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Menken ha intenzione di portare la versione musical del film Aladdin a Broadway...

Lo ha riferito in occasione di un'intervista per l'uscita di Rapunzel...

Dal sito Collider:
Intervista a Menken... ecco cosa dice a proposito di questo musical

You are constantly developing something new, including the upcoming theatrical production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

Menken: The main things that are going on is Leap of Faith is opening here at the Ahmanson Theatre on October 3rd. That’s my gospel musical. Sister Act is running in London at the Palladium, and coming to Broadway in the spring. So those are my two, big, active projects, and then there is a stage musical of Newsies, Hunchback, and Aladdin all coming.
shaoran-kun
Beh, ma quindi non si riferisce al musical prodotto a Disneyland?! Intende una produzione tutta nuova, con nuove canzoni oltre a quelle storiche del film? Bene, bene!
Daydreamer
ma perchè invece a me l'idea non entusiasma più di tanto... dry.gif , certo, quella colonna sonora a teatro farà il botto, so solo io come sono affezionato a A Whole New World, tuttavia io ultimamente ho perso il fascino per le Mille e una Notte, questa è la realtà ... (forse avrei preferito Hercules...)
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CITAZIONE (shaoran-kun @ 29/9/2010, 1:34) *
Beh, ma quindi non si riferisce al musical prodotto a Disneyland?! Intende una produzione tutta nuova, con nuove canzoni oltre a quelle storiche del film? Bene, bene!


No, non è "Aladdin: a musical spectacular" di Disneyland... è proprio un nuovo musical ispirato al film, come ci sono stati La Sirenetta, Il Re Leone e la Bella e la Bestia: Aladdin era l'ultimo di quella tetralogia che la Disney suole definite "epoca d'oro della Rinascita" a non essere ancora stato portato a Broadway... adesso Menken vuol farlo...

Per Hecules, magari lo faranno...ma ricordiamoci che c'è ancora Pocahontas che Menken sognava di realizzare a Broadway subito dopo il Gobbo portato in Germania... vedremo...

intanto godetevi queste news e quando si saprà altro, lo vedremo...
Daydreamer
dato le critiche contrastanti in USA ancora mi chiedo se a Londra si vedrà mai La Sirenetta...io lo spero tanto...
Sotto quest'aspetto, ossia di rendere "live on stage" il best degli anni '90, beh, allora Aladdin ci vuole proprio...Grazie Veu dell'appunto, in effetti vedrei la cosa da un altro punto di vista wink.gif ...
Non sapevo di Pocahontas! curioso...
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Da Broadway world:

PC: I was just talking to Don Hahn about all the great cut songs you wrote with Howard for ALADDIN. Could you tell me about those?

AM: We're getting them back!

PC: How so?

AM: We're doing a stage musical of ALADDIN and all those songs are going to be in it.

PC: How wonderful! Tell me everything! Who's doing the adaptation with you?

AM: Chad Beguelin wrote the book. He did a fantastic job. He and I also wrote a new song that will be going in, along with a lot of the cut Howard Ashman songs and some of the cut Tim Rice songs, and a song that I wrote music and lyrics for that was in the theatrical adaptation at California Adventure.

PC: That's quite a team, then - you, Ashman, Rice, Beguelin! Will it be substantially different from the film?

AM: It has more of the feeling of a Hope & Crosby road picture - which is what Howard and I originally wanted for the musical. We are going to try it out, hopefully, next summer.

PC: Do you have a design team in place yet? It will be especially important for a stage ALADDIN, I would think.

AM: No, not yet.

PC: It has such great possibilities. It should be good!

AM: Let's hope so! Knock on wood. You never know, you never know.
giagia
Quindi ci sarà anche To Be Free.... vediamo... interessante questo ripescaggio delle canzoni di Ashman (che ritirino fuori Babkak, Omar e Kassim e la mamma di Al?) non sapevo ci fossero delle canzoni di Tim Rice tagliate...
CheshireCat
qualcosa tipo la bella e la bestia con nuove canzoni e scenari da paura!speriamo bene
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Il musical Aladdin debutterà quest'estate a Seattle e poi arriverà a Broadway.

Dal sito SeattleTimes:

'Aladdin' coming, 'Oklahoma' postponed, at 5th Avenue in Seattle
5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle gets a Disney deal to stage a premiere of the musical "Aladdin."

