Jason Gotay To Lead NC Theatre's Cast Of ALADDIN AND HIS WINTER WISH

Jason Gotay To Lead NC Theatre's Cast Of ALADDIN AND HIS WINTER WISHNorth Carolina Theatre, the region's premiere nonprofit professional theatre, is proud to announce the cast for its special holiday production in partnership with Lythgoe Family Productions, Aladdin and His Winter Wish. A new addition to the theatre's upcoming 2018-19 season, Broadway star Jason Gotay will lead the cast of Aladdin and His Winter Wish running Nov. 29-Dec. 2 at Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Raleigh.


Starring as Aladdin is Jason Gotay, who Raleigh audiences will remember from NC Theatre's hit summer production of Disney's Newsies. Gotay, an actor and teaching artist, boasts previous Broadway credits including Bring It On: The Musical and Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark (Peter/Spider-Man). He previously starred in the title role in Laguna Playhouse's 2017 production of Aladdin and His Winter Wish. Gotay also starred in the television production of Peter Pan Live! (Tootles/Lost Boy) on NBC and the world premiere of Freaky Friday (original cast recording).

Based on the Aladdin fairytale of a street rat with a dream, this special holiday-themed production follows the style of the traditional British Panto with singing, swinging and soaring adventure that features family-friendly magic, comedic twists, contemporary music, and more. The production is an exciting and interactive form of live theatre specifically designed for families.

Starring in the role of the Princess is television personality, dancer and singer Nia Sioux. Nia, best known for spending seven seasons on the unscripted Lifetime show Dance Moms, is a series regular on CBS' Emmy Award-winning daytime drama The Bold and the Beautiful. Some of Nia's previous credits include Musical.ly's correspondent for the 2018 Summer Olympic Games in South Korea, on-screen appearances in Runnin' from my Roots and High Strung, with Off-Broadway credits including Trip of Love and Just Dance Live.


Ty Taylor, best known for being the lead singer of Los Angeles-based soul/rock band Vintage Trouble, will star in the role of the Genie. Taylor's extensive music career has included roles on Broadway including Joseph...Dreamcoat, Pippin, Grease, and We Will Rock You. Taylor has also toured with some of the biggest names in music including Tina Turner, Eric Clapton, Macy Gray, Fiona Apple, and The Who.


Also starring in NC Theatre's production of Aladdin and His Winter Wish include Barry Pearl as Sultan, who is best known for his role of Doody in the classic 1978 film Grease, Jeff Sumner (Happy Days) as Widow Twankey, Jonathan Meza as Wishy Washy, and reprising his role as Abanazar is Josh Adamson.


The Lythgoe Family are best known for being behind hit television shows American Idol and So You Think You Can Dance, but their passion lies deep in live performance arts. Lythgoe Family Panto (LFP) will expand across America this season with a total of four pro-ductions running across the country, with Aladdin and His Winter Wish marking the first appearance by Lythgoe Family Panto in Raleigh.


David F.M. Vaughn (Shrek, Pittsburgh CLO; Beauty and the Beast, Musical Theatre West) will direct Aladdin and His Winter Wish with choreography by Mario Mosley and book by Kris Lythgoe.


Aladdin and His Winter Wish opens Thursday, Nov. 29 for seven performances and runs through Sunday, Dec. 2 at Raleigh Memorial Auditorium in Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets start at $25. Visit nctheatre.com to purchase tickets or call (919) 831-6941. For groups of 10 or more, call (919) 831-6941 x6949.

Established in 1984, North Carolina Theatre is Raleigh's premier, non-profit professional regional theatre. With its successful formula of producing top quality musicals with top national performers and local talent, North Carolina Theatre has been instrumental in the revitalization of downtown Raleigh over the years. Through its conservatory, it has provided exceptional arts training to hundreds of local youth. By offering broad access to live theatre, while strengthening economic growth, the organization continues to fortify the cultural vitality of the region. North Carolina Theatre is funded in part by the City of Raleigh based on recommendations of the Raleigh Arts Commission.

Lythgoe Family Panto produces fun, musical theatre the whole family can enjoy. Known for their creativity and involvement in television hits American Idol and So You Think You Can Dance, the Lythgoes are dedicated to bringing affordable theatre to families across America. The Lythgoes pride themselves on creating a memorable experience a family can share together.


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