A WHOLE NEW WORLD: Disney’s Beloved Musical Classic ALADDIN Celebrates its Third Birthday at London’s Prince Edward Theatre
Disney’s Aladdin marked its anniversary this week having celebrated its official opening night three years ago on 15 June 2016. The spectacular West End musical has now welcomed more than two million audience members at the Prince Edward Theatre where tickets are on sale for performances up to and including Saturday 24 August 2019 – when it will conclude its magical run in London.
To celebrate the third anniversary, the audience were treated to a post-curtain appearance by the Genie, Trevor Dion Nicholas, who declared that each audience member that night would receive a limited edition poster commemorating the occasion. Three winners were also selected randomly from the auditorium and granted a special prize to come backstage and meet some of the cast, as well as receive a goody bag filled with Aladdin treasures.
Matthew Croke stars as Aladdin alongside Jade Ewen as Jasmine in the hit musical based on the classic Academy Award®-winning animated film. Trevor Dion Nicholas plays Genie and is joined by Fred Johanson as Jafar, Jermaine Woods as Iago, Irvine Iqbal as the Sultan, Leon Craig as Babkak, Daniel de Bourg as Kassim and Julian Capolei as Omar.
Aladdin features the timeless songs from the 1992 animated film as well as new music written by Tony®, Olivier and eight-time Academy Award winner Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast, Newsies, Little Shop Of Horrors). With lyrics from Olivier Award and two-time Oscar® winner Howard Ashman (Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid), three-time Tony and Olivier Award, three-time Oscar winner Tim Rice (Evita, Aida), and four-time Tony Award nominee Chad Beguelin (The Wedding Singer), and a book by Beguelin, Aladdin is directed and choreographed by Tony and Olivier Award winner Casey Nicholaw (The Book of Mormon).
Now in its fifth record-breaking year on Broadway at the New Amsterdam Theatre, Aladdin’s global presence has grown to six productions on four continents, and has been seen by more than 10 million people to date. The scale and reach of the show’s popularity continues on a parallel track internationally, as the show’s global footprint has expanded to include productions that continue playing in Tokyo, Stuttgart, London and New Zealand as well as a tour across North America.
Previous Disney stage productions in London have included Shakespeare in Love and the Olivier-winning productions of Beauty and the Beast, Mary Poppins and The Lion King, which is now playing its 20th year in the West End.
Aladdin is designed by Olivier and seven-time Tony-winning scenic designer Bob Crowley, five-time Tony-winning lighting designer Natasha Katz, Olivier and two-time Tony-winning costume designer Gregg Barnes and sound designer Ken Travis. Casting is by Jill Green CDG.
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.
The full company also includes Angeline Bell, Robertina Bonano, Pàje Campbell, Lauren Chia, Bianca Cordice, Reece Darlington-Delaire, Kade Ferraiolo, Ivan De Freitas, Tarik Frimpong, Antony Hewitt, Patrick John, Abigail Johnson, Dann Kharsa, Victoria Layzell, Mitch Leow, Oliver Lidert, Richard Murphy, Ian Oswald, Ethan Le Phong, Alex Pinder, Tarisha Rommick, Kyle Seeley, Sadie-Jean Shirley, Dominic Sibanda, Ricardo Spriggs, Kayleigh Thadani, Justin Thomas, Damien Winchester, and Niko Wirachmann. During the anniversary performances on Saturday 15 June, the role of Jasmine was played by Courtney Reed.
Prince Edward Theatre
28 Old Compton St
London W1D 4HS
Box Office number: 0844 482 5151
Find ALADDIN on Facebook: Aladdin London, Twitter: @AladdinLondon and Instagram: @AladdinLondon.
ALADDIN plays Monday to Saturday at 7.30pm with matinee performances on Thursday and Saturday at 2.30pm.
ALADDIN is booking until Friday 23 August 2019 for groups and Saturday 24 August 2019 for individuals.
A limited number of tickets are available via an online lottery. The lottery opens at 11am on Mondays and closes at 11am on Tuesdays. Entrants can select up to 3 performances for the following week and are eligible to win up to 2 tickets (priced at £20 each) per draw. Entrants can choose to enter for a pair of tickets or a single seat. To enter the Aladdin ticket lottery click here.
About Disney Theatrical Productions
DISNEY THEATRICAL PRODUCTIONS, a division of The Walt Disney Studios, was formed in 1994 and operates under the direction of Thomas Schumacher. Worldwide, its 10 Broadway titles have been seen by over 200 million theatergoers and have been nominated for 62 Tony® Awards, winning Broadway’s highest honor 20 times. With more than 20 productions currently produced or licensed, a Disney musical is being performed professionally somewhere on the planet virtually every hour of the day.
The company’s inaugural production, Beauty and the Beast, opened in 1994. It played a remarkable 13 year run on Broadway and has been produced in 37 countries worldwide.
In November 1997, Disney opened The Lion King, which received six 1998 Tony Awards including Best Musical. After 21 landmark years on Broadway, it has welcomed more than 100 million visitors worldwide to date, and can currently be seen in nine productions worldwide. Having played 20 countries on every continent except Antarctica, The Lion King’s worldwide gross exceeds that of any film, Broadway show or other entertainment title in box office history.
Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida opened on Broadway next, winning four 2000 Tony Awards. It was followed by Mary Poppins, a co-production with Cameron Mackintosh, which opened in London in 2004 and went on to enjoy a six year Tony-winning Broadway run.
Tarzan®, which opened on Broadway in 2006, went on to become an international hit with an award-winning production enjoying a 10-year run in Germany. In January 2008, The Little Mermaid opened on Broadway and was the #1-selling new musical of that year.
Disney Theatrical Productions opened two critically acclaimed productions on Broadway in 2012, receiving seven Tony Awards between them: Peter and the Starcatcher and Newsies, each of which enjoyed a two-year run with the latter launching a two-year North American tour and a record-breaking Fathom Events’ in-cinema release.
Aladdin, Disney Theatrical’s 2014 hit, continues selling out on Broadway and has launched five additional productions around the globe. Its newest hit, the 2018 Tony-nominated Best Musical Frozen, continunes setting records in its Broadway run.
Other successful stage ventures have included the Olivier-nominated London hit Shakespeare in Love, stage productions of Disney’s High School Musical, Der Glöckner Von Notre Dame in Berlin, and King David in concert. DTP has collaborated with the country’s leading regional theatres to develop new stage musicals including The Jungle Book, The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Freaky Friday.