Several of the films in Disney’s beloved Renaissance period – that is, the golden era of animated films that includes classics like Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, and The Lion King – have already been turned into big, beautiful Broadway musicals by the folks at Disney Theatrical. Now, there’s a new movie being prepped for the stage, and EW has your first look at the production!
The latest Disney tale to hit the proscenium is Aladdin, the 1992 musical fantasy about a street urchin who finds a magic lamp and releases a genie (iconically voiced by Robin Williams). The show is currently previewing at the Ed Mirvish Theatre in Toronto, where it’ll run through January 5, 2014. Adam Jacobs stars as the titular pauper, with Courtney Reed as Jasmine, James Monroe Iglehart as the Genie, and in an exciting casting coup, Jonathan Freeman will play Jafar, the role he created in the film.
The creative team for the show is downright magical: Tony winner Casey Nicholaw directs and choreographs, with sets, costumes, and lighting by acclaimed designers Bob Crowley, Gregg Barnes, and Natasha Katz, respectively. With the help of bookwriter Chad Beguelin, Disney maestro Alan Menken has composed new songs for the full score, which includes the classics from the film (like “A Whole New World” and “Friend Like Me”) which Menken collaborated on with lyricists Howard Ashman and Tim Rice.
Now that you’ve got all the info, check out EW’s exclusive sneak peek at the magical stage production going on in Toronto. The magic carpet will fly into Broadway’s New Amsterdam Theatre beginning February 26, 2014.
If you’re having trouble with the ‘Launch Photo Gallery’ button, click this link to see the Aladdin First Look photos.