Published on April 5th, 2017 | by admin
DISNEY’S BROADWAY SMASH HIT TO OPEN IN MELBOURNE THIS MONTH
Disney’s Aladdin, one of the largest and most spectacular productions to ever grace an Australian stage, arrives at Her Majesty’s Theatre, beginning performances April 15.
“a supercharged salaam to fabulousness”
“Disney has done it again”
Based on the Academy Award-winning animated film and produced by Disney Theatrical Productions (The Lion King, Mary Poppins in Australia), Aladdin features music by Tony Award and eight-time Oscar® winner Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast, Newsies, Sister Act, Little Shop of Horrors), lyrics by two-time Oscar winner Howard Ashman (Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid), three-time Tony Award and three-time Oscar winner Tim Rice (Evita, Aida) and four-time Tony Award nominee Chad Beguelin (The Wedding Singer), with a book by Beguelin, and is directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Casey Nicholaw (The Book of Mormon).
The principal cast features Michael James Scottin the role of the Genie, Ainsley Melhamas Aladdin, Hiba Elchikhe as Jasmine, Adam Murphyas Jafar, Aljin Abella as Iago, George Henare as the Sultan, Adam Jon Fiorentinoas Kassim, Troy Sussman as Babkak and Robert Tripolino as Omar.
With a cast of 34, and a staggering 337 glittering costumes, 1,225 different fabrics, 712 different styles of beads, almost 500,000 Swarovski crystals Aladdin promises to be the largest and most spectacular productions in Australia to date. Forty tonnes of exotic flying scenery and 60 tonnes of automation and staging have been built into Her Majesty’s Theatre to recreate the fantasy city of Agrabah including the colourful marketplace, the lush palace of the Sultan and his princess daughter Jasmine and the legendary Cave of Wonders.
“The most extraordinary spectacle in musical theatre history”
Aladdin, adapted from the Disney film and centuries-old folktales including “One Thousand and One Nights,” is brought to fresh theatrical life in this bold new musical. Aladdin’s journey sweeps audiences into an exotic world of daring adventure, classic comedy and timeless romance. This new production features a full score, including the five cherished songs from the Academy Award-winning soundtrack, and more written especially for the stage.
“an exuberant musical comedy”
Aladdin opened on Broadway to critical acclaim on March 20, 2014 and quickly established itself as one of the biggest new blockbusters in recent years, breaking 11 New Amsterdam Theatre house records and welcoming over 4 million people worldwide. Its global footprint has expanded to include productions in Tokyo, Hamburg, London and Australia with a North American tour launching in Chicago this month.
“Ecstatic & enjoyably old-fashioned! A very winning stage show. It has the charm and pizazz of the best musical comedies from the 1950s.”
The Huffington Post
“Fabulous & extravagant with relentless razzle dazzle!”
The New York Times
The animated film Aladdin was released by Disney in 1992 and was a critical and box office smash, grossing over $500 million worldwide (not adjusted for inflation) and becoming the highest-grossing film of the year.
The film won an Oscar for Best Original Score and a second for Best Original Song with “A Whole New World,” which also won a Grammy Award for Song of the Year.
Aladdin is designed by seven-time Tony-winning scenic designer Bob Crowley, six-time Tony-winning lighting designer Natasha Katz, two-time Tony-winning costume designer Gregg Barnes and sound designer Ken Travis.
The production team also includes illusion designer Jim Steinmeyer, hair designer Josh Marquette and makeup designer Milagros Medina-Cerdeira. The music team is headed by music supervisor and music director Michael Kosarin, who also created the vocal and incidental music arrangements, joined by orchestrator Danny Troob and dance music arranger Glen Kelly.
Tickets are now on sale through Ticketek.com.au or 13 28 49