Adam Jacobs, who originated the title role in Disney‘s Broadway adaptation of the animated musical film Aladdin, leaves the Broadway company after the February 12 performance to head the cast of the upcoming North American tour.
The tour begins performances in Chicago at Broadway in Chicago’s Cadillac Palace Theatre April 11. Further dates are yet to be announced.
Jacobs has played Aladdin on Broadway since the show opened in 2014 and has ridden the magic carpet more than 1,000 times.. He earned a Drama Desk Award nomination as Outstanding Actor in a Musical for his performance. He will be succeeded on an interim basis by his understudy, Joshua Dela Cruz.
Tickets are now on sale for the Chicago tour engagement at the Broadway in Chicago box offices at 24 W. Randolph St., 151 W. Randolph St., 18 W. Monroe St., and 175 E. Chestnut. They can also be ordered by calling (800) 775-2000, online via Ticketmaster or at www.BroadwayInChicago.com.
Watch highlights from Broadway's Aladdin below:
Telly Leung, who returned to Broadway's In Transit January 31 after a leave of absence, will join the cast of the musical Aladdin in the title role, sources previously told Playbill.com. A spokesperson for producer Disney Theatricals declined to comment on the report. The date of Leung's arrival in the Disney hit was not announced.
Leung, who had a featured role on the TV series Glee, made his Broadway debut in the 2002 revival of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Flower Drum Song. He appeared in the 2011 revival of Godspell and was featured opposite George Takei in his 2015 Broadway musical Allegiance.
(Updated February 10, 2017)