The 5th Avenue Theatre has apparently forged a deal with the Walt Disney Company to stage the world premiere of a new Disney musical, "Aladdin," in the summer.

Dates and other specifics have not been set.

A planned July production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Oklahoma!" will be postponed until the 2011-12 season, according to an internal 5th Avenue memo obtained by The Seattle Times.

A spokesman for the theater had no comment.
Donald Duck
Ma no...io volevo vederlo quest'estate a Broadway! cry.gif
giagia
Calma ragazzi, che dopo The Little Mermaid (che reputo fantastico, anche se privo di un suo stile, e il cui finale poteva benissimo essere fatto meglio) c'è il rischio facciano cavolate, lasciategli tempo per creare un bel prodotto
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Dal sito Nationaltour Broadway:

Casting call:

BABKAK – 20s, chubby, romantic desert dweller, part of Aladdin’s band; the “Crosby” of this Arabian “Road” picture, although perhaps with a bit more flair.

OMAR
– 20s, nervous, diminutive desert dweller, part of Aladdin’s band; the “Lamour”.

KASSIM – 20s, tough (inside and out) desert dweller, part of Aladdin’s band; the “Hope”.

ALADDIN – 20s, clever, resourceful street urchin with a heart of gold; best friends with Babkak, Omar and Kassim; seeks a life beyond the confines of poverty.

JASMINE – 20s, intelligent young princess with insight beyond her years and station; seeks a life beyond the confines of privilege.

SULTAN – 50s, kind-hearted, widowed ruler of Agrabah; gets so caught up in following the law and tradition that he overlooks his daughter’s desires and gets swindled by his own vizier .

IAGO – 40s, dim-witted, classic-comedy lackey to Jafar.

GENIE – 30s-40s, quick-witted, fast-talking, ancient genie who knows all time and place; an old-school song-and-dance man.

RAZOUL – stern captain of the Royal Guard.

ENSEMBLE - all shapes and sizes.
shaoran-kun
E Giagia c'aveva visto giusto su Babkak, Omar e Kassim!
giagia
EVVAAAAAAAIIIIIIII! Ho sempre sognato di fare la loro conoscenza (e "Babkak, Omar, Aladdin, Kassim" l'ho sempre ritenuta una delle mie canzoni preferite)... (grazie Howard, ancora una volta e ovunque tu sia, grazie wub.gif cry.gif ) Una cosa strana (veu, forse mi potete essere d'aiuto) al casting call manca Jafar, come mai? (che vogliano, primo caso nella storia dei musical Disney, riproporre Freeman essendo lui una leggenda di Broadway?)
veu
Sai Giagia che anche noi l'abbiamo pensata come te... adesso vediamo di informarci un po'...
giagia
QUOTE (veu @ 18/1/2011, 23:37) *
Sai Giagia che anche noi l'abbiamo pensata come te... adesso vediamo di informarci un po'...

Come al solito GRAZIE! Siete unici ragazzi! Saluto.gif
Daydreamer
Ma che Bello tutto questo! ...Grazie veu e Grazie Giagia per il complemento e chiusa di ogni loro news wink.gif
veu
Grazie a voi che apprezzate le news... grazie davvero!!!
Cenerentolino
Sarebbe bellissimo ragazzi se potessimo andare tutti insieme a vederlo!
giagia
Se tra qualche anno approda a Londra ci si potrebbe anche organizzare. New York, almeno per ora, è fuori dalle mie tasche...
Cenerentolino
CITAZIONE (giagia @ 19/1/2011, 2:34) *
Se tra qualche anno approda a Londra ci si potrebbe anche organizzare. New York, almeno per ora, è fuori dalle mie tasche...

