STAGE TUBE: Heidi Blickenstaff, Ashley Brown & More Debut New Song from Disney's Broadway-Bound ALADDIN at D23
At today's 'Broadway & Beyond...Celebrating the Stars of Disney on Broadway' event at Disney's D23 expo, stage stars Heidi Blickenstaff, Merle Dandridge, Ashley Brown, Josh Strickland, and Alton Fitzgerald White debuted a brand new song from the Broadway-bound production of ALADDIN, titled 'Somebody's Got Your Back.' Check it out, courtesy of Attractions Magazine, below!
Aladdin will play its pre-Broadway run at Toronto's Ed Mirvish Theatre (formerly the Canon Theatre) for just nine weeks November 1, 2013 - January 5, 2014. This new production features music by Alan Menken (Newsies), lyrics by Howard Ashman (Beauty and the Beast), Tim Rice (The Lion King, Aida) and Chad Beguelin (The Wedding Singer) with a book by Beguelin. Casey Nicholaw (The Book of Mormon) will direct and choreograph.
Tickets to the are now available by visiting Mirvish.com, or by calling TicketKing at 416-872-1212 or 1-800-461-3333. Group orders of 15 or more may be placed by calling 416-593-4142 or 1-800-724-6420. In person sales take place at the Ed Mirvish Theatre box office - 244 Victoria Street.
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This will be the first staging of this full-length two-act Aladdin. Nicholaw and the writers had previously collaborated on a well-received pilot production of the musical at Seattle's 5th Avenue Theatre in summer 2011, mounted for a limited run with the goal of trying out new material and structure. The Toronto production will be an entirely new production featuring a new script, tunestack and a wholly original design befitting the epic story.
Aladdin, adapted from centuries-old Arabian folktales found in "One Thousand and One Nights," will feature a full-length score including the five beloved songs from the film.
The animated film Aladdin was released by Disney in 1992 and was a critical and box office smash, grossing over $500 million worldwide (not adjusted for inflation) and becoming the highest-grossing film of the year.
The film won the Oscar for Best Original Score and introduced the hit song "A Whole New World," which won the second of the film's Academy Awards for Best Original Song. The Peabo Bryson/Regina Belle recording of the tune soared to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
Aladdin will be designed by six-time Tony winning scenic designer Bob Crowley (Mary Poppins), three-time Tony winning lighting designer Natasha Katz (Once), two-time Tony winning costume designer Gregg Barnes (The Drowsy Chaperone) and sound designer Ken Travis (Memphis).
The production team also includes illusion designer Jim Steinmeyer and hair designer Josh Marquette. The music team is headed by music supervisor and music director Michael Kosarin, who will also create the vocal and incidental music arrangements, joined by orchestrator Danny Troob and dance music arranger Glen Kelly.
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