Music Theatre International has licensed Aladdin as part of its popular "Junior" series for several years and, along with Disney Theatricals, has granted TUTS the rights to test out a pilot production of Aladdin that incorporates English and Spanish. The limited engagement, presented free to the public, will play through June 11 at the Miller Outdoor Theater, with a special concert presentation of the musical on June 12 in downtown Houston.
"Houston is such a perfect city for a musical like this. Many families really value the benefits of a bi-lingual education and we're very proud to produce a show that so many people can enjoy. Community outreach is a hugely important part of our mission at TUTS and Disney's Aladdin: Dual Language Edition is a perfect vehicle for TUTS to reach into the Hispanic community," said TUTS director of education and outreach Bob Lawson.
The dual-language production of Aladdin has been constructed so that Aladdin speaks only English, Princess Jasmine only Spanish, while Jafar will speak both languages, and Rajar the tiger and Abu the money will act as translators for the young lovers.
Based on the 1992 Disney animated film, Aladdin has music by Academy Award winner Alan Menken, with lyrics by Tim Rice and the late Howard Ashman, Spanish lyrics by Walterio Pezqueira and book by Jim Luigs and Jose Cruz Gonzalez.
Rozie Curtis directs the TUTS production that will feature Christian Warner (The Lion King) as Aladdin, Sandy Valles as Jasmine, Stacie Bonura as the Genie, Drew Jones as Jafar, Johnathan Luna as Raja, Trey Curtis as Razu, Heather White as Iago and Mallory Bechtel as Abu. Shay Rodgers will choreograph. The ensemble includes Alyssa Arizpe, Nicole Baker, Michael Bevan, Carrie Cook, Sydney Crofton, Adelaide Daniel, Chandler Dunham, Traci Fowler, Leila Jammal, Mary Jammal, Drew Jones, Austin Karkowsky, Susana Lacouture, Dylan Lambert, Donovan Linsey, Miho Maeda, McKenna Marmolejo, Macie Mateja, Jordan McClaughlin, McCall Montz, Caterina Nasr, Elizabeth Peacock, Trevor Rex, Jessica Riojas, Sydney Roberts, Lyric Smith, Janie Stewart, Alex Stone, Caroline Taylor, Chris Tipps, Emily Thompson, Ian Tonroy, Emily Wallace, Abby Weeks, Mason Woods and Jayce Williams.
The 1992 animated film of "Aladdin" earned Academy Awards for Best Score and Best Song ("A Whole New World"). Among the talents who lent their voices to the film were Tony winner Lea Salonga, Brad Kane, Robin Williams and Gilbert Gottfried. The score includes the songs "Friend Like Me," "Arabian Nights" and "One Jump Ahead."
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