Non parliamo delle mie eheheh.gif eheheh.gif
Anche se come primo show di Broadway avrei voluto vedere Ariel
giagia
Beh, Shrek è arrivato a Londra, quindi spero che prima o poi lo faccia anche lei. Pur essendo uno stra-mega-extra-super-iper-fansfegatato dei musical ancora non ho visto un musical a Broadway (passai davanti alla 42nd street quando davano The Lion King, ma avendo già passato una giornata a Disneyland USA i miei non vollero sentir ragione, rimediai anni dopo vedendolo a Londra).
Daydreamer
Giagia se non ti spiace io vorrei saperne di più delle tue opinioni su The Little Mermaid...personalmente ne conosco solo la storia, una canzone che adoro (She's in love) e niente di più...Thank you for sharing
giagia
Ok Ale, domani scrivo una recensione sul musical di The Little Mermaid. (ora sono un po' incasinato tra lavoro e Glee Night)
Daydreamer
Grazie!!! flowers2.gif
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Ecco cosa ci è arrivato via email:

Recently LaughingPlace.com shared Broadway World's report that a new stage musical version of Aladdin featuring the songs of Alan Menken, Howard Ashman and Tim Rice was coming to Seattle. Now comes official word that a new Aladdin stage musical featuring all of the beloved songs from the film’s Oscar®-winning score plus never-before heard Menken/Ashman songs restored from early drafts of the score will begin previews on July 7 and runs until July 31, 2011 at The 5th Avenue Theatre. Librettist Chad Beguelin who wrote the books for The Rhythm Club, Wicked City and The Wedding Singer, which made its premiere at The 5th Avenue in 2006 will contribute additional lyrics.

The new Aladdin musical will be a loving homage to the Hope-Crosby road pictures, which was the author's original vision and will feature a score invoking the jazz sounds of stars like Cab Calloway and Fats Waller.

Steve Fickinger, VP Creative Development and Licensing for Disney Theatrical Productions, said, “Responding to extraordinary demand from our licensing customers for a full length, two-act version of Aladdin, Alan Menken brought to us the idea of returning to the highly theatrical vision he and Howard Ashman had originally conceived but that had proved unsuitable for the film. Our goal with this pilot production of Aladdin at The 5th Avenue is to launch this title for inclusion in our innovative professional and regional theatre licensing catalog.”

Tickets for Aladdin are available by calling 206-625-1900/toll-free 888-5TH-4TIX (584-4849), at the box office at 1308 5th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101, or online at 5thavenue.org.
shaoran-kun
Non immaginavo che la produzione dello spettacolo fosse a uno stadio così avanzato, sono contentissimo e non vedo l'ora di ascoltare le nuove canzoni. Ogni lavoro di mr Menken merita almeno un'occhiata! Oltretutto, le canzoni dello spettacolo avranno versi composti da 4 autori diversi, sono curiosissimo di vedere quale sarà il risultato finale. Nel frattempo, vado alla ricerca dell'album "A musical spectacular".
Daydreamer
quoto Shaoran, niente da aggiungere, salvo che sono stra curioso di conoscere il plot...a differenze di La Bella e la Bestia e Aladdin, questa fiaba sarà del tutto stravolta narrativamente rispetto al film e in qualche maniera ci aspetterà tutto un film nuovo...Sono in ansia per conoscere la "I want song" di Jasmine...ho sempre pensato che fosse tristissimo che nel film non ci fosse un assolo per lei, come per tutte le Disney Princess che l'hanno preceduta...Ok che il protagonista è Aladdin, ma che ci posso fà, mi è sempre dispiaciuto...ora finalmente ci sarà di sicuro ed io spero che per lei abbiano composto un pezzo straordinario, tipo "a change in me", da cui ora non posso più prescindere se penso a Belle...anche se è stato concepito solo per il teatro smile.gif ...
giagia
QUOTE (shaoran-kun @ 22/1/2011, 23:17) *
Nel frattempo, vado alla ricerca dell'album "A musical spectacular".

Andrew, sai già dove trovarlo wink.gif ne riparliamo in mp (invito esteso a tutti gli interessati...)

Ale, penso che come I want song di Jasmine riprendano To Be Free. Non penso invece riprendano "Call Me a Princess" o forse lo faranno in chiave ironica, o cantata da uno dei principi-pretendenti di Jasmine per lamentarsi di lei...
Daydreamer
QUOTE (giagia @ 25/1/2011, 11:30) *
Andrew, sai già dove trovarlo wink.gif ne riparliamo in mp (invito esteso a tutti gli interessati...)

Ale, penso che come I want song di Jasmine riprendano To Be Free. .


Carina! Grazie, non l'avevo mai sentita prima d'ora...Forse ricorda un pò "Home" / "Casa Mia" di Belle, ma è piacevole...e sicuramente, anche se non te lo chiedo, l'ha scritta Alan Menken immagino...è una sua tipica partitura...

