Robin De Jesus, John Tartaglia, et al. Star in Muny's ALADDIN, Opening Tonight!
Tony® Nominees Robin De Jesus and John Tartaglia star as Aladdin and the Genie, respectively. Joining them will be Jason Graae as Omar, Curtis Holbrook as Iago, Francis Jue as Kassim, Eddie Korbich as Babkak, Samantha Massell as Jasmine, Ken Page as the Sultan, and Thom Sesma as Jafar.
Based on the Disney film by the same name, Aladdin features a book by Chad Beguelin, music by Alan Menken, and lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice, with additional lyrics by Chad Beguelin. The Disney film was written by Ron Clements, John Musker, Ted Elliott & Terry Rossio, and directed & produced by Ron Clements & Jon Musker.
"We are thrilled to produce this enchanting new musical on our grand stage," commented Executive Producer Mike Isaacson. "I can't wait for this amazing group of actors to work with Gary and Alex to create Muny magic for our audience."
The Muny's production features scenic design by Michael Anania, sound design by Jason Krueger, lighting design by Seth Jackson, and costume design by Mara Blumenfeld. Greg Anthony serves as the musical director, and the production stage manager is Nevin Hedley.
Robin De Jesus (Aladdin) is a two time Tony® Award Nominee for the Broadway Musicals In The Heights and La Cage Aux Folles. He was also seen in the Broadway musical Rent. Robin has worked at Papermill Playhouse, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, McCarter, The Public, NYTW, The Barrow Group and more. He has a appeared on TV in Law and Order: SVU and How to Make It In America. He is best known for his role in the movie Camp. Other films include Gun Hill Road, Fat Girls, Pet the Goat and the upcoming films Elliot Loves, Bert, Arnie's Guide to Adventure and Hairbrained, in which he stars alongside Brendan Fraser and Alex Wolff.
John Tartaglia (Genie) is known to millions of families around the world as "Johnny" from Disney's Johnny and the Sprites, for which he was nominated for a Daytime Emmy award for Outstanding Performer in a Children's Series. John made his Tony® Award nominated Broadway debut in Avenue Q, creating the roles of Princeton and Rod. John was also seen on Broadway as Lumiere in Beauty and the Beast and originated the role of Pinocchio in Shrek: the Musical. He joined PBS's Sesame Street as a puppeteer at only 16 years old, where he performed for over 10 seasons and continues to guest star. Other television appearances include Ugly Betty, The Today Show, and several children's series. Films include starring in the upcoming Hotel Arthritis. He will be hosting a new weekly Broadway show on Sirius XM Satellite Radio. John is a recipient of the Theatre World Award, Backstage Award, and a Broadway.com Award. He recently conceived, hosted and directed Jim Henson's Musical World featuring the New York Pops at Carnegie Hall. Johns voice can also be heard on several commercial campaigns. John's latest project, ImaginOcean, is currently on international tour. While off-Broadway at New World Stages, ImaginOcean was nominated for Unique Theatrical Experience by the Drama Desk Awards. It's currently being developed with the Jim Henson Company for television utilizing their revolutionary Digital Puppetry Studios system. John is currently serving as resident director for Avenue Q, playing off-Broadway at New World Stages. He will be directing the upcoming Broadway musical, Because of Winn Dixie, written by Nell Benjamin with music by Duncan Shiek.