'Ali Baba Had Them Forty Thieves...' Meet the Full Cast of ALADDIN, Opening Tomorrow on Broadway!
Disney's Aladdin, a new musical comedy based on the Academy Award-winning animated film, opens tomorrow night, March 20th. Produced by Disney Theatrical Productions, the show features music by Tony Award and eight-time Oscar winner Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast, Newsies, Sister Act), lyrics by two-time Oscar winner Howard Ashman (Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid), three-time Tony Award and three-time Oscar winner Tim Rice (Evita, Aida) and two-time Tony Award nominee Chad Beguelin (The Wedding Singer), with a book by Beguelin, and is directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Casey Nicholaw (The Book of Mormon).
Scroll down to learn more about the full company, plus watch interviews with the cast!
Aladdin stars Adam Jacobs (Les Miserables, The Lion King) in the title role, Courtney Reed(In the Heights, Mamma Mia) as Jasmine, James Monroe Iglehart (Memphis, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee) as Genie, and, as Jafar, Tony Award nominee Jonathan Freeman (Mary Poppins, The Producers, She Loves Me) brings to the stage the role he indelibly created in the animated film. The show also stars Brian Gonzales, Brandon O'Neill and Jonathan Schwartz as Aladdin's sidekicks Babkak, Kassim and Omar, Clifton Davis as Sultan and Don Darryl Rivera as Iago. Merwin Foard and Michael James Scott stand by for several principals.
In a cast of 35, Aladdin also features Tia Altinay, Mike Cannon, Andrew Cao, Lauryn Ciardullo,Joshua Dela Cruz,Yurel Echezarreta, Daisy Hobbs, Donald Jones, Jr., Adam Kaokept, Nikki Long,Stanley Martin, Brandt Martinez,Michael Mindlin, Rhea Patterson, Bobby Pestka, Khori Michelle Petinaud, Aleks Pevec, Ariel Reid, Jennifer Rias,Trent Saunders, Jaz Sealey, Dennis Stowe, Marisha Wallace and Bud Weber.
Adam Jacobs has had his wish granted to be playing Aladdin! Broadway: Les Miserables (Marius), The Lion King (Simba). National Tours: Mamma Mia! (Sky), Cinderella (Prince), Les Miserables (Marius), The Lion King (Simba). Favorite regional: Zorro (Zorro) at Alliance Theater (Suzi nomination); Once On This Island (Daniel) at Paper Mill Playhouse; Harvey Milk (Young Harvey) at San Francisco Opera. Thanks to Mom, Dad, Ari, Tara Rubin, Casey, the Disney folks and his supercalifragilistic wife Kelly!
Jonathan Freeman. NYC: Mary Poppins; The Little Mermaid; Beauty And The Beast; The Producers; 42nd Street;On The Town; How To Succeed...; She Loves Me (Tony® Nomination); Platinum; Sherlock Holmes; Finian's Rainbow(Irish Rep.); A Class Act (MTC); Lil' Abner and Of Thee I Sing (City Center Encores); Sail Away and The Mikado (Carnegie Hall). TV/film: Too Big To Fail, "Law And Order," "Gossip Girl," "Shining Time Station," "Remember WENN," The Ice Storm. Jonathan is the voice of Jafar in Disney's animated feature Aladdin.
JAMES MONROE IGLEHART
James Monroe Iglehart originated the role of Bobby in the Tony Award-winning musical Memphis. He was featured on stage and screen in such shows as The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Broadway), The Wiz(Off-Broadway), "The Good Wife" and "The Electric Company" (Silent E Soloist). James is also a member of the hip hop improv group Freestyle Love Supreme. James dedicates his performance to Dawn and his nieces and nephews. This truly is a wish come true!
Courtney Reed was last seen on stage playing Andrea in Once on this Island at Paper Mill Playhouse, directed by Thomas Kail. Broadway: In the Heights (Carla), Mamma Mia!. Television: "Law & Order: SVU," "White Collar," "NYC 22," and "CSI: NY." Proud graduate of the Theatre Conservatory of CCPA at Roosevelt University. She owes everything to Mom, Dad, Tiff and Cam! Special shout-outs to Ba, LeeLee, Kory, B, I, E, and Ben, Tim and Sam at SMS!!!
Brian Gonzales. Broadway: One Man, Two Guv'nors (Francis u/s). Broadway/tour: Shrek (Ensemble, Shrek/Farquaad u/s), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Barfee/Panch/Coneybear u/s). Regional: productions at theatres across the country including Fly at Dallas Theater Center, Aladdin (Babkak) at The 5th Ave Seattle. TV: "Law & Order."
