Expanded Stage Production of Disney's Aladdin Will Play Utah's Tuacahn

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The new stage adaptation of the 1992 Disney animated musical Aladdin, which debuted in Seattle last summer, will get a fresh production at Utah's Tuacahn Amphitheatre beginning in June.

Tuacahn artistic director Scott S. Anderson will stage the production that is set to run in repertory with Hairspray through October. The company also presented the post-Broadway regional premieres of Disney's The Little Mermaid and Tarzan. Deanna Dys will choreograph.

A new creative team will be assembled for the Utah production.

The two-hour and 15-minute stage adaptation incorporates the Academy Award-winning songs from the 1992 film, penned by composer Alan Menken (Sister Act, Leap of Faith, Newsies) and lyricists Howard Ashman (Little Shop of Horrors, The Little Mermaid) and Tim Rice (Evita, Jesus Christ Superstar), with a new book by Chad Beguelin (The Wedding Singer), who has also penned new lyrics along with Menken. Aladdin also restores several songs that were cut prior to the original film release.

Casting for the Tuacahn staging has not been announced.

The new adaptation of Aladdin premiered at Seattle's 5th Avenue Theatre July 7, 2011, with Tony Award-winning Book of Mormon co-director-choreographer Casey Nicholaw at the helm. Other versions of the Disney property have been staged in recent years, some of which are available for licensing. Disney California Adventure Park also showcases Disney's Aladdin: A Musical Spectacular, and in 2009 Houston's Theatre Under the Stars debuted a pilot production of a dual-language version of Aladdin. Other versions of Disney's Aladdin have been available for years through Music Theatre International's Kids and Junior series.

The Tuacahn production is staged in special arrangement with Disney Theatrical Productions and Music Theater International.

Visit Tuacahn.org.

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