To Be Free - Jasmine
Cenerentolino
CITAZIONE (Daydreamer @ 25/1/2011, 21:15) *
Carina! Grazie, non l'avevo mai sentita prima d'ora...Forse ricorda un pò "Home" / "Casa Mia" di Belle, ma è piacevole...e sicuramente, anche se non te lo chiedo, l'ha scritta Alan Menken immagino...è una sua tipica partitura...

To Be Free - Jasmine

Mamma mia che bella "To be free"!!!! blush2.gif blush2.gif blush2.gif
giagia
Si, To Be Free è di Menken la melodia compare nel film (min 2:00)



e ovviamente è stata inserita nella colonna sonora, appunto con il nome di To Be Free/Essere Liberi



ripresa nel musical di Disneyland si lega benissimo alla canzone che viene dopo, che forse avete sentito da qualche parte...



Daydreamer
Che Bello! Non potevi introdurcela meglio...Un transfer da un mezzo all'altro magnifico e già ce la sentiamo appartenere...Grassie Giagia ^^
Scissorhands
http://jimhillmedia.com/editor_in_chief1/b...addin-quot.aspx

Tune Thursday: Chatting with Chad Beguelin about "Disney's Aladdin: The New Stage Musical"
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Jim Hill
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Chad Beguelin remembers exactly when he decided to become a writer. It was when this Tony-nominated bookwriter & lyricist was 14. And Chad and his Dad had gone to NYC to see a show. And the show that they caught was Howard Ashman & Alan Menken's brilliant musicalization of Roger Corman's schlocky horror comedy, "Little Shop of Horrors."


Ellen Greene & Audrey II in the original off-Broadway production of "Little
Shop of Horrors"

Now jump ahead a few decades. Thanks to the smart story work that he had done on the stage adaptations of Adam Sandler's "The Wedding Singer" and Will Ferrell's "Elf," Beguelin has become Broadway's go-to guy whenever there was a movie that needed to be turned into a musical. Which is why Disney Theatrical reached out to Chad and asked : "Would you be interested in adapting Disney's animated feature, 'Aladdin' for the stage?"

Mind you, this wasn't because Disney Theatrical was seriously thinking about bringing "Aladdin" to Broadway. But - rather - because the Mouse wanted to create a stage version of this Academy Award-winning film which it could then license to regional theaters, for international production, etc. A show that adults could actually perform & appear in, rather than "Aladdin. Jr.," that for-kids-only version which Music Theatre International licenses.

But for Beguelin ... Given that he credits "Little Shop" with being the reason that Chad wound up in show business, being given the chance to adapt one of Ashman & Menken's animated features to the stage was like a dream come true. So Beguelin immediately said "Yes" to this assignment.


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But wait. This story gets better. As Chad recounted on the phone yesterday when we chatted about "Disney's Aladdin: The New Stage Musical" -- the two-act stage musical adaptation of this Academy Award-winning animated feature, which will have its world-premiere at Seattle's 5th Avenue Theatre this July ...

"So I met with Alan Menken. And he basically gave me his blessing for adapting 'Aladdin' to the stage," Beguelin recalled. "But then he said 'Wouldn't it be great if - as part of this stage version -- you could then incorporate some of the songs that Howard and I originally wrote for this film that wound up getting cut?"

And from that moment, the development of a stage adaptation of Disney's "Aladdin" took a very interesting turn. As Menken went back into his files and then out pulled all of Ashman's hand-written lyrics & notes for this project.


Howard Ashman actually played the character of Aladdin in a Children's Theatre
Association Production of this story back in 1965. He's the one in the arms of
the chorus in the picture above

"As Alan handed this material to me, he joked that it came with authentic 80's smell," Chad continued. "And as I looked through the pile, there was this wealth of material. Bridges & additional verses for 'Arabian Nights.' An extended opening for 'Prince Ali.' Alternate lyrics for 'Friend Like Me' from back when the Genie was more of a Cab Calloway / Fats Waller kind of character, rather than Robin Williams. Plus entire songs that the public had never heard before"

Which got Beguelin wondering. Given that - when you're turning a movie into a musical -- you never want to plop an exact copy of that film up there on stage. You always want to enhance your original source material. Give the audience something new to see & experience.

