Robin De Jesus, John Tartaglia, et al. Star in Muny's ALADDIN, Opening Tonight!

July 5
7:32 2012

Robin De Jesus, John Tartaglia, et al. Star in Muny's ALADDIN, Opening Tonight!

The Muny presents the third show of its 94th season, Disney's Aladdin, opening tonight through July 13, directed by Gary Griffin, and choreographed by Alex Sanchez.

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 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.

Jason Graae (Omar) has starred on Broadway in A Grand Night For Singing, Falsettos, Stardust, Snoopy!, and Do Black Patent Leather Shows Really Reflect Up? Off- Broadway shows include Forever Plaid; Olympus on My Mind; All in the Timing; and Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh (Drama Desk Nomination-Best Actor in a Musical) and many more. Jason Made his Metropolitan Opera House debut as a featured vocalist in Twyla Tharp's Everlast with the American Ballet Theatre. He has performed his one-man show all over the country, and has been included in Time Out NY's Top 10 Cabaret Shows. On television, Jason's appearances include Six Feet Under, Rude Awakening, Friends, Frasier, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Living Single, Caroline in the City and Providence. For 5 1/2 years, Jason was the voice of Lucky the Leprechaun for Lucky Charms Cereal.

Curtis Holbrook (Iago) received the 2012 Kevin Kline Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Musical for his performance as CosMo Brown in the Muny's production of Singin' in the Rain. Other roles at The Muny include Ren McCormack in Footloose and Bill Calhoun in Kiss Me Kate. On Broadway, Curtis most recently recreated the role of Action in the Broadway revival of West Side Story. His other Broadway credits include: Xanadu (Sonny Malone), All Shook Up (Dean Hyde), The Addams Family, Taboo, The Boy From Oz, Follies, Fosse and Footloose. Off Broadway: Frog Kiss (NYMF-Outstanding Individual Performance Award), Saved (Playwrights Horizon), Radiant Baby (Public Theater). Regional: It Shoulda Been You (George Street Playhouse: David Hyde Pierce, Dir.) Film: Hairspray and Across the Universe. TV: Smash, Nurse Jackie, Law and Order: SVU, All My Children, As The World Turns and Sesame Street.

Francis Jue (Kassim) returns to The Muny, where he has appeared in The Little Mermaid, Damn Yankees, Miss Saigon, Peter Pan, The King & I, and Mame. On Broadway, Francis originated the role of Bun Foo in Thoroughly Modern Millie. Other Broadway credits: M. Butterfly and Pacific Overtures. Francis won Obie and Lucille Lortel Awards (plus Drama Desk and Drama League nominations) for Yellow Face. Other favorite NYC credits include Love's Labour's Lost, Coraline, Falsettoland, A Language of Their Own, No Foreigners Beyond This Point, Hamlet, and King Lear. Francis has won regional theatre awards for In the Next Room (or the vibrator play), Cabaret, Kiss of the Spiderwoman, Into the Woods, The Illusion, Pacific Overtures, Miss Saigon, and Red. TV: The Good Wife, Law & Order: SVU, Law & Order. Film Debut: Joyful Noise.


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