely incredible so far, and I am beyond proud to call London my new home. Still, being presented with the chance to perform this phenomenal show as Genie in Pittsburgh is something I cannot pass up. In a city so close to where I grew up, having an audience full of family and friends, is another dream come true. Michael James Scott is such a wonderful performer and friend to me, I know he and the London audiences will have an absolute blast with each other this summer!”
Aladdin opened to critical acclaim at the Prince Edward Theatre June 15, 2016. Tickets are now on sale for performances up to and including February 9, 2019, for individuals and June 1, 2019, for groups. The musical is now in its fifth record-breaking year on Broadway at the New Amsterdam Theatre.
The stage production, which expands the 90-minute film into a two-act format, features music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice, and a book and additional lyrics by Chad Beguelin. Casey Nicholaw directs and choreographs.