PLAYBILL PICKS: Breakout Performances of the 2013-14 Broadway Season

By Playbill Staff
26 Apr 2014

James Monroe Iglehart
Photo by Cylla von Tiedemann
Where has James Monroe Iglehart been hiding? In Disney's Aladdin, the actor — who has been seen on Broadway in Memphis and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee — emerged from his magic lamp and stole the show as the Genie. The energetic number "Friend Like Me," where Iglehart demonstrated his talents as a triple-threat performer — singing, dancing, disappearing, performing a medley of classic Disney hits and more — received standing ovations during press nights of Aladdin. He also shines as he opens the show with "Arabian Nights" and the second act with "Prince Ali." Click here to learn more about Iglehart, whose niece recorded the moment he received the news that he would star as the Genie, in Disney's Artist Spotlight video series.