Confirmed! Disney's Aladdin to Play Seattle's 5th Avenue in July 2011
BroadwayWorld.com's Seattle sources have exclusively confirmed for us that Disney's Aladdin will indeed open at Seattle's 5th Avenue Theatre in July of 2011. The stage production will feature all the songs from the film as well as restored songs from early drafts of the score.
A new book has been developed by Chad Beguelin (ELF, ALL ABOUT ME, THE WEDDING SINGER), and the show will be directed and choreographed by Casey Nicholaw (THE BOOK OF MORMON, ELF, ALL ABOUT ME, TO BE OR NOT TO BE, THE DROWSY CHAPERONE, SPAMALOT). We're told that at this time, this is NOT a pre-Broadway tryout, but instead is intended for licensing to professional and regional theatres.
The film of Aladdin, featuring a score by Alan Menken and lyrics by both Howard Ashman and Tim Rice was released by Disney in 1992 and was the most successful film of the year, earning $217 million in the United States and over $504 million worldwide.
The film starred Scott Weinger, Robin Williams, Jonathan Freeman, Linda Larkin, Frank Welker,Gilbert Gottfried, Douglas Seale and Jim Cummings and also featured the singing voice of Tony winner Lea Salonga.
PC: I was just talking to Don Hahn about all the great cut songs you wrote with Howard for ALADDIN. Could you tell me about those?
AM: We're getting them back!
PC: How so?
AM: We're doing a stage musical of ALADDIN and all those songs are going to be in it.
PC: How wonderful! Tell me everything! Who's doing the adaptation with you?
AM: Chad Beguelin wrote the book. He did a fantastic job. He and I also wrote a new song that will be going in, along with a lot of the cut Howard Ashman songs and some of the cut Tim Rice songs, and a song that I wrote music and lyrics for that was in the theatrical adaptation at California Adventure.
PC: That's quite a team, then - you, Ashman, Rice, Beguelin! Will it be substantially different from the film?
AM: It has more of the feeling of a Hope & Crosby road picture - which is what Howard and I originally wanted for the musical. We are going to try it out, hopefully, next summer.
PC: Do you have a design team in place yet? It will be especially important for a stage ALADDIN, I would think.
AM: No, not yet.
In the film, Aladdin, a clever street urchin, is wrongly accused of kidnapping the beautiful Princess Jasmine and locked away in a dungeon, leading him to a cave of wonders and the discovery of a magical lamp. One rub of the lamp releases a larger-than-life, fun-loving Genie ready to grant Aladdin three wishes. Together, they make their way into the city of Agraba, where the devious, power-hungry Jafar and his parrot Iago are threatening to take over the kingdom. Aladdin and his newfound friends must now use their wits-and three wishes-to outsmart the villains and save the kingdom in this musical adventure full of unforgettable songs and lovable characters.