Cast Announced For ALADDIN In Salt Lake City!
As it approaches its 2nd anniversary, the North American tour of Disney's Aladdin is pleased to announce that five new principal cast members will join the company starting on April 25 in Salt Lake City, where the hit Broadway musical will play a limited three-week engagement at The Eccles Theatre through May 12.
Kaena Kekoa, a native of Hawaii who was discovered at a Disney on Broadway open casting call in Honolulu, will make her professional theater debut in the iconic role of Jasmine. Original tour cast member Reggie De Leon returns to the role of Iago. And as part of the show's trio of Aladdin's sidekicks, Ben Chavez will assume the role of Omar and Colt Prattes will step into the role of Kassim. And Frank Viveros will stand by for the roles of Genie and Babkak.
Lissa deGuzman (Jasmine), Jay Paranada (Iago), Philippe Arroyo (Omar), Jed Feder (Kassim) and Ellis C. Dawson III (Standby Genie and Babkak), will play their final performances in San Jose on April 21.
The touring production also features Clinton Greenspan (Aladdin), Major Attaway (Genie), Jonathan Weir (Jafar), Jerald Vincent (Sultan), Zach Bencal (Babkak), Korie Lee Blossey (Standby Genie & Sultan) and Adam Stevenson (Standby Jafar & Sultan).
Rounding out the cast are Michael Bullard, Michael Callahan, Cornelius Davis, Bobby Daye, Mathew deGuzman, Olivia Donalson, Max B. Ehrlich, Samantha Farrow, Erik Hernandez, Orianna Hilliard, Cameron Hobbs, Cameron Mitchell Jackson, Albert Jennings, Kenway Hon Wai K. Kua, Jason Scott MacDonald, Angelina Mullins, Celina Nightengale, Cassidy Stoner, Liv Symone, Alec Varcas, Annie Wallace, Michelle West and Zach Williams.
Kaena Kekoa (Jasmine) is thrilled to join the Agrabah ohana! Born and raised in Honolulu, Hawai i, she grew up singing in church and in her local musical theatre community. She is a graduate of Point Loma Nazarene University where she was involved in the concert choir and theatre department. This is her first national tour.
Reggie De Leon (Iago) Broadway: Aladdin (Iago). Other Disney: Frozen - Live at the Hyperion (Duke of Weselton). TV/Film: Recurring on MOM (Paul), "Superior Donuts" (Zale), Young & Hungry (Danny), Melissa & Joey (Wyatt), and Shep in the Pup Star films on Netflix.
Ben Chavez (Omar) Tour debut! Off-Broadway: Marry Harry. Regional: Asolo Rep, The Rep/St. Louis, Cape Playhouse, Sacramento Music Circus. Award-winning composer of The Cobalteans (NYMF). Proud graduate of the NYU Tisch New Studio on Broadway and member of the Broadway Inspirational Voices.
Colt Prattes (Kassim) plays Ryan on the Sundance series This Close, and played Johnny Castle in ABC's Dirty Dancing. He also danced with P!NK in the duet from her acclaimed music video Try. Broadway/Tours include West Side Story, A Chorus Line, Rock of Ages, High School Musical and more.
Frank Viveros (Standby Genie/Babkak) is ecstatic returning to the road after originating Piangi on The Phantom of the Opera tour. Favorites: Once on this Island (Agwe), Sweeney Todd (Pirelli), Ain't Misbehavin (Ken), Finding Nemo:The Musical (Bloat) and Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella (Lord Pinkelton).
The North American tour of Disney's Aladdin celebrates its 2nd anniversary on April 19 in San Jose, where the critically-acclaimed tour will welcome its two millionth guest during a two-week engagement at The San Jose Center for the Performing Arts (April 10 - 21, 2019).
Since launching in Chicago at The Cadillac Palace Theatre on April 19, 2017, the tour has played to capacity houses in 24 cities during 813 performances. Future stops for the tour include Baltimore, Charlotte, Dallas, Durham, Fort Lauderdale, Houston, Kansas City, Memphis, Orlando, Sacramento, San Antonio and Washington, D.C.
In Salt Lake City, Aladdin will play Tuesdays through Thursdays at 7:30pm, Fridays at 8pm, Saturdays at 2pm & 8pm and Sundays at 1pm & 6:30pm. There will also be 2pm matinees on Thursday, April 25 and Thursday, May 2. VIP Ticket Packages, which include prime seat locations, a commemorative souvenir program and an exclusive merchandise item, are also available. Tickets are available at the Eccles Theater Box Office, by calling at 801-355-2787 M-F: 10am-6pm, or via the Internet at Broadway-at-the-Eccles.com. Orders for groups of 10 plus 801-703-2057.
Aladdin opened on Broadway at the New Amsterdam Theatre to critical acclaim on March 20, 2014 and quickly established itself as one of the biggest new blockbusters in recent years, breaking 14 New Amsterdam Theatre house records; worldwide it has welcomed more than 10 million people and grossed over $1 billion. Its global footprint has expanded to include productions in Tokyo, Hamburg, London and Australia, in addition to the two U.S. productions.