Ross Petty's ALADDIN to be revived this Christmas season
a fresh princess, takes a magic carpet ride, and meets a wise-cracking wizard with some nasty plans.
A Toronto tradition for more than ten years, the annual Ross Petty fun fest hits the road, in partnership with Live Nation, for a cross-Canada tour with ALADDIN, THE MAGICAL FAMILY MUSICAL, its most popular show to date. The tour opens in Vancouver at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in early November, followed by stops in Edmonton, Regina, Saskatoon, Calgary, and closes in Ottawa at the National Arts Centre on New Year's Eve.
Inspired by the popular British pantomime style, ALADDIN is a rowdy musical comedy heavily reliant on audience participation; cheer loudly for the hero, boo the villain and warn the good guys the baddies are behind them! A family affair, ALADDIN, THE MAGICAL FAMILY MUSICAL is full of
ad-libs, pop music, and irreverent humour lobbed way over the heads of the under-12 set, ensuring adults remain as entertained as the kids!
Alongside a cast of Canadian theatrical superstars, Bret 'Hitman' Hart will recreate his role as The Genie of the Lamp, friend to Aladdin and foe to the wizard! Bret is no stranger to acting; beyond his highly documented career in wrestling and appearances in mini-series and TV specials (including The Simpsons), Bret voices the Hooded Fang character in the animated series, Jacob Two-Two, based on Mordecai Richler's classic tale, and has appeared as Luther Root in Lonesome Dove: The Series.
Jennifer Dale and Derek McGrath reprise their roles as Sheherazade, teller of tall tales, and the Widow Bender, respectively. Jennifer, a multi-Genie and Gemini nominated actor (Power Play, Once a Thief, Night Heat, Grand Larceny), realized a personal dream to play the Italian actress, Eleonora Duse, the legendary actress in a one-woman show that she also co-wrote with Nick Mancuso. She currently stars in the new CBC comedy series Rumours.
In Toronto, Derek first appeared in a production of You're A Good Man Charlie Brown. He has since appeared in numerous stage productions for Second City and The Shaw Festival and has had recurring roles in many popular television series, including Cheers, Dallas, My Secret Identity and DOC. He has appeared in several feature films, including Star Trek Voyager - Elite Force, She's Out Of Control, Police Academy IV: Citizens On Patrol and Mr. Mom.
Perpetual bad guy Ross Petty will appear as the evil wizard Abanzeer in one of his trademark
ALADDIN 2006 makes it a hat trick for the original creative team, with the addition this year of music director Rick Fox (Lord Of The Rings, The Who's Tommy, The Phantom Of The Opera, Disney's The Lion King). David Finley's script ( My Last Confession, Snow White and the Group of Seven) is directed by Ted Dykstra (2 Pianos, 4 Hands; Bully; The Lowest Show On Earth; Tequila Vampire Matinee; Snow White and the Group of Seven), and choreographed by Tracey Flye (Go Go Beach, Cabaret, Robin Hood, Cinderella, Snow White and the Group of Seven).