Monday, 7 May 2012
Cast Announced for the Tuacahn's Production of Aladdin
Little behind the times with this one! At the end of last month Playbill and the Tuacahn's blog announced the principle cast for this summer's production of Aladdin: The New Stage Musical. Like the world premiere in Seattle last year, this production is bringing together a cast of Broadway and regional performers to bring the classic story to life;
Aladdin - Dan Domenech
Princess Jasmine - Haley Carlucci
Edward Juvier - Genie
Jafar - Michael G. Hawkins
Iago - Jeff Asch
Babkak - Paul Vogt
Omar - Randy Aaron
Kassim - Todd Dubail
Sultan - Bob Walton
Playbill goes on to state that "The Tuacahn production marks the first regional engagement of the newly expanded and revised production of Aladdin, which first debuted at Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre July 7, 2011.Tuacahn artistic director Scott S. Anderson will stage the production that is set to run in repertory with Hairspray through October. The company also presented the post-Broadway regional premieres of Disney’s The Little Mermaid and Tarzan.
The two-hour and 15-minute stage adaptation incorporates the Academy Award-winning songs from the 1992 film, penned by composer Alan Menken (Sister Act, Leap of Faith, Newsies) and lyricists Howard Ashman (Little Shop of Horrors, The Little Mermaid) and Tim Rice (Evita, Jesus Christ Superstar), with a new book by Chad Beguelin (The Wedding Singer), who has also penned new lyrics along with Menken. Aladdin also restores several songs that were cut prior to the original film release.
The Tuacahn production is staged by special arrangement with Disney Theatrical Productions and Music Theater International."
The full cast and creative team will be announced shortly (be sure to keep an eye on the Tuacahn's Blog here) and be sure to check back tonight as I'm planning on doing the first of two extended posts on the principle cast as I did for 5th Avenue's world premiere production last year.
And whilst you're checking out the Tuacahn's blog, make sure you read their latest post which goes behind the scenes of the production to look at the green screen filming of some of the 3DS special effects which will be used to help create the magic (I'm not entirely sure what the S stands for, and a quick google search is only giving me the Nintendo console, so I guess I'll have to wait and find out next month when I see the show!).