And given that Alan had just offered up this wealth of material that he & Howard had originally written for "Aladdin" that hadn't been heard outside of Disney Studios ... Well, what better way was there to enhance & expand the stage version of this animated feature than by folding in all of these cut songs and story ideas?


(L to R) Alan Menken and Howard Ashman during the days that they worked together for
Walt Disney Animation Studios. Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved

Of course, there were some drawbacks with Chad's plan. In order to properly accommodate this material, that meant bumping out the borders of this project quite a bit. Deliberately stepping away from the story of that film and then doing things like giving Aladdin a trio of street-smart friends -- Omar, Babkak and Kassim - to hang out with. Would the audiences in Seattle be accepting of a stage version of Disney's "Aladdin" that differed so significantly from the animated feature?

"And then there was the question of how far we should actually go back with all of this cut material?," Beguelin asked. "I mean, do we go all the way back to that version of 'Aladdin' which Howard & Alan created where Jasmine was a spoiled brat and Aladdin's real love interest for theat movie turns out to be Abby, that good-hearted common girl from the marketplace? How far was too far?"

So striking just the right balance between the old material (i.e. the songs & storyline of the 1992 animated feature) and the new material (i.e. the musical numbers and story ideas that were discarded while "Aladdin" made its way through Walt Disney Animation Studio's development process) was going to be a real challenge for Chad. Especially since Beguelin wanted to fold in some of that Bob Hope / Bing Crosby "Road" picture flavor that Ashman had originally hoped would be a key ingredient of the animated version of "Aladdin."


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"We even talked about using a story concept that Howard had explored in the early, early days of this production. In that version of 'Aladdin,' there were actually two genies: the genie of the ring and the genie of the lamp," Chad said. "But in the end, we thought that story idea was straying a bit too far away from the animated version of 'Aladdin.' Which is why we ultimately dropped it."

But all along the way, the folks of Disney Theatrical were incredibly supportive of Beguelin's vision for a stage version of "Aladdin." They were very enthusiastic about a production that somehow mix the familiar songs of the film with these seldom-heard numbers from Ashman & Menken's trunk.

"Of course, the best part was - whenever Casey (Nicholaw, the director of "Disney's Aladdin: The New Stage Musical." Who's probably best known for his choreography on "Spamalot" and his direction of "The Drowsy Chaperone") and I got stuck, we could always turn to Alan. Who was in the room with Howard when a lot of this material was originally written," Chad continued. "So he could then tell us about what Howard's original intent for this material was, where a cut song was supposed to have fit in 'Aladdin' 's storyline, how a certain story arc for a particular character was supposed to have paid off. Alan's been a terrific and supportive collaborator throughout all of this."


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So which songs are actually going to wind up in the stage version of "Aladdin"? Take - for example -- "To Be Free." Will that song -- which Alan Menken & Tim Rice wrote for "Disney's Aladdin: A Musical Spectacular" (Which opened at the Hyperion Theater back in January of 2003 and continues to be performed several times daily at Disney California Adventure theme park) be included as part of this nre stage show? Beguelin was pretty cagey when it came to that question.

"To be honest, we're still in the middle of casting. We won't actually be beginning rehearsals 'til May. So until we get the show up on its feet, I can't really tell you which songs will or will not be in the stage version of 'Aladdin.' " Chad stated. "It's a pretty fluid situation right now."

But that said, Beguelin was very enthusiastic about what he heard and saw at "Aladdin" 's most-recent staged reading, which held back in October.


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"It's one thing to hear Howard Ashman's demos for all of these cut songs and think about how wonderful these numbers might be on the stage. But to then hear 20 people sing this beautiful Michael Kosarin arrangements of these same songs with all of their harmonies, that's when you realize that you've got something special here," Chad said.

But as exciting as all of this new material may be, as the guy who's actually adapting "Aladdin" to the stage, Beguelin always has to act as the audience's advocate. Making sure that this two-act stage musical doesn't play too fast & loose with the characters, story, songs and settings that people haved come to know & love through Disney's animated feature.

"That's why we're playing the romance of Aladdin & Jasmine straight and sincere," Chad explained. "That's an aspect of the movie that people really love. So we're not messing with that. Likewise that moment when Aladdin gives up his one chance at happiness to win the Genie's freedom. That's a scene that audiences are really looking forward to seeing being played out on stage. So we're preserving all of the heart and the emotion of that moment from