This blog is dedicated to Disney's Aladdin: Broadway's New Musical Comdey. Following a successful Pilot Production at Seattle's 5th Avenue Theatre in 2011, and regional and international productions in 2012, Disney announced that Aladdin would be coming to Broadway in 2014. Aladdin had it's pre-Broadway engagement at Toronto's Ed Mirvish Theatre and opened on Broadway 20th March 2014.
Wednesday, 11 September 2013
Broadway Rumour Report #3 - Andrew Keenan-Bolger Not Returning as Omar
Andrew Keenan-Bolger as Omar (centre) with the Seattle Cast of Aladdin, Photo by Chris Bennion
Sadly this is less a rumour and more a logical deduction. At the end of last week Andrew Keenan-Bolger, Omar in the Seattle Pilot Production of Aladdin, tweeted that he will be starring in his first play Off Broadway later this year, A.R. Gurney's Family Fortunes at The Flea Theatre. This is of course fantastic news for Andrew but the dates of this production (12th November through 22nd December) make it clear that he will not be returning to Aladdin as he will be starring in Family Fortunes in New York whilst Aladdin is having its preview run in Toronto.
Andrew very graciously allowed me to interview him for this blog back in 2011 and I wish him all the best with this new production. I hope that he's in something on Broadway next spring as I'd love to be able to show my support by seeing him on stage.
So with Adam Jacobs apparently confirmed that's 1 in and 1 out so far from the original Seattle cast. Who will be taking Andrew's place? Could it be Randy Aaron or Jason Graae from the Tuacahn or Muny productions or someone completely new? We should hopefully know soon, with the show due to open in just over 2 months the official press release can't be far away!