Disney’s Aladdin Will Fly Into Germany
A Whole New World is coming to Europe! While Broadway is potentially the most famous theatrical hub in an urban environment in the world, there are plenty of theatre hubs located in cities worldwide bringing the magic of theatre to audiences daily! One of those new places is Hamburg, Germany! While Germany is no stranger to musical theatre, the city is about to get a brand new taste of Broadway as one of the Tony Award nominated Best Musicals flies into the city within the next year bringing new entertainment to thousands of fans across the pond! Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the exciting news that Disney’s Aladdin will fly onto the stage in Hamburg, Germany!
Disney Theatrical Productions and Stage Entertainment proudly announced that Disney’s Aladdin musical will fly into Hamburg, Germany! The musical is set to debut at The Stage Theatre Neue Flora (Pictured Right) in Fall 2015. The German production will be cast locally and will also be performed in German. Hamburg is no stranger to musical theatre, yet alone Disney productions. The Lion King is currently still playing, now in its 13th year, and Tarzan played to audiences for five years there as well. Tarzan has since left Hamburg and moved to Stuttgart. Aladdin is Germany will be the second production of the musical to hit the international market.
Disney’s Aladdin begin previews on February 26th, 2014 on Broadway before officially opening on March 20th, 2014 at The New Amsterdam Theatre. Aladdin is a musical that features music by Alan Menken with lyrics by Howard Ashman, Tim Rice and Chad Beguelin. Beguelin also penned the book. Adam Jacobs (Pictured Left) and Courtney Reed led the cast as Aladdin and Jasmine with James Monroe Iglehart as the Genie. The musical received positive reviews from critics and went on to be nominated for five Tony Awards. Only Iglehart went on to win for his performance as the Genie. Many claimed the new musical was one of the best Disney had put out in years and that is was one of the top productions of the 2014 spring season.
President and Producer of Disney Theatrical Productions, Thomas Schumacher, said in a statement:
“The tale of Aladdin, the Genie and those three famous wishes is beloved around the world and we are incredibly proud of Casey Nicholaw’s spectacular new production which brings the story to vivid theatrical life. Following in the footsteps of our record-breaking productions of The Lion King and Tarzan, we look forward to another partnership with Stage Entertainment and can’t wait to share the heart and wit of this timeless tale with German audiences.”
Managing director of Stage Entertainment Germany, Uschi Neuss, said in a statement:
“We are delighted to bring the next smash-hit musical from Disney to Germany in addition to the enormously successful productions of The Lion King and Tarzan. Hamburg, with its reputation as Germany’s musical-capital, is the perfect city to host the European premiere. More than 14 million people have seen and enjoyed The Lion King and Tarzan to date in Germany, and there are many more to come. Aladdin will be a fantastic addition to our portfolio in Hamburg.”
I am so incredibly excited to hear that Aladdin is headed to Europe, specifically Germany for its Europe debut! Many people don’t know this but Hamburg is a hub of musical theatre and the theatre capital of Germany. The city has housed numerous American musicals that have done very well including several major Broadway flops. Hamburg isn’t always on people’s minds when it comes to theatre cities around the world but I truly believe this will be one of the next major launching pads joining Broadway and the West End. I’m also excited to hear that Disney’s Aladdin is the next major Broadway show to make the jump there. Aladdin has done very well since it’s debut in New York and is still winning over audiences on Broadway. Many have described this production as incredibly magical and that is something I think, the Europeans who have the chance to experience this, will love it.
Come Fall 2015, a whole new world will fly into Hamburg, Germany! If you’re in Europe and have been waiting to see Aladdin, now is your chance! Luner on Theatre will be sure to keep you updated as Aladdin flies into Germany next Fall and Disney continues to soar with it’s brand new production! For more information, visit Disney’s Aladdin’s Official Website, Facebook Page or Twitter Account. And of course, check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know and so much more!