THE SCREENING ROOM: A First Look at Disney's Broadway-Bound Aladdin in Rehearsals (Video)
By Playbill Staff
Disney's Aladdin, a stage adaptation of the 1992 Academy Award-winning animated film musical, is in rehearsals for its Nov. 1 premiere at Toronto's Mirvish Theatre, where it will run through Jan. 5, 2014.
As previously reported, Aladdin will open on Broadway March 20, 2014, at the New Amsterdam Theatre. Tony Award winner Casey Nicholaw (The Book of Mormon) directs.
The stage production, which expands the 90-minute film into a two-act format, has music by Alan Menken, lyrics from the film by Tim Rice and the late Howard Ashman, as well as new book and lyrics by Chad Beguelin (The Wedding Singer, Elf).
Menken previously told Playbill.com that the stage production incorporates many ideas he and Ashman conceived for the 1992 film that never made it to the screen. Among them are a trio of Aladdin's friends, Omar, Babkak and Kassim, as well as a handful of early songs including "Proud of Your Boy."
Adam Jacobs and Courtney Reed will co-star as Aladdin and Jasmine, respectively, in a cast that also features James Monroe Iglehart as the Genie and Jonathan Freeman as Jafar.
Mirvish productions has released a video showing the cast and creative team in rehearsals.
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