DREAM CAST ANNOUNCED FOR DISNEY’S ALADDIN
An exceptional group of Australia and New Zealand’s most outstanding musical theatre performers and exciting fresh faces has been announced for Disney’s new musical comedy, Aladdin.
They will be joined by Broadway performer Michael James Scott in the role of the Genie.
Based on the classic Academy Award®-winning animated film, Aladdin will open in Sydney at the Capitol Theatre in August 2016.
Tickets go on sale to the general public on Tuesday, 8th of March, 2016.
The dream cast for Aladdin has been achieved after intense and competitive auditions throughout Australia. It will be one of the most diverse multi-cultural casts to appear on the Australian stage.
American performer Michael James Scott will play the pivotal role of the Genie. Michael has performed in many Broadway shows including the original company of The Book of Mormon, the 2010 Broadway and London revival of Hair, as well as playing in the original ensemble in the Broadway cast ofAladdin. He was most recently seen in Casey Nicholaw’s third current Broadway hit, Something Rotten.
Joining him will be the exciting new discovery Ainsley Melham making his mainstage debut in the title role of Aladdin. Ainsley is a graduate of the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA).
The principal cast features international musical theatre star Adam Jon Fiorentino (Saturday Night Fever, Mary Poppins) as Kassim, stage & television performer Adam Murphy as Jafar and Robert Tripolino in the role of Omar. Filling out the principal ranks is one of Australia’s most accomplished character actors and musical theatre stars Troy Sussman as Babkak and stage and television actor Aljin Abella as Iago.
The distinguished New Zealand actor George Henare will play the Sultan.
DEAN VINCE will be the STANDBY JAFAR/SULTAN and GARETH JACOBS will be the STANDBY GENIE/BABKAK.
The ensemble cast include: JAKOB AMBROSE, CALEB BARTOLO, DION BILIOS, MAX BIMBI, DANIEL CAMILLERI, WILL CENTURION, ROSS CHISARI, MIA DABKOWSKI-CHANDLER, NICHOLAS EATON, MITCHELL FISTROVIC, ALEX GIBSON-GIORGIO, CHASKA HALLIDAY, JOEL HEWLETT, MITCHELL HICKS, KIMBERLEY HODGSON, LEAH HOWARD, GRAEME ISAAKO, EMILY KEANE, MADELEINE MACKENZIE, HEATHER MANLY, RECHELLE MANSOUR, JOSEPH O’SULLIVAN and ANICA SCOTT-GARRELL.
The search for the coveted role of Jasmine continues and casting will be announced at a later date.
Produced by Disney Theatrical Productions, the show features music by Tony Award and eight-time Oscar® winner Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast, Newsies, Sister Act, Little Shop of Horrors), lyrics by two-time Oscar winner Howard Ashman (Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid), three-time Tony Award and three-time Oscar winner Tim Rice (Evita, Aida) and four-time Tony Award nominee Chad Beguelin (The Wedding Singer). With a book by Beguelin, Aladdin is directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Casey Nicholaw (The Book of Mormon, Something Rotten).
Aladdin, adapted from the Disney film and centuries-old folktales including “One Thousand and One Nights,” is brought to fresh theatrical life in this bold new musical. Aladdin’s journey sweeps audiences into an exotic world of daring adventure, classic comedy and timeless romance.
This new production features a magnificent score, including the five cherished songs from the Academy Award-winning soundtrack, and additional music and songs written especially for the stage.
Aladdin opened on Broadway to critical acclaim on March 20th, 2014. It quickly established itself as the biggest blockbuster in recent years, already welcoming more than 1.2 million people and breaking house records at the New Amsterdam Theatre.
“FABULOUS AND EXTRAVAGANT WITH RELENTLESS RAZZLE DAZZLE”
New York Times
“DISNEY HITS MAGIC AGAIN” Associated Press
“IT’S PURE GENIE-US!” USA Today
The animated film Aladdin was released by Disney in 1992 and was a critical and box office smash, grossing over $500 million worldwide (not adjusted for inflation) and becoming the highest-grossing film of the year.
The film won the Oscar for Best Original Score and introduced the hit song “A Whole New World,” which won the second of the film’s two Academy Awards as Best Original Song. The Peabo Bryson/Regina Belle recording of the tune soared to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
Aladdin is designed by seven-time Tony-winning scenic designer Bob Crowley, five-time Tony-winning lighting designer Natasha Katz, two-time Tony-winning costume designer Gregg Barnes and sound designer Ken Travis.
The production team also includes illusion designer Jim Steinmeyer, hair designer Josh Marquette and makeup designer Milagros Medina-Cerdeira. The music team is headed by music supervisor and music director Michael Kosarin, who also created the vocal and incidental music arrangements, joined by orchestrator Danny Troob and dance music arranger Glen Kelly.
To be first in line to buy tickets go to: www.aladdinthemusical.com.au