Sunday, 28 September 2014

Broadway News Round Up 16

Adam Jacobs as Aladdin, Photo by Cylla Von Tiedemann
Ok, after doing amateur shows and having internet problems I'm finally back with the first of three news round ups covering all of the Aladdin Broadway news from the last few weeks!  After a few slow news weeks it seems the flood gates have opened again so there's a lot to catch up on!  Ready?  Here we go!

ABC News recently went behind the scenes and have now posted their full Back Stage Pass special online with some amazing video footage from the show.  This is one not to be missed!

Disney Insider interviewed Aladdin himself, Adam Jacobs

I Believe has posted their 6 reasons why Aladdin on Broadway is unmissable

A host of Broadway stars, from Chicago, Mamma Mia!, The Rockettes and Aladdin's own Genie, James Monroe Iglehart, teamed up to help Meredith Vieira launch the new The Meredith Vieira Show;

Adam Jacobs took part in a fantastic interview with Paul Wontorek on's Show People.

For Broadway Week Aladdin offered one lucky couple a choice between 3 magical wishes;

This next video is just something awesome that the cast of Aladdin did for the daughter of cast member Andrew Cao;

Merwin Foard, who you may have seen in Broadway's Aladdin as Jafar or Sultan, has been adding another Disney credit to his resume.  Even if you haven't seen Merwin bring Jafar or Sultan to life on stage you will have certainly heard his voice if you're a Disney fan as he has lent his vocals to animated classics such as Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Mulan and Aladdin and the King of Thieves as the singing voice of Aladdin's father, Cassim.  For this new project he's traded the arid heat of the Agrabah deserts for something a little more... Frozen.

Photo by Merwin Foard

Not strictly Aladdin related but it is exciting news from Disney Theatrical - the cast has been announced for The Hunchback of Notre Dame!!  I have wanted to see this show since hearing the Berlin cast album several years ago and there's been that much talk on and off over the years that I almost thought it would never happen, but it's finally coming to the stage at the La Jolla Playhouse (October 26th - December 14th 2014, extended from the initially announced December 7th) and the Papermill Playhouse (March 4th - April 5th 2015).  The show is directed by Scott Schwartz with a book by Peter Parnell and features music by composer Alan Menken and lyricist Stephen Schwartz who provided the beautiful soundtrack for the original animated classic.  The cast is headed up by Michael Arden as Quasimodo, Patrick Page as Frollo, Ciara Renee as Esmeralda, Andrew Samonsky as Phoebus and Erik Liberman as Clopin.  The full cast announcement can be seen at Broadway World.  Disney's D23 fan club is already offering their members an exclusive VIP Experience (similar to the ones they have previously offered for Aladdin) and have posted an interview with Patrick Page about his portrayal of Frollo and his previous work with Disney Theatrical.

And finally, make sure you cast your vote for the Broadway Cast Recording of Aladdin in Broadway World's 2014 Album Awards!

Ok, that's everything from September 1st through September 10th (when Aladdin celebrated 200 performances on Broadway!), on Tuesday I'll be posting the next news round up covering 11th-20th September before finally getting up to date on Wednesday!  It's good to be back!

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