"The heart and wit of the timeless tale of Aladdin, the Genie and those three wishes are beloved by cultures across the globe," said Thomas Schumacher, president and producer of Disney Theatrical Productions, in a statement. "We look forward to bringing Casey Nicholaw's joyous, spectacular production to Japan in partnership with our valued friends at Shiki."
Chiyoki Yoshida, president and representative director, Shiki Theatre Company, added, "I am very honored to be able to bring Aladdin to Japan as its first production outside of Broadway. Shiki Theatre Company and Disney will celebrate our 20th year of partnership next year. Aladdin is sure to open a door to 'a whole new world' for the live entertainment industry in Japan."
Produced on Broadway by Disney Theatrical Productions, Aladdin opened March 20 at the New Amsterdam Theatre. The show features music by Tony Award and eight-time Oscar winner Alan Menken, lyrics by two-time Oscar winner Howard Ashman, three-time Tony Award and three-time Oscar winner Tim Rice and two-time Tony Award nominee Chad Beguelin, with a book by Beguelin.
Lyrics will be translated into Japanese by Chikae Takahashi, who worked on the Japanese translation for Disney's animated feature film "Frozen."
Tony Award winner Casey Nicholaw directed and choreographed Aladdin. The Tokyo production will be cast locally in Japan and will be performed in Japanese.
Aladdin will mark the fifth collaboration between Disney Theatrical Productions and Shiki Theatre Company, following the successful and current runs of Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, Aida and The Little Mermaid. Sixteen million people have seen a Disney musical produced by Shiki, resulting in cumulative runs of nearly 5,000 performances for Beauty and the Beast and 9,000 performances for their two concurrent productions of The Lion King.