Disney'sAladdin, 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.
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.
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.
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