In the most exciting Broadway news I’ve heard in a long time, Disney’s Aladdin has an opening date. Aladdin will begin shows in Toronto in November of this year before beginning previews in early 2014 for Broadway.
As previously reported, Aladdin will premiere Nov. 1 at Toronto’s Mirvish Theatre for a run through Jan. 5, 2014. According to a new Disney Group Sales e-mail, Aladdin will begin Broadway previews Feb. 26, 2014, at the New Amsterdam Theatre towards an official Broadway opening of March 20, 2014, Playbill.com has confirmed.
The stage production, which expands the 90-minute film into a two-act format, has music by Alan Menken, lyrics from the film by the late Howard Ashman and Tim Rice, as well as new book and lyrics by Chad Beguelin (The Wedding Singer, Elf). Menken previously told Playbill.com that the stage production incorporates many ideas he and Ashman conceived for the 1992 film that never made it to the screen. Among them are a trio of Aladdin’s friends, Omar, Babkak and Kassim, as well as a handful of early songs including “Proud of Your Boy.”
According to Disney, the Broadway staging will be an entirely new production, “featuring a new script, tunestack and a wholly original design scaled to the Broadway stage and an epic story.”
Casting has not yet been announced. I know it’s fairly impossible but wouldn’t it be amazing if Lea Salonga could be involved somehow?