THE SCREENING ROOM: Meet Jonathan Freeman, Aladdin's Jafar (Video)
By Michael Gioia
Disney's Aladdin, starring Adam Jacobs as charming street rat Aladdin and Courtney Reed as misunderstood princess Jasmine, opened at Broadway's New Amsterdam Theatre March 20. Meet Jonathan Freeman, the show's Jafar, in Disney's Artist Spotlight video series.
James Monroe Iglehart, of Broadway's Memphis, reprises his show-stopping performance as the Genie, and Freeman, who voiced the nefarious villain Jafar in the 1992 film and reprised his performance on stage, again plays that role.
Tony Award-winning director-choreographer Casey Nicholaw (The Book of Mormon) is at the helm of Aladdin, which — through bright colors and flashy choreography — takes audiences to the Middle East.
Brian Gonzales, Brandon O'Neill and Jonathan Schwartz play Aladdin's sidekicks Babkak, Kassim and Omar, respectively, and Tony nominee Clifton Davis plays the Sultan with Don Darryl Rivera as Iago. Merwin Foard and Michael James Scott standby for several principals.
Rounding out the cast are Tia Altinay, Mike Cannon, Andrew Cao, Lauryn Ciardullo, Joshua Dela Cruz, Yurel Echezarreta, Daisy Hobbs, Donald Jones, Jr., Adam Kaokept, Nikki Long, Stanley Martin, Brandt Martinez, Michael Mindlin, Rhea Patterson, Bobby Pestka, Khori Petinaud, Aleks Pevec, Ariel Reid, Jennifer Rias, Trent Saunders, Jaz Sealey, Dennis Stowe, Marisha Wallace and Bud Weber.
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