|Adam Jacobs as Aladdin, Photo by Cylla Von Tiedemann|
Welcome to another weekly news round up for Broadway's Aladdin!
The biggest event this week was the live AMA with Adam Jacobs, James Monroe Iglehart and Jonathan Freeman! The Q&A with the stars was a lot a fun and revealed several behind the scenes tidbits along with plenty of hilarious stories! The official Disney Blog has the highlights or you can read the full Q&A over at Reddit. I'd definitely recommend reading the full thing!
Aladdin's book writer and lyricist Chad Beguelin and Disney Theatrical's Thomas Schumacher made the OUT100 2014 List this week, where the year's most compelling people pay homage to pivotal moments in LGBT history. The article links 2 moments - the November 25th 1992 premiere of Aladdin in cinemas and the 26th February 2014 debut of Aladdin on Broadway. The short piece also contains a very thought provoking comment by Chad Beguelin that gave me a deeper understanding and appreciation of Proud of Your Boy. I've read before that Beauty and the Beast's Mob Song is speaking about AIDS (which Howard was tragically dying of when he wrote the song), but I'd never considered the added level to Proud of Your Boy that would come from being gay. Howard Ashman's talent is nothing short of incredible. To be able to write songs that not only drive the narrative forward and perfectly fit the characters they are written for but at the same time to reflect his own life, his own feelings and emotions, is simply astounding.
Do you remember Broadway.com's Justin "Squigs" Robertson's portrait done in honour of the show's opening night? If not here's a quick reminder;
You like it? Well now you can officially get the T-Shirt! You can pick yours up either in person at the New Amsterdam Theatre or at Aladdin's online store!
And on the subject of Broadway.com, CONGRATULATIONS to James Monroe Iglehart who came 4th in Broadway.com's "10 Must-See Performances on Broadway Right Now"!
Broadway World is reporting that Aladdin's Yurel Echezeretta took part in the Sueno Pop: Pulso Latino concert last weekend. The event celebrated Latin pop music and featured a host of stars from both Broadway and TV.
Gavin Doyle of DisneyDose posted a special story on Inside the Magic about a recent trip to Broadway, including his stage door experience at Disney's Aladdin. As a special bonus the article also includes the Disney Dose podcast where Gavin interviewed by Adam Jacobs and James Monroe Iglehart! I've posted a link to the interview before (it was originally released back in September) but if you've not heard it then it's well worth checking out!
The Daily Item has posted a heart warming story about a young girl who's dreams came true as the Make A Wish Foundation took her and her mother on a magical holiday to New York City, including a trip to Aladdin with a behind the scenes meeting with the cast. I just love stories like this and I wish Lily all the best for her hospital evaluation this week.
And finally, Playbill is reporting that Andrew Keenan-Bolger (who played Omar in 5th Avenue's 2011 Pilot Production) is re-teaming with Aladdin Director/Choreographer Casey Nicholaw for the new musical Tuck Everlasting. The Premiere Production will take place in Atlanta at the Alliance Theatre from January 21st - February 22nd 2015. Whilst dates have not yet been announced for Broadway it is believed that the production is Broadway bound so watch this space!
I'll come back to the reviews in a second, first take a look at this;