Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Welcome (Back) to Agrabah!

Arielle Jacobs as Jasmine, Photo by Deen Van Meer
Tonight Aladdin welcomes a new royal family as Arielle Jacobs joins the Broadway cast as Princess Jasmine and JC Montgomery takes over as the Sultan!

It's a familiar role for both of them as Arielle originated the role for the Australian production whilst JC Montgomery originated the role for the US Tour but it's the first time both will play opposite each other in the Broadway production.

I just want to wish both of you a magical first night and long and successful runs at the New Amsterdam Theatre!  I look forward to seeing you both next time I see the show!

And if you can't wait until tonight, here's Arielle's Broadway Jasmine debut at 54 Below's latest Princess Party!

JC Montgomery as Sultan, Photo by Deen Van Meer

Sunday, 18 February 2018

You'll Always be a Princess to Me

Courtney Reed as Jasmine, Photo by Angelo Soriano

Tonight, Courtney Reed will finish her EPIC eight year run as Broadway's original Princess Jasmine.  From the workshops to Seattle, from Toronto to Broadway, and finally to LA to reunite one last time with her original Aladdin.  Courtney has been with Aladdin since the beginning and has given so much to the show and to Jasmine.

I feel so lucky to have seen Courtney as Jasmine so many times over the last few years. To see her grow in the role and as an actress every time we went back to the show.  But more than that, I am so grateful to have gotten to know Courtney.  She is truly one of the most beautiful people you could ever hope to meet and an inspiration to so many.  Jane and I were both so happy that we were able to go to LA this week, to see Courtney as Jasmine one last time.  We're definitely going to miss seeing this incredible lady (and selfie Queen!) at stage door after the show.

Enjoy today Courtney, we truly hope you have the most magical final day and we're both so excited to see where you go next!  Wherever that is, know that we'll be supporting you and hopefully one day our paths will cross again.  You will always be a princess to us.


Salaam Worthy Friends! Clifton Davis & James Moye Say Goodbye to Agrabah

Clifton Davis as Sultan, Photo by Walter McBride
Big changes in Agrabah today as Aladdin as Clifton Davis and James Moye both take their final bows at Broadway's New Amsterdam Theatre.  Clifton is Broadway's original Sultan and has been with the show since 2013's Toronto preview run and James joined the show in 2015 as Standby Jafar and Sultan.

I've been fortunate enough to see both of these incredible actors over the last few years and Agrabah will miss having them in the show.

Another bright star departing the New Amsterdam is Isabelle McCalla, who takes her final Broadway bow as Jasmine tonight before returning to LA on Tuesday.

Here's wishing you all magical final day and all the very best for the future!

James Moye as Jafar, Photo by Angelo Soriano

Saturday, 13 January 2018

Together Again!

Courtney Reed & Adam Jacobs as Jasmine & Aladdin, Photo by Matthew Murphy

Happy Hollywood debut Courtney!!

Yes, Adam & Courtney are together again as Aladdin & Jasmine once more! And yes, this makes me insanely happy! I can't think if a better way for Courtney to end her run than with her original Aladdin :)

Make sure you catch them together while you can!

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Aladdin Opens in Hollywood!

Michael James Scott as Genie, Photo by Michael James Scott

Tonight Aladdin opens in the one place that might have more glitz and glamour than Agrabah - Hollywood!  Finishing the first year of its US Tour in style, Aladdin is making the Hollywood Pantages Theatre its home from now until 31st March.

Did someone say reunion?!  Fresh from his incredible run as Genie in Australia, Michael James Scott is back in the US and back in blue as he takes on the role once again for the Tour's Hollywood run!  And, of course, Courtney Reed, is playing her final weeks as Jasmine on tour with her original Aladdin, Adam Jacobs, from 13th January to 18th February (I still can't put in to words how happy I am that these two will be back together for her final shows!)

Whilst Courtney is in LA, Isabelle McCalla will be making her Broadway debut as Jasmine!!!  Congratulations Isabelle!!

The Tour has been on fire so far and this Hollywood run promises to simply magical!  So make sure you don't miss out and get your tickets now.

Here's wishing everyone involved with the show an incredible run and a magical opening tonight!

One Last Night for Broadway's Princess

Courtney Reed as Princess Jasmine, Photo by Cylla Von Tiedemann

I keep telling myself that this isn't the end.  That Courtney still has one more month as Jasmine, reuniting with Adam Jacobs and Michael James Scott at Hollywood Pantages Theatre for the final leg of her Disney journey.  This isn't the end.  But it is an ending.  Tonight, Courtney Reed will play her last Broadway performance and take her final bow at the New Amsterdam Theatre after four incredible years as Broadway's original Princess Jasmine.

What can I say about Courtney that I haven't said before?  She is one of nicest, kindest people you could ever meet.  She's so incredibly giving to everyone, just look at all the social media memories that are pouring out today from fans, friends and cast mates alike.  And I'm biased but she's also the greatest Jasmine you'll ever see.  It breaks my heart that Jane and I couldn't be there to support her in person for this performance, but we're totally there in spirit (yes Courtney, I'm definitely crying along with you tonight!)

Tonight isn't the end.  It's a celebration of an incredible journey that's lasted 10 years!  From early workshops to Seattle Pilots, from Toronto previews to Broadway success, to launching her own business to singing at the White House.  Like her journey, Courtney is truly remarkable.  Tonight is a celebration of that journey so far. And once that final bow comes next month, I can't wait to see where she'll go in the future.

Enjoy tonight Courtney, I hope it's magical

Sunday, 24 December 2017

A Little Christmas Magic from Aladdin

Whoopi Goldberg & Major Attaway, Photo by Lou Rocco

It's the most wonderful time of year again!

And what better way to celebrate this magical season than with some musical magic from the cast of Broadway's Aladdin!!

Earlier this week Major Attaway teamed up with Whoopi Goldberg and One Simple Wish, singing songs around the piano at a special surprise party for foster children in New York City and helping to spread some real festive joy.

Major also joined forces with the incredible ensemble of Aladdin, including Genie's past and present, to sing Carols for a Cure! You can hear their fantastic new rendition of O Come All Ye Faithful in Angelo Soriano's Facebook video and you can pick up the CD, in support of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, right here.

The magic doesn't stop there! Telly Leung and Arielle Jacobs recently visited Walt Disney World to give a special performance of A Whole New World which will air tomorrow morning as part of Disney Parks: Magical Christmas Celebration on ABC.

Merry Christmas everyone!!