James Monroe Iglehart, who won a Tony Award playing what he said was his dream role—the Genie in the Disney Broadway adaptation of Aladdin—is materializing in another Disney project, an animated TV series that spins off from the 2010 animated film Tangled, based on the Grimm fairytale Rapunzel, according to Deadline.com.
The TV series, to be titled Tangled: Before Ever After, will star a raft of Broadway talent: Ashley Judd as Queen Arianna, Eden Espinosa as Cassandra, Richard Kind as Uncle Monty, plus Jeremy Jordan and Sean Hayes. Also: Peter MacNicol, Clancy Brown, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Diedrich Bader, Charles Halford, Steve Blum, Jeff Ross and Jonathan Banks.
They will join original film stars Mandy Moore as Rapunzel, Zachary Levi as Flynn Rider, Jeffrey Tambor as Big Nose, Paul F. Tompkins as Shorty and M.C. Gainey as Captain of the Guards.
The series is set to premiere in 2017 and will be set in the time period immediately following that of the movie.
In other Tangled news, composer Alan Menken and lyricist Glenn Slater, who wrote songs for the original film, wrote three new songs for the screen-to-stage adaptation of Tangled, which premiered Nov. 11, 2015, aboard the Disney Magic cruise ship.
The team is responsible for Sister Act, Leap of Faith, "Home on the Range" and new songs for the Broadway adaptation of Menken and Howard Ashman's The Little Mermaid. With others, Menken wrote Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Newsies, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Little Shop of Horrors, Pocahontas and other shows and movies.
Director Gordon Greenberg helmed the Tangled production team that includes choreographer Connor Gallagher, puppet designer Michael Curry, scenic designer Bradley Kaye and costume designer Paloma Young.
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