Aladdin marks 10 stellar years on Broadway

by James Wilkinson

Aladdin, already among the biggest hits in Broadway history, has celebrated its 10th anniversary at New York’s New Amsterdam Theatre.

The exciting, thrilling and brilliant production has played over 3,500 performances and welcomed nearly 6 million guests to the New Amsterdam Theatre and it ranks number 15 on the list of all-time Broadway long runs.

In the decade since Aladdin opened, only the mega-hits The Lion King, Wicked and Hamilton have grossed more at the box office.

Globally, Aladdin has achieved reach and enduring popularity rare among Broadway musicals.

There have been 11 productions on four continents showcasing the spectacle created by Director-Choreographer Casey Nicholaw and his extraordinary creative team, winners of a collective 24 career Tony Awards.

The current cast of Aladdin stars Michael Maliakel making his Broadway debut in the title role, Michael James Scott as Genie, Sonya Balsara as Jasmine and Dennis Stowe as Jafar.

The show also features Milo Alosi, Zach Bencal and Brad Weinstock as Aladdin’s sidekicks Kassim, Babkak and Omar, JC Montgomery as Sultan and Don Darryl Rivera as Iago. Caleb Barnett, Jeremy Gaston and Wes Hart stand by for several principals.

Aladdin, adapted from the animated 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 exciting 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.

The animated film Aladdin was released by Disney in 1992 and was a critical and box office smash, becoming the highest-grossing film of the year.


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