Brandon O'Neill. Stage: The Pirate King, Pirates of Penzance (5th Avenue Theatre - Gregory Award nomination); Hanuman, Ramayana (world premiere, Act Theatre - BWW Award, Seattle Footlight Award); Gabe, First Date (5th Avenue/Act Theatre - Gregory Award nomination). Screen: The Hit List (Dom Estacado); Give 'Em Hell, Malone.
Jonathan Schwartz is thrilled to be part of Aladdin, his favorite Disney film growing up. Broadway: Elf, Spider-Man. Off-Broadway/regional: The Fantasticks, The Graduate. A Princeton grad, Jonathan competed on "The Amazing Race" and arranged/recorded a song for Ben Folds' a cappella album. Special thanks to Casey, BRS, and family and friends for all their love and support!
Clifton Davis is an award-winning veteran of stage, screen and television. He's thrilled to originate the Sultan on Broadway. He's been in seven Broadway shows, was nominated for a Tony® Award and just finished the Broadway tour of Wicked. Films: Any Given Sunday, Cover, Soldiers of Change and Halloweentown High. TV: "Amen," "That's My Mama" and many more! Davis hosts on TBN and is a father, grandfather and minister. Thanks to my wife, Monica, and Headline Talent Agency.
DON DARRYL RIVERA
Don Darryl Rivera is ecstatic to be making his Broadway debut! He originated the role of Iago at The 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle, his hometown. He attained his BFA from Cornish College of the Arts. Much love and many thanks to his family, especially his wife Kate.
Merwin Foard. Broadway: Annie; Addams Family; Disney's The Little Mermaid; Sweeney Todd; La Cage; Assassins; Oklahoma!; Kiss Me, Kate; Jekyll & Hyde; 1776; Disney's Beauty and the Beast; Les Miserables; Mame; and Show Boat. Disney films: Pocahontas, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin and the King of Thieves, Hunchback of Notre Dame, Mulan, Enchanted and Tangled. Merwin is one of three Broadway actors featured in the documentary filmThe Standbys.
MICHAEL JAMES SCOTT
Michael James Scott originated "The Maggots Guy" on Broadway in The Book of Mormon.Broadway: Mamma Mia!, All Shook Up, The Pirate Queen, Tarzan, Hair, Elf. London: Hair (associate choreographer, cast). Off-Broadway: Here's to Joe opposite Donna McKechnie. Int'l/regional: Jerry Springer: The Opera (Carnegie Hall);Fosse (standby Ben Vereen); Jersey Boys (original Vegas company); Shrek the Musical (Donkey). TV/film: "The Carrie Diaries." BFA Webster Univ.
Tia Altinay. Broadway: Mary Poppins, A Christmas Story. National tours: High School Musical, Bombay Dreams, Mamma Mia!. BFA in Music, Dance, Theatre. Special thanks to Mom. Love to Mike, Emily and Mason.
Mike Cannon. Broadway: A Chorus Line (Al), West Side Story (Snowboy), Ghost, The Addams Family, All Shook Up. Film: True Story (Dustin Longo). Love to Amy, Coop and Cam. Thanks to CGF and Tara Rubin Casting!
Andrew Cao. Broadway: Anything Goes, Nice Work If You Can Get It. Regional: West Side Story (Bernardo) at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival. Love to my favorite ladies: daughter Lua and wife Sophie. www.andrewcao.net
Lauryn Ciardullo: Last seen in The Little Mermaid (Paper Mill). Tours: The Addams Family, West Side Story(Maria u/s), A Chorus Line, Wizard of Oz, The Wedding Singer (Holly). Love to The Mine, Philip, Anthony, Joe and Luisa.
JOSHUA DELA CRUZ
Joshua Dela Cruz. Broadway debut. Here Lies Love (The Public Theatre), Merrily We Roll Along (New York City Center Encores!), The King and I (Kansas City Starlight). BFA Montclair State University. Para sa mga mahal ko sa buhay.
Yurel Echezarreta is thrilled to be a part of Aladdin! Broadway: West Side Story (OBC), La Cage aux Folles(OBC), Matilda (Opening Night Company). Film: Last Five Years. Love to family and friends! Thanks to Lisa Price! Get your dreams!
Daisy Hobbs. Broadway debut! National tours: Memphis (Felicia u/s original company). Regional:Disney's Aladdin (5th Ave), Pittsburgh Public, Baltimore CenterStage, Paper Mill Playhouse, MUNY, NYMF '13. B.F.A Carnegie Mellon. For Mommy and Daddy. Love to RM.
DONALD JONES, JR.
