As the lights go up on The 5th Avenue's fifteenth new musical, Secondhand Lions (playing through October 6), the musical theater gem of the Pacific Northwest is excited to see Disney's Aladdin make its Broadway debut. The world premiere production of the Broadway-bound Disney classic was produced by The 5th Avenue in the summer of 2011, and marks the ninth of 15 new shows produced by the regional non-profit to take a bow on Broadway.
Disney's Aladdin will have an out-of-town tryout this fall at the Ed Mirvish Theatre (formerly The Canon) in Toronto, Canada, playing November 1, 2013 - January 5, 2014. Broadway previews begin at the New Amsterdam Theatre (214 W. 42nd St.) on February 26th. Opening night is set for March 20, 2013. The show
"When Disney approached us about partnering with them to create a world premiere production no one was certain what the final destination of the title would be," said The 5th Avenue Theatre's Executive Producer and Artistic Director David Armstrong. "But at the very first preview performance it was clear that we had something special on our hands, and that our 5th Avenue cast was sheer perfection.
"The development and production of new musicals is at the heart of The 5th Avenue's mission. We currently have five new musicals in various stages of development (including three that we have commissioned), the new world premiere of Secondhand Lions in previews, First Date on Broadway, and now Aladdin on its way! The 5th is clearly committed to the future of the American musical, and there are very few regional theaters in the country that can claim such outstanding success with new work."
Armstrong added "Another important part of our mission is to showcase our amazing, world-class, Seattle-based actors, singers and dancers. This will be the fourth show in a row that will go from The 5th to Broadway with some of Seattle's brightest stars along for the ride."
Joining the company of actors bringing this magical tale to life are two of Seattle's great local theatre stars. Brandon O'Neill, a 5th Avenue favorite, will reprise the role of Kassim, one of Aladdin's closes friends. Audiences most recently caught O'Neill as the dashing Pirate King in The Pirates of Penzance this summer. Don Darryl Rivera, known throughout Seattle for his impish grin and gift for comedy, will reprise the role of Iago, lackey to the menacing Jafar. Nikki Long is one of Seattle's truly remarkable musical theatre dancers and joins the ensemble of this wonderful show.
Many of the original Seattle cast will be returning, including Broadway star Jonathan Freeman as Jafar. Freeman has voiced every Disney iteration of this iconic character from the original film, to the world premiere at The 5th in 2011. He is joined by Adam Jacobs as Aladdin, Courtney Reed as Princess Jasmine, James Monroe Iglehart as The Genie, and Brian Gonzalez as Babkak. Newcomers Jonathan Schwartz and Clifton Davis join the cast as Omar and the Sultan, respectively.
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