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The Cape Playhouse Offers Online Masterclasses With Andrew Keenan-Bolger, Rema Webb,  Photo The Cape Playhouse Offers Online Masterclasses With Andrew Keenan-Bolger, Rema Webb, Marcia Milgrom Dodge and More
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Sep 1, 2020

The Cape Playhouse, known widely for its legacy of bringing the brightest stars from stage and screen to Cape Cod each summer is now bringing the stars to your home.

VIDEO: ALADDIN Touring Cast Performs 'Buy Back the Time' to Commemorate Raising More  Photo VIDEO: ALADDIN Touring Cast Performs 'Buy Back the Time' to Commemorate Raising More Than $1 Million for BC/EFA
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 23, 2020

To commemorate their company raising more than $1 million for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS over their three year run, the national touring cast of Disney's Aladdin created this special music video for 'Buy Back the Time.'

BWW Review: ALADDIN Brings a Whole New World to the Peace Center Photo BWW Review: ALADDIN Brings a Whole New World to the Peace Center
by Neil Shurley - Feb 20, 2020

'It showed us a whole new world where you couldn't dare close your eyes for fear you would miss part of the magic that is Aladdin.'

BWW Interview: Ben Chavez of Disney's ALADDIN, Playing Feb. 12-23 at Peace Center Photo BWW Interview: Ben Chavez of Disney's ALADDIN, Playing Feb. 12-23 at Peace Center
by Neil Shurley - Feb 6, 2020

'Anybody who comes to the show, whether they're two or 92, will not be disappointed'

BWW Review: Everything Wrong with ALADDIN: The Musical (And Why You Should See It at  Photo BWW Review: Everything Wrong with ALADDIN: The Musical (And Why You Should See It at Dr. Phillips Center Anyway)
by Aaron Wallace - Feb 6, 2020

Why? Every time I answer that, I start to feel like the Genie in a?oePrince Alia?? when he's counting all those elephants, peacocks, and camels. There are a lot of problems here. Maybe not fifty-three or seventy-five or however many Persian monkeys he has, but I can definitely point to at least five things that keep this stage version one jump behind its cinematic counterpart.

Casting Has Been Announced for Disney's ALADDIN at the Peace Center Photo Casting Has Been Announced for Disney's ALADDIN at the Peace Center
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jan 23, 2020

Casting has been announced for the Greenville engagement of Disney's Aladdin. The hit Broadway musical will begin performances in Greenville at the Peace Center on Wednesday, Feb. 12 for a limited, two-week engagement through Sunday, Feb. 23.

BWW Review: ALADDIN at Hippodrome Theatre Photo BWW Review: ALADDIN at Hippodrome Theatre
by Rowena Winkler - Nov 18, 2019

If you're looking for a?oeA Whole New Worlda?? to break up the monotony of your week, look no further than the Hippodrome Theatre at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center.  Disney Theatrical Productions has done it again with its National Tour of Aladdin: another movie-to-musical hit that stays true to the core of the story while adding elements meant to dazzle live audiences.  

Disney's ALADDIN Announces Casting For East Lansing's Limited Premiere Engagement Photo Disney's ALADDIN Announces Casting For East Lansing's Limited Premiere Engagement
by Stephi Wild - Nov 18, 2019

Casting has been announced for the East Lansing engagement of Disney's Aladdin. The hit Broadway musical will begin performances in East Lansing at Wharton Center on Wednesday, December 4, for a limited engagement through Sunday, December 15. The press opening night is Friday, December 6, at 8:00 p.m.

BWW Interview: Zach Bencal on Teaching Authenticity with ALADDIN Photo BWW Interview: Zach Bencal on Teaching Authenticity with ALADDIN
by Rowena Winkler - Nov 5, 2019

The national tour of Aladdin is coming to the Hippodrome as part of its Broadway Series in November, and it's certainly a performance you do not want to miss. With 337 costumes, 111 moving lights, and 38 tons of scenery, lighting, and effects suspended from the grid, it's no wonder that it takes 75 people to deliver the spectacle of this show on tour. To give you insight on what it takes to be in a show of this caliber, BroadwayWorld sat down with Zach Bencal, who has been in over 1000 performances of Aladdin as Babkak, one of the street urchin's friends. 

BWW Review: Absolutely Magical ALADDIN at the Providence Performing Arts Center Photo BWW Review: Absolutely Magical ALADDIN at the Providence Performing Arts Center
by Erica Cataldi-Roberts - Nov 1, 2019

Nearly six years after opening on Broadway and 27 years after appearing as a beloved animated Disney film, the national touring cast of the musical ALADDIN soars into the Providence Performing Arts Center. This version of the story contains many callbacks to the original 1992 film, but also adds many new elements, such as new songs, new characters, and even a new spin on the Genie. No matter one's familiarity with the source material, audience goers are in for a flashy and thoroughly entertaining evening, suitable for adults and children alike.

