Lissa deGuzman will step into the role of Jasmine in the North American touring production of Disney’s Aladdin beginning August 8 in Buffalo, where the hit Broadway musical will play a two-week engagement at Shea’s Performing Arts Center through August 19.
DeGuzman, who previously understudied the role, succeeds original tour cast member Isabelle McCalla, who will play her final performance August 5 in Boston at The Boston Opera House. DeGuzman has previously been seen in regional productions of West Side Story at Studio Tenn, Fiddler on the Roof at The Muny, and Chasing Rainbows at Goodspeed Opera House.
The touring production also features Clinton Greenspan as Aladdin, Michael James Scott as Genie, Jonathan Weir as Jafar, Jay Paranada as Iago, Jerald Vincent as Sultan, Philippe Arroyo as Omar, Zach Bencal as Babkak, Jed Feder as Kassim, Korie Lee Blossey as Standby Genie and Sultan, Ellis C. Dawson III as Standby Genie and Babkak, and Adam Stevenson as Standby Jafar and Sultan.
Rounding out the cast are Michael Callahan, Gary Cooper, Cornelius Davis, Bobby Daye, Mathew deGuzman, Brian Dillon, Olivia Donalson, Gaby Gamache, Erik Hernandez, Orianna Hilliard, Adrienne Howard, Albert Jennings, Kenway Hon Wai K. Kua, Jason Scott MacDonald, Pierre Marais, Charles McCall, Angelina Mullins, Celina Nightengale, Charles South, Cassidy Stoner, Liv Symone, Annie Wallace, Michelle West, and Zach Williams.
Following the Buffalo engagement, Aladdin will play 20 new cities on tour during the 2018–2019 season, including Atlanta, Charlotte, Columbus, Costa Mesa, Dallas, Des Moines, Detroit, Houston, Louisville, New Orleans, Omaha, Pittsburgh, Portland, Sacramento, St. Louis, Salt Lake City, San Diego, San Jose, Tempe, and Washington, D.C. Additional cities will be announced.
Produced by Disney Theatrical Productions, under the direction of Thomas Schumacher, 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 four-time Tony Award nominee Chad Beguelin, with a book by Beguelin, and is directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Casey Nicholaw.