London is about to get exactly what it wished for! Disney is flying back onto the stage in London and bringing their latest Broadway hit musical with them! Still home to The Lion King, now in its 17th year in the West End, London is no stranger to Disney musicals having seen Beauty And The Beast and being the starting point for its previous hit Mary Poppins. Now, Disney is bringing a whole new world to London with their latest hit still playing across the pond. Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the exciting news that Disney’s Aladdin begins performances tonight in London’s West End!
Disney’s Aladdin flies into London’s West End beginning previews tonight at the Prince Edward Theater (Pictured Right) where the show is scheduled to officially open June 15th, 2016. Aladdin comes to London’s West End following its critically acclaimed Broadway premiere, still playing eight times a week at the New Amsterdam Theater, where it began its run in 2014. The show began previews on Broadway in February 2014 before officially opening in March to mostly positive reviews. The original Broadway production was nominated for five Tony Awards including Best New Musical. The West End production will be its third international production to take flight since Broadway following a run in Tokyo in May 2015 and Hamburg in December 2015. Aladdin is slated to fly into Australia this summer to play Sydney.
Leading Disney’s Aladdin to London is Dean John–Wilson in the title role alongside Jade Ewen as Jasmine. Broadway cast member Trevor Dion Nicholas (Pictured Left) makes his West End debut as Genie. Other leading characters include Don Gallagher as Jafar, Peter Howe as Iago, Irvine Iqbal as the Sultan, Nathan Amzi as Babkak, Stephen Rahman–Hughes as Kassim and Rachid Sabitri as Omar. The Ensemble includes Arran Anzani-Jones, Miles Barrow, Albey Brookes, Lauren Chia, Bianca Cordice, Leon Craig, Daniel de Bourg, Seng Henk Goh, Melanie Elizabeth, Kade Ferraiolo, Michelle Chantelle Hopewell, Fred Johanson, Mitch Leow, Oliver Lidert, Thierry Picaut, Alex Pinder, Briony Scarlett, Kyle Seeley, Sadie-Jean Shirley, Ricardo Spriggs, Katie Singh, Dawnita Smith, Marsha Songcome, Kayleigh Thadani and Jermaine Woods.
President and producer of Disney Theatrical Productions Thomas Schumacher (Pictured Right) expressed his excitement for a British cast to take on this new musical saying;
“As we cast this exceptional company, I was impressed by the vast, deep pool of musical theatre talent in London and throughout Britain and how gratifying that talent is a microcosm of the country in all its diversity and distinction. I’m so proud this beautiful cast reflects that.”
Casey Nicholaw repeats his Tony Award nominated work as Aladdin director and choreographer for its West End premiere. The rest of the creative team includes seven-time Tony Award winner Bob Crowley as scenic designer, five-time Tony Award winner Natasha Katz as lighting designer, two-time Tony Award winner Gregg Barnes as costume designer and sound designer Ken Travis. The production is cast by Jill Green CDG.
Disney’s Aladdin flies into London’s West End tonight for its first preview performance! Don’t miss your chance to experience A Whole New World taking over London as Disney dives back into the West End with its latest hit musical.
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