|James Monroe Iglehart as Genie, Photo by Disney Theatrical|
I don't know why but I never thought this day would come, or maybe I just wished it wouldn't. Disney Theatrical announced this morning that James Monroe Iglehart, who's brought the Genie to magical life since the first Seattle try out, will grant his final wish on Sunday February 19th.
So what's next for Broadway's most beloved wish granter? Hamilton! Yep, you'll need a real Genie to stand a chance of getting tickets to see him now! James will take on the dual role of Marquis de Lafayette and Thomas Jefferson in April (date to be confirmed) in Broadway's sold out smash hit!
But for the next month you can still catch him making magic and bring audiences to their feet in Agrabah and I would urge you to do just that. No one makes magic quite like James Monroe Iglehart!
With both James and Adam leaving the show (or at least the Broadway production in Adam's case) it feels a bit like the end of The Return of the King and the breaking of the Fellowship. Ok, that's probably a bit overly dramatic (unless Disney Theatrical have any more surprise announcements up their sleeve we still have original principals Courtney, Don Darryl, Jonathan and Brian from the Seattle production and Clifton who's been with the show since Toronto) but it really does feel like this is the end of an era in many ways.
James, I wish you all the best for Hamilton and can't wait to see you bring the house down in your final weeks in Agrabah!