Broadway Exclusive – New “Aladdin” on Broadway Cast Portraits

Buzzfeed recently did a fun interview with the main Broadway cast of Disney’s Aladdin. With that interview, they also shared some gorgeous cast portraits taken by photographer Cylla von Tiedemann. These new photos feature Adam Jacobs (Aladdin), Courtney Reed (Jasmine), and James Monroe Iglehart (Genie) and some supporting cast members.

Previews for the show will be starting at the New Amsterdam Theatre on February 26 and the show officially opens on March 20! Get more information on the show take a look at the official website. Check out the photos and a behind-the-scenes video below:

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photos by Cylla von Tiedemann for Disney’s “Aladdin” on Broadway

Sources: Buzzfeed and AladdintheMusical.com

Broadway Exclusive – “Matilda” Movie Musical Adaptation in Early Development

Fans of the new hit Broadway show, Matilda, may be interested to hear that a movie musical could be heading to the silver screen. Tony winner Dennis Kelly, who wrote the musical’s book, will be writing the screenplay for the proposed movie musical.

However, a contract agreement prohibits any film version being made until at least six years after the Broadway opening. This means that fans may have to wait until at least 2019 for even a glimpse at the movie. Even though that might be disappointing news, director Matthew Warchus shared that composer Tim Minchin might contribute some new music for the film.

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In a recent interview the the U.K.’s Daily Mail Warchus had this to say: “It’ll be different from what we did on stage. Matilda‘s imagination lends itself very much to film. We can open up her amazing acrobat stories. And there will be the conundrum of trying to capture the naughtiness and anarchy of the stage version.”

Matilda is still running at the Shubert Theatre and young actresses Sophia Gennusa, Oona Laurence, Bailey Ryon and Milly Shapiro all take turns performing the lead role.

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Sources: Broadway.com and Daily Mail

Broadway Exclusive – First Look at Disney’s “Aladdin” on Broadway

Several of the classic Disney films have already been created into successful and stunning Broadway musicals by Disney Theatrical. The latest Disney story to get the Broadway treatment is the well-known story of Aladdin.

Aladdin is currently previewing at the Ed Mirvish Theatre in Toronto until January 5, 2014. From there, the production will head to Broadway’s New Amsterdam Theatre starting on February 26, 2014.

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The show stars Adam Jacobs as Aladdin, Courtney Reed as Jasmine, James Monroe Iglehart as the Genie, and Jonathan Freeman as Jafar. Interesting fact for the day, Freeman actually voiced Jafar in the original 1992 animated film!

The creative team behind this show includes Tony-winning director and choreographer Casey Nicholaw, with sets done by Bob Crowley, costumes by Gregg Barnes, and lighting by Natasha Katz. Plus, bookwriter Chad Beguelin and Alan Menken have composed new songs for the score, which includes “A Whole New World” and “Friend Like Me.”

Aladdin, Toronto 2013

What do you think of the cast and the creative team behind this show? Do you think it will have a strong and successful run on Broadway? Would you be interested in seeing this show? What do you think of these exclusive photos? 

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Source: Entertainment Weekly