The hit Disney musical Aladdin celebrates nine years at Broadway's New Amsterdam Theatre March 20. It opened on Broadway in 2014.
Aladdin also recently joined the Top 20 longest-running Broadway productions when it surpassed the original run of the Tony-winning Jerry Herman musical Hello, Dolly!. It joined two other long-running Disney hits that were already on the list, The Lion King and Beauty and the Beast.
The Broadway company of Aladdin is currently headed by Jacob Dickey in the title role, Michael James Scott as the Genie, Sonya Balsara as Jasmine, and Jonathan Weir as Jafar. (Dickey and Weir are covering temporary leaves for, respectively, Michael Maliakel and Dennis Stowe.)
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In the 3,093 performances comprising Aladdin’s run so far, 4.3 million theatregoers have been treated to several special effects: Aladdin and Jasmine have flown over 100 miles on the magic carpet while singing the Oscar-winning SONG “A Whole New World”; the Genie has set off over 115,000 pyrotechnics in “Friend Like Me”; and in the Act Two opener “Prince Ali,” the cast and wardrobe team have made more than 200,000 costume quick changes.
Watch the Broadway company celebrate its ninth anniversary in the photos below.
The Aladdin cast also features 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. Korie Lee Blossey, Jeremy Gaston, and Wes Hart stand by for several principals.
The ensemble includes Zare Anguay, Nicole Athill, Keely Beirne, Netanel Bellaishe, Michael Callahan, Mathew deGuzman, Mark DiConzo, Brian Dillon, Max B. Ehrlich, Samantha Farrow, Carissa Fiorillo, Keisha Gilles, April Holloway, Cameron Jackson, Heather Makalani, Pierre Marais, Bobby Pestka, Ariel Reid, Tyler Roberts, Jaz Sealey, Marcus Shane, Angelo Soriano, Jacob Taylor Sparks, Cassidy Stoner, Katie Terza, Brittany Nicole William, and David Wright Jr.
Disney's Aladdin, based on the 1992 animated film of the same name, opened at the New Amsterdam March 20, 2014.
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. Casey Nicholaw, also represented on Broadway with Some Like It Hot and The Book of Mormon, 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, hair designer Josh Marquette, and makeup designer Milagros Medina-Cerdeira. 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.
The musical is produced by Disney Theatrical Productions, under the direction of Thomas Schumacher. Anne Quart serves as co-producer.