Given the SRO crowds that have swarmed Disney’s gorgeous New Amsterdam Theatre since Aladdin’s Broadway bow in February, it seems a “whole new world” (forgive the pun) has opened up for the beloved 1992 movie’s appeal. One of the most beloved of Disney’s untouchable streak of films in the early 1990s, Aladdin boasts an incredibly memorable score by Alan Menken with lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice. EW has landed two early tracks from the upcoming Broadway cast album (which will drop digitally on May 27, and will be available in physical form on June 17). The show, nominated for five Tonys, including Best Musical, Best Original Score, and Best Book (crafted by Chad Beguelin), has carried on the 2013 Pippin tradition of stopping the production with a mid-show standing ovation – in this case, for the rollicking Genie number “Friend Like Me,” essayed with an insane amount of showstopping brio by Tony nominee James Monroe Iglehart.
For an aural glimpse at what the show has in store for you, here are the tracks for the Oscar-winning Menken-Rice tune “A Whole New World” (though, sadly, you will have to imagine the mind-blowing magic carpet the production dazzles with; truly, your jaw hits the floor before Prince Ali and Jasmine do), and “High Adventure,” an excellent Menken-Ashman track intended for the 1992 film but not used. You will agree that it’s highly fortuitous we get to hear it now.
Aladdin is now playing at the New Amsterdam Theatre in NYC.
Listen to “A Whole New World”:
Listen to “High Adventure”: