Thursday, 9 August 2018

The Genie is Taking Over Instagram!

Trevor Dion Nicholas as Genie, Photo by Deen Van Meer

The Genie is here!

Or at least he will be tomorrow!

Trevor Dion Nicholas is taking over Aladdin's West End Instagram at 1pm (that's 8am for all you New Yorkers!) and answering your questions.

The take over will be happening right here - https://www.instagram.com/aladdinlondon/ - so make sure you check it out.  Maybe you'll even have your wish granted.

Thursday, 2 August 2018

Aladdin's Hiba Elchikhe and Irvine Iqbal Star in Broken Wings This Weekend


If you're in London this week make sure you head over the Theatre Royal Haymarket where Hiba Elchikhe (Australia's Jasmine) and Irvine Iqbal (London's Sultan) are starring in the new musical Broken Wings!

Hiba leads the cast as Selma Karamy with Irvine starring as the Bishop.

I wish I'd posted this sooner (and I wish I could go this weekend). You can still get tickets for tomorrow night and Saturday's two shows right here.

Here's wishing everyone involved (especially our Agrabah royalty) a fantastic run!

And here's a little taste of the show;

Monday, 30 July 2018

Broadway Princesses On Tour!

Courtney Reed, Photo by 54 Below

"I'm going to see the world, too"

That's what Jasmine said at the end of The Return of Jafar, and it's just what Broadway's original Jasmine is doing!

Yes, Courtney Reed is hitting the road with Susan Egan (Broadway's original Belle), Laura Osnes (Broadway's original Cinderella) and their Fairy Godfairy, Benjamin Rauhala, as they take the Broadway Princess Party on a US tour!

And they've launched a website!!

But that's not all! A guest Prince will be joining our royal heroines in every city, and first up is Courtney's Aladdin - Adam Jacobs!!

Adam will be joining the princesses in LA on 17th August at the Club Kraftland theatre (above That's from Disneyland) and in Minneapolis and Chicago as well!

Tickets are on sale now for LA, Minneapolis (18th August), Chicago (19th August) and Newark (15th September) and are coming soon for Overland Park (18th January), Lincoln (19th January) and Bellevue (26th January).

In their own words; "casual attire is permitted, but princess prizes will be awarded for the best cosplay costumes!"

And if you want a little teaser, here's Adam and Courtney, reunited at the last Princess Party, performing 'A Whole New World' together for the first time since they both finished their Aladdin runs earlier this year;


Some things you just never get tired of hearing. These two will always be my Aladdin and Jasmine.



Disney Theatrical's Summer Pop Up Opens Tomorrow in London

Aladdin's costumes on display at West End Live 2016

Disney Theatrical is debuting it's first ever summer pop up in London's Covent Garden tomorrow and, just like Prince Ali, to view them they're charging no fee!

From tomorrow through to Sunday 26th August, visitors to the experience will get to view the iconic masks and costumes from Disney's sensational The Lion King up close and in person, then say the magic words and enter Aladdin's cave of wonders for a photo experience with the Genie's lamp.

But that's not all!

Throughout the month guests will have the chance to attend cast signings, MAC make up demonstrations, learn some of the magical music and choreography, and see performances from these incredible shows.

Head on over to Disney on Stage right now for the full schedule. Just remember, events are first come first served so be sure to get there in plenty of time if there's something you really want to do!

I hope everyone going has a magical time!

Here's what the Aladdin got up to last time they were in Covent Garden earlier this year;

Sunday, 17 June 2018

Aladdin Brings the Magic to West End Live!


Yesterday the cast of London's Aladdin played to a packed audience at West End Live!

If you couldn't make it, or if you just want to re-live the magic, Official London Theatre have posted the full performance for you to enjoy!


You've gotta love Leon, Julian and Daniel wearing shirts that match their Babkak, Omar and Kassim costumes!

West End Live continues today, with Disney's The Lion King at 12:10pm, and Aladdin's own Trevor Dion Nicholas joining a host West End stars to take it home at 4:00pm.

UPDATED!

I'm well overdue adding this! Here's the always amazing Trevor Dion Nicholas from West End Live!




And here's London's original Babkak, Nathan Amzi bringing even more Disney magic to West End Live with Hunchback's 'Out There'

God I'd love that show to come to London!

Saturday, 16 June 2018

Catch London's Aladdin at West End Live TODAY!

The Cast of London's Aladdin at West End Live 2017

If you're in London this weekend then make sure you head over to Trafalgar Square for West End Live 2018! Starting today at 11:00am (gates open at 10:15am so go get in line!) West End Live showcases some of the best of London theatre, including Disney's Aladdin!

I went last year and had an amazing time so I'm gutted I couldn't make it again this year.

It's a fantastic weekend and a great way to see some highlights from your favourite shows and to get a glimpse at other shows you might not have considered before.

The Aladdin gang will be making magic at 11:15am today, then Trevor Dion Nicholas will be bringing us home tomorrow at 4:00pm, along with Nathan Amzi (London's original Babkak), Emma Kingston, Matt Henry and Danielle Hope in an incredible finale.

Last year Aladdin treated us to Matthew Croke singing Proud of Your Boy, duetting A Whole New World with Jade Ewen, then teaming up with Trevor Dion Nicholas and the BOK boys for Somebody's Got Your Back before Trevor finished things off with the unbeatable Friend Like Me (including an audience singalong). I can't wait to hear what they do this year!

I hope everyone going has an fantastic time!

Thursday, 14 June 2018

Genie Swap!



Trevor Dion Nicholas' lamp is all packed and ready to head back home to Pittsburgh this summer!

For a limited time only, the West End's original Genie is trading places with the US Tour's incredible Michael James Scott so that he can bring this iconic character to life in his home town.

Speaking about the move Trevor said, "My time here in the West End has been absolutely incredible so far, and I am beyond proud to call London my new home. Still, being presented with the chance to perform this phenomenal show as Genie in Pittsburg is something I cannot pass up.  In a city so close to where I grew up, having an audience full of family and friends, is another dream come true."

Michael James Scott, who's journey mirrors Trevor's from Broadway standby to leading an international production, is just as excited to be switching lamps! Saying "Playing this iconic role of Genie has taken me all over the world, something I never even dreamed of. My 'Genie Brother' Trevor Dion Nicholas has raved about his time in London, so to be a part of this awesome Genie swap and return to play the West End again is an enormous Genie-sized gift. I just can't wait!"

I just love that Disney Theatrical gives its cast members opportunities like this, allowing them to switch between productions so they can play their home towns. It's an amazing gift, not just to the actors but to their friends and families as well.

The US Tour of Disney's Aladdin is currently playing in Philadelphia, with stops in Boston and Buffalo this summer. Trevor will join the tour for it's runs in Pittsburgh from August 22nd - September 9th, Atlanta from September 12th - 23rd and New Orleans from September 26th - October 7th!

Michael James Scott is joining the West End production of Aladdin from August 17th - September 30th.

And here's the announcement from the Genie himself!

US audiences are in for an incredible treat when this home town superstar hits the stage of the Benedum Center later this year!  And I can't wait to finally see Michael James Scott as Genie!  He was sensational as Babkak when I saw him in the original Broadway production and I missed him in LA earlier this year, so I'm really excited to see what he brings to the role!