Disney Theatricals have announced that they will bring their hit Broadway musical Aladdin to the West End next year, in a brand new production at the Prince Edward Theatre. Having played on Broadway to packed houses for the past two years, this high energy musical taps its way across the Atlantic to delight audiences of all ages.
Based on the 1992 animated film of the same name, 'Aladdin' features a non-stop score of hits by Disney legend Alan Menken. Including all the songs from the film such as “Friend Like Me”, “One Jump Ahead”, “Prince Ali” and of course, the Oscar and Grammy Award-winning “A Whole New World”, combined with a selection of new songs written exclusively for the stage, this is one new musical you will not want to miss.
Loosely inspired by the traditional story from '1001 Arabian Nights', 'Aladdin' tells of a plucky 'street rat' orphan who lives on the streets of Agrabah, stealing food in order to live and spending his time running away from the palace guards. He meets and falls in love with the headstrong Princess Jasmine, who disguises herself as a peasant in order to escape the restrictions placed on her in the palace. As Aladdin is chosen to enter the Cave of Wonders by the Sultan's evil advisor Jafar, he comes across the infamous magic lamp, and soon finds his luck has changed with the arrival of his new best friend – a high energy Genie.
This iconic film has been adapted for the stage by a talented team of theatre professionals, led by director and choreography Casey Nicholaw (The Book of Mormon). Featuring extraordinary special effects, stunning costumes, jaw-dropping dance routines and of course – a flying carpet, this brand new musical will have you smiling from ear to ear.
The Broadway production opened in New York in 2014 and was nominated for five Tony Awards, including Best New Musical. It won the award for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical, rewarding the original Genie James Monroe Iglehart for his incredible performance in the iconic role. The New York production continues to play to packed houses and has even been known to induce mid-show standing ovations from audience members following its astonishing 'coup de théâtre' that proved exactly how many tricks the show has up its sleeve...