Rialto Chatter: ALADDIN to Hit Broadway Spring of 2014 with 'Major New Player' on Creative Team
As BroadwayWorld reported yesterday, MARY POPPINS will close on Broadway in the Spring of 2013 to make way for renovations at the New Amsterdam Theater, followed by its next tenant "A musical adaptation of the company's 1992 animated film "Aladdin," according to two Broadway theater executives. Now according to The Wrap, the show will arrive in spring 2014.
ALADDIN enjoyed productions at both 5th Avenue in Seattle and was the best-attended production at The Muny in St. Louis this summer, featuring Tony nominees Robin De Jesus and John Tartaglia as Aladdin and the Genie, respectively.
Brent Lang and Lisa Fung write: 'the version of "Aladdin" that hits Broadway next year will be substantially overhauled and will not be a transfer of the 5th Avenue production, the individual said. That show was seen as a pilot production, designed to test the new book and additional score material. The Broadway production will involve a major new key player on the creative team.'
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Alan Menken revealed back in August 2012 that ALADDIN was being prepped for a Broadway run. Based on the Disney film by the same name, Aladdin features a book by Chad Beguelin, music by Menken, and lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice, with additional lyrics by Chad Beguelin.