Casey Nicholaw’s smash-hit spectacular Aladdin flew into the Prince Edward Theatre, after taking Broadway by storm. Bringing the bright and vibrant Arabian Nights to life, Disney introduces yet another popular stage adaptation to the West End, following the hugely successful The Lion King. Nominated for a staggering five Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Aladdin promises to be an entirely magical musical.
Based on the tale from 1001 Arabian Nights and adapted by Chad Beguelin (Elf the Musical), Aladdin tells the story of a young and hopeful street urchin who steals to live. When he stumbles across a magic lamp and the even more magic Genie inside it, he has the opportunity to make all of his dreams come true. After he meets and falls in love with the beautiful Princess Jasmine, Aladdin is determined to win her heart, with a little help from the very generous Genie.
Dean John-Wilson, finalist from Britain’s Got Talent and upcoming musical theatre star, leads the cast as Aladdin, alongside former Sugababe Jade Ewen as Princess Jasmine, who is currently wowing critics as Vanessa in In the Heights. Trevor Dion Nicholas makes his West End debut as the Genie, after understudying the role in the Broadway production. Further cast members include Don Gallagher (Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, The Producers) as Jafar, Peter Howe (Matilda the Musical, Lord of the Rings) as Iago, Irvine Iqbal (Bombay Dreams) as the Sultan and Nathan Amzi (In the Heights) as Babkak.
With wonderfully memorable music by eight-time Academy Award winner and Disney maestro Alan Menken and lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice, Aladdin includes many of the original songs from the 1992 film. Popular songs include ‘One Jump Ahead’, ‘Friend Like Me’, ‘Prince Ali’ and the Oscar and Grammy Award-winning ‘A Whole New World’. Songs that were cut from the animation, such as ‘Proud of Your Boy’ feature in this new, dazzling musical, alongside some entirely new songs that will delight and entertain even the most adamant Aladdin fans. The production features design by six-time Tony Award-winning Bob Crowley, lighting design by Natasha Katz, sound by Ken Travis and costume by Gregg Barnes.
Fans of The Lion King will love this new Disney venture, which features many of the original songs from the film. Those who enjoy musical theatre will love the new songs that feature in the score.