Disney’s Aladdin National Tour Will Fly Out Of Chicago
The Midwest better make way for Prince Ali! A flying carpet, vicious villains and a genie who will grant just about anything you wish for is headed to the Windy City in 2017. Chicago has often found itself as the launching pad for many of Disney’s musicals heading out on national tours. It’s latest hit will be no exception. Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the news that Disney’s Aladdin will launch a national tour that will fly out of Chicago!
Disney has announced its latest hit on Broadway, Aladdin, will experience A Whole New World by heading out on its first U.S. national tour next year! The tour will launch out of Chicago after playing a limited 12-week engagement at The Palace Theatre running April 11th through July 2nd, 2017. However, the Chicago Tribune reports the production could easily play Chicago for a longer period of time. Group tickets for the production are now on sale. Subscribers of Broadway In Chicago will have a first chance to purchase tickets beginning in March and a date for sale to the general public will be announced soon.
Little is known about the national tour of Disney’s latest blockbuster besides it’s starting point. Casting for the production has not been announced and no future tour cities or dates have been announced yet at this time. This could be one of the reasons an extended run in Chicago is anticipated but not confirmed. We’re expecting a list of venues in various cities around the nation Aladdin will fly into soon! Once we have that and more, we will be sure to share it with you! Aladdin in Chicago will mark the sixth out of New York since it’s inception in 2014 but the first in the United States outside Broadway. International productions in Tokyo and Hamburg have previously bowed and London and Australia are slated for 2016.
President and producer of Disney Theatrical Productions, Thomas Schumacher (Pictured Right), expressed his excitement not only to launch a national tour of Aladdin but for the show to begin in Chicago saying;
“Aladdin will be the fourth new production we’ve launched in Chicago in 16 years. Chicago’s canny audiences, its theatrical infrastructure and its stunning theatres make it a peerless town for creating new productions. We are thrilled to return with Aladdin.”
According to the Tribune, the show will be a “point-of-origin Chicago” meaning all aspects of the production will take place in the Windy City from both a business and union perspective. Casting, rehearsals and the national tour’s kick off will all take place in Chicago. Rehearsals will take place at the Germania Club in the Gold Coast neighborhood of the city. Disney’s Mary Poppins rehearsed there previously as well before hitting the road in a national tour life.
Luner Lowdown: Chicago is the hottest ticket out-of-town. The city has proved itself consistently as a starting point for Broadway-bound productions and is slated to be the upcoming home to several mega-hits including Aladdin. For example, Broadway’s Hamilton is setting up an open-ended run in the city in 2016. An unprecedented move for a Broadway show with such a large drawing. Disney’s Aladdin beginning in Chicago though is no surprise. Mary Poppins, High School Musical and even The Lion King all began their national tour lives in Chicago presented through Disney. Audiences have proved themselves not only coming out whenever a new production is in town but supporting one from New York they haven’t had a chance to experience themselves.
Luner on Theatre will keep you updated as Disney’s Aladdin flies out onto the road and into A Whole New World in a national tour! As mentioned above, we still have plenty more to learn about this production and plan to bring you the news about it as soon as we know. For more information, visit Aladdin’s Official Website, Facebook or Twitter. (Please note; Unless a photo is noted to be taken by Luner on Theatre, we do not own/claim ownership for any photos used in this post.) 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!