Disney's Aladdin, the hit musical based on the 1992 animated film of the same name, celebrates its eighth anniversary on Broadway March 20. The musical opened at the New Amsterdam Theatre, where it continues, March 20, 2014.
The cast is currently led by Michael Maliakel, making his Broadway debut in the title role, Michael James Scott as Genie, Shoba Narayan as Jasmine, and Dennis Stowe as Jafar with Milo Alosi, Zach Bencal, and Brad Weinstock as Aladdin’s sidekicks Kassim, Babkak, and Omar, respectively; JC Montgomery as Sultan; and Don Darryl Rivera as Iago. Juwan Crawley, Mark DiConzo, Frank Viveros, and Jonathan Weir stand by for several principals.
The ensemble includes Tia Altinay, Michael Callahan, Alicia Charles, Mathew deGuzman, Brian Dillon, Josh Drake, Samantha Farrow, Carissa Fiorillo, Keisha Gilles, Jacob Gutierrez, Wes Hart, Paul Heesang Miller, Cameron Hobbs, April Holloway, Heather Makalani, Pierre Marais, Amber Owens, Jamie Kasey Patterson, Bobby Pestka, Ariel Reid, Tyler Roberts, Jaz Sealey, Angelo Soriano, Charles South, Cassidy Stoner, and Alec Varcas.
In the 2,679 performances comprising Aladdin’s run so far (including the March 20 matinee and evening performances), Aladdin and Jasmine have flown over 88 miles on the magic carpet while singing the Oscar-winning “A Whole New World;” the Genie has set off nearly 100,000 pyrotechnics in the show-stopping “Friend Like Me;” and in the Act Two opener, “Prince Ali,” the cast and wardrobe team have made over 185,000 lightning-fast costume quick changes.
The stage production, which expands the 90-minute film into a two-act format, has music by Alan Menken, lyrics by the late Howard Ashman and Tim Rice, and a book and additional lyrics by Chad Beguelin. Nicholaw directs and choreographs.
Aladdin began previews at the New Amsterdam February 26, 2014. The musical was nominated for five 2014 Tony Awards, including Best Musical. James Monroe Iglehart won the Tony for his performance as the Genie. The musical reopened September 28, 2021, following the pandemic-related Broadway shutdown.
Aladdin is designed by Tony-winning scenic designer Bob Crowley, Tony-winning lighting designer Natasha Katz, Tony-winning costume designer Gregg Barnes, and sound designer Ken Travis.
The production team also includes illusion designer Jim Steinmeyer and hair designer Josh Marquette. The music team is headed by music supervisor and music director Michael Kosarin, who also created the vocal and incidental music arrangements, joined by orchestrator Danny Troob and dance music arranger Glen Kelly.