Donald Jones, Jr. This New Orleanian recently worked with Donald Byrd at Seattle's Spectrum Dance Theater. Second national tour of The Color Purple, Rent (Benny), A Chorus Line (Richie), and The 5th Avenue Theatre'sOklahoma!. Thanks to family, friends, B and D!
Adam Kaokept. Broadway debut! National tours: Mamma Mia!, Flower Drum Song, Bye Bye Birdie. Off-Broadway: Zanna, Don't!; Radiant Baby. Regional: Cloudlands (South Coast Repertory), Pacific Overtures (Arden Theatre Company), and the title role in Peter Pan. Ithaca College grad.
Nikki Long. The Lion King (Broadway, Gazelle tour), Spamalot (1st national tour), Radio City Rockette (NYC). Regional faves: Aladdin, Elf, Catch Me If You Can, White Christmas. BA from SCU. For my heroes: Dan Kingsley, Canon, Mom and Dad.
Stanley Martin. Credits: international tour of West Side Story (Indio/Chino u/s), tour of Smokey Joe's Café(Ken, Dance Captain). Regional credits: Aladdin (5th Avenue Theatre), Hairspray (Fulton Opera House), King and I, Show Boat (Sacramento Music Circus), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, White Christmas (Walnut Street Theatre).
Brandt Martinez. Disney debut! National tours: Flashdance the Musical. Dance companies: Bad Boys of Dance, City Ballet of San Diego. Love to Em and the family. Thanks to my girls at CESD and Casey for this opportunity.
Michael Mindlin. Broadway credits: Bring It On, 9 to 5, Mamma Mia!, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Michael is also a choreographer and guest instructor at Broadway Dance Center in NYC. Love to LFCR.
Rhea Patterson. From Midlothian, VA. BFA in Dance, University of the Arts; MA in Arts Administration, Goucher College. Broadway: Wicked, Guys and Dolls. Tours: Sweet Charity. Commercials: Time Warner Cable, Amica Auto Insurance. So thankful.
Bobby Pestka. Broadway: Bombay Dreams, Flower Drum Song. Other: Roundabout's Anything Goes (tour), Radio City Christmas Spectacular (NYC), The Producers (film), and Across the Universe. Point Park University graduate. Love to my family, friends and W. For my sister, Janet.
Aleks Pevec feels extremely proud to be a part of this show. Broadway: Catch Me If You Can, Evita, The Who's Tommy in Los Angeles. A huge thank you to Casey. This one is for his Mom & Dad. Pura vida!
KHORI MICHELLE PETINAUD
Khori Michelle Petinaud. Broadway debut! Credits: The Color Purple, Mary Poppins, Evita, Sweet Charity, The Broadway Dance Lab. Glory to God! Love you Mom and Dad! Waynie, my husband, forever I'll love you! Love to CTG, Goodness, family and friends!
Ariel Reid. Broadway credits: Spamalot (original company), Elf. Other theatre credits include Moscow/first national tour of 42nd Street, Minsky's, Radio Girl, Prophet in Pink (NY Fringe Festival). Film: Hairspray, Cadillac Records.
Jennifer Rias. Broadway: Rock of Ages (Dance Captain). N.Y.: Shakespeare in the Park's Into the Woods(Lucinda/Dance Captain), Radio City Rockette. Stratford: Anita in West Side Story. First national tours: Spamalot, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. TV: Boardwalk Empire. Film: Last Five Years.
Trent Saunders. Broadway debut. Trent just finished touring internationally with Green Day's American Idiot (St. Jimmy). Graduate of UMiami '12. Happily AEA. Love to the whole family and the brothers.
Jaz Sealey. Jesus Christ Superstar (Broadway); Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots (La Jolla Playhouse);Twelfth Night, The Misanthrope, Kiss Me Kate, Evita (Stratford Shakespeare Festival); Dirty Dancing (Mirvish). Jaz is from Winnipeg, Canada. Love to my Mignon. Habbagoodah Mom!
Dennis Stowe. Broadway: Annie, Leap of Faith, Shrek, The Apple Tree, The Wedding Singer, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Wonderful Town and Man of La Mancha.
Marisha Wallace. Broadway debut! National tour: The Book of Mormon. Off-Broadway: Sistas!. Regional:Oklahoma! (Ado Annie), One Night with Janis Joplin (Blues Singer), Dreamgirls (Effie). ECU alum! Thanks to God, family, Michael, Casey and love Dom!
Bud Weber is thrilled to be part of Aladdin! Previous credits include Wicked and The Book of Mormon. Thank you to the creatives, Abrams Artists and Boston Conservatory. Big love to his friends and family for their support.