|Full Cast Announced for Aladdin on Broadway
Chris on Monday, September 16, 2013
at 7:33 PM
Today was the first day of rehearsals for Aladdin: Broadway's New Musical Comedy and a few hours ago the full cast for the upcoming production was finally revealled.
I'm very happy to say that leading the cast are returning stars Adam Jacobs and Courtney Reed, who originated the roles of Aladdin and Jasmine in 5th Avenue's Pilot Production in 2011 and will reprise them in this new production.
Having brought down the house in Seattle, James Monroe Iglehart will once again be bringing Genie to life, the one and only Jonathan Freeman, who has played the villainous Vizier since 1992's animated classic, returns as Jafar, and Don Darryl Rivera will make his Broadway debut as Iago.
Keeping the tempo brisk and the harmonies tight, Brandon O'Neill (in his Broadway debut) and Brian Gonzales will return as Aladdin's friends, Kassim and Babkak respectively.
Completing the principal cast are new cast members Jonathan Schwartz, who rounds out Aladdin's trio of friends as Omar, and Clifton Davis as the Sultan.
Merwin Foard and Michael James Scott will standby for several principals.
The ensemble includes Tia Altinay, Mike Cannon, Andrew Cao, Lauryn Ciardullo, Joshua Dela Cruz, Yurel Echezarreta, Daisy Hobbs, Donald Jones Jr., Adam Kaokept, Nikki Long, Stanley Martin, Brandt Martinez , Michael Mindlin, Rhea Patterson, Bobby Pestka, Khori Petinaud, Ariel Reid, Jennifer Rais, Trent Saunders, Jaz Sealy, Dennis Stowe, Marisha Wallace and Bud Weber.
Aladdin: Broadway's New Musical Comedy features music by Disney Legend Alan Menken and lyrics by the late Disney Legend Howard Ashman and Tim Rice, with book and additional lyrics by Chad Beguelin.
Casey Nicholaw returns as director and choreographer. Joining him are scenic designer Bob Crowley, lighting designer Natasha Katz, costume designer Gregg Barnes, sound designer Ken Travis, illusion designer Jim Steinmeyer and hair designer Josh Marquette. Michael Kosarin heads the music team as music supervisor and director, working with Danny Troob as orchestrator and Glen Kelly as dance music arranger.
Broadway World have posted photos that show the cast and crew on their first day of rehearsals; http://www.broadwayworld.com/article/Photo-Flash-Adam-Jacobs-and-Courtney-Reed-to-Star-in-Broadway-Bound-ALADDIN-Get-a-Sneak-Peek-at-Rehearsals-in-Toronto-20130916
|Naveen Andrews to play Jafar in ABC's new series
AladdinsGenie on Saturday, July 20, 2013
at 5:01 PM
A Lost star is going on a magic carpet ride.
Naveen Andrews has booked his first major U.S. TV gig since the ABC cult hit ended in 2010 and it's one doozy of a role: Andrews will play classic Disney villain Jafar from 1992's hit animated film Aladdin on Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, debuting this fall on ABC. The new series' creators Adam Horowitz and Eddy Kitsis, who worked on Lost, revealed the epic casting news at Once Upon a Time in Wonderland's Comic-Con panel on Saturday. Oh, and Andrews made a surprise appearance!
Kitsis described Jafar as a "very, very, very evil villain" and said their take on the character will be "very frightening." We. Can't. Wait.
Of taking on the role, Andrews said, "I hope it will be something like you've never seen before." Casting Andrews was a no-brainer for Kitsis and Horowitz; in fact, they wrote the role for him! "We absolutely had this character in mind and we knew we wanted Naveen to play it. We asked him he said yes and we said lets save it for Comic-Con," Kitsis explained.
Since Lost ended, Andrews starred in the UK series Sinbad. And he isn't the first Lost alum to star on one of Kitsis and Horowitz's Once Upon a Time series: Emilie De Ravin plays Belle, while Jorge Garcia guest-starred as the giant.
Once Upon a Time in Wonderland premieres Thursday, Oct. 8 on ABC.
...soooo, does this mean Jafar is not appearing on Once Upon A Time like they said last year?
|Aladdin rumored to open on Broadway next year!
Calluna on Tuesday, January 8, 2013
at 9:56 AM
Two anonymous Broadway theater executives told the New York Times that the Mary Poppins musical in the New Amsterdam Theatre will be closing March 3rd so that it can be renovated before the Aladdin show moves there:
This is still just a rumor, and even if it is true we don't know how long the renovations will take.
(This probably neither here nor there, but on the New Amsterdam Theatre's website you can still buy Mary Poppins tickets until August 2013.)
Big thank you to Chris for the tip!
[b]Edit 7/9:[/url] MaryPoppins.com confirms the March 3rd end date for that show, doesn't mention anything about Aladdin.
|Forum is now back up!
Calluna on Tuesday, January 1, 2013
at 9:13 AM
I've fixed the problem that was preventing posting on the forum and it is now working again. I'm so sorry for the long downtime; I really don't have a good excuse for it. Thanks everyone for being patient with me...
In the next few days I will be updating the forum to a newer version to make it more secure and reduce spamming, so if it is suddenly unavailable again or looks different, that will be why. I'm also considering possibly moving the forum to its own separate server host so I won't need to keep up with code updates or worry about hackers taking down the whole site through the forum. (I guess partly this will depend on how well this code update goes, LOL) What do you guys think about this?