Telly Leung, seen on Broadway earlier this year in the a cappella musical In Transit, joined the cast of Broadway's Aladdin in the title role June 13 at the New Amsterdam Theatre. The actor participated in a FB Live event with the New York Times June 28 in celebration of Pride Month.
Leung, who made his Broadway debut in the 2002 revival of Flower Drum Song, performed Aladdin's "Proud of Your Boy" before discussing his personal journey as an openly gay actor, including his recent marriage to his partner of 12 years, James Babcock.
Watch Leung's performance below and hear why he had to come out to his parents twice.
Leung's other Broadway credits include the new musical Allegiance, the revival of Pacific Overtures, and the final Broadway company of Rent. He originated the role of Boq in the Chicago production of Wicked and played Dalton Academy Warbler Wes on Fox’s Glee.
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The cast of Aladdin also currently features Courtney Reed as Jasmine, Major Attaway as Genie, and Tony nominee Jonathan Freeman as Jafar. Steel Burkhardt, Brian Gonzales, and Brad Weinstock play Aladdin’s sidekicks Kassim, Babkak, and Omar, Clifton Davis is Sultan, and Don Darryl Rivera is Iago. Juwan Crawley, James Moye, and Deonté L. Warren stand by for several principals.