Review Roundup: ALADDIN on Tour, What Did the Critics Think? Photo Review Roundup: ALADDIN on Tour, What Did the Critics Think?
by Alan Henry - Oct 30, 2019

Disney's 'Aladdin' is currently flying around America, entertaining audiences nationwide with the Agrabah glitz and glamour. What are critics in the various cities saying about the tour? Check out their reviews from tour stops like Tempe, Salt Lake City, San Diego and more below!

ALADDIN Will Launch 'Newly-Configured' National Tour in 2021 Photo ALADDIN Will Launch 'Newly-Configured' National Tour in 2021
by Nicole Rosky - Oct 21, 2019

Disney Theatrical Productions announced today that a newly-configured North American tour of Aladdin is scheduled to launch in Fall 2021, allowing the hit Broadway musical to entertain new audiences in cities and venues which couldn't previously accommodate the production. Information concerning engagement dates, venues and casting for the newly-configured tour will be announced at a later date. To receive news about the tour, please sign-up for email alerts at www.AladdinTheMusical.com/tour.

Disney's ALADDIN At Enters Its Final Week At DPAC Photo Disney's ALADDIN At Enters Its Final Week At DPAC
by A.A. Cristi - Oct 18, 2019

BWW Review: ALADDIN National Tour at Durham Performing Arts Center Photo BWW Review: ALADDIN National Tour at Durham Performing Arts Center
by Jeffrey Kare - Oct 4, 2019

Based on Disney's 1992 Academy Award-winning animated film musical of the same name as well as the Arabic folktale from the One Thousand and One Nights, Aladdin follows an Arabian street urchin who steals food in order to support himself. Meanwhile, Princess Jasmine is feeling hemmed in by her father's desire to find her a royal groom. To win over both Jasmine and the Sultan, Aladdin teams up with a genie from a magic lamp he found to disguise himself as a wealthy prince. Yet, the Sultan's Grand Vizier, Jafar, is plotting to take over the throne.

Disney's ALADDIN Opens Tonight At DPAC Photo Disney's ALADDIN Opens Tonight At DPAC
by A.A. Cristi - Oct 3, 2019

The DPAC premiere of Disney's Aladdin opens tonight, October 3, 2019, at 7:30 PM for a limited engagement of 4 weeks through Saturday, October 26, 2019, as part of SunTrust Broadway's, 2019 / 2020 season. 

BWW Review: THE “GENIE-US” OF ALADDIN at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center Photo BWW Review: THE “GENIE-US” OF ALADDIN at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center
by Vickie Evans - Sep 14, 2019

With the iconic song 'A Whole New World', Aladdin certainly delivered 'the magic' of Disney that took the audience on a mind-blowing journey of 'toe tappin' dance performances and tickled our imagination to believe that we too could embark on a fairy-tale infused 'magic carpet ride'. 

Photo Flash: Be Proud of Your Boy with All New Photos of ALADDIN On Tour Photo Photo Flash: Be Proud of Your Boy with All New Photos of ALADDIN On Tour
by Julie Musbach - Sep 10, 2019

Get an all new look at the North American tour of Disney's Aladdin featuring new tour cast members Jonah Ho'okano (Aladdin) and Korie Lee Blossey (Genie), along with current tour cast members Kaena Kekoa (Jasmine), Zach Bencal(Babkak), Ben Chavez (Omar) and Colt Prattes (Kassim).

Major Attaway and Clinton Greenspan Join Broadway Company of ALADDIN; Plus New Tour C Photo Major Attaway and Clinton Greenspan Join Broadway Company of ALADDIN; Plus New Tour Casting Announced!
by Stephi Wild - Aug 21, 2019

Disney's Aladdin, the hit Broadway musical, will welcome new stars to both the Broadway and North American tour casts.

BWW Review: ALADDIN Animates The Hobby Center with Showmanship and Spectacle Photo BWW Review: ALADDIN Animates The Hobby Center with Showmanship and Spectacle
by Audrey Morabito - Jun 28, 2019

ALADDIN is a vibrant kaleidoscope of extravagant costumes, choreography, and vocal performances. An entertaining musical comedy jam-packed with a cast of over 30 members, there is always something to marvel at throughout the show for children and adults alike. It's glitz, dynamic, and sure to entertain. Directed and choreographed by Casey Nicholaw with orchestrations by Danny Troob, this show packs an impressive punch when it comes to presentational musical numbers.

Photo Flash: It's a Whole New World On Tour with Disney's ALADDIN Photo Photo Flash: It's a Whole New World On Tour with Disney's ALADDIN
by Julie Musbach - May 28, 2019

We've got an all new look at the North American tour of Disney's Aladdin, featuring new tour cast members Major Attaway (Genie), Kaena Kekoa (Jasmine), Ben Chavez (Omar) and Colt Prattes (Kassim), along with original tour cast members Clinton Greenspan (Aladdin) and Zach Bencal (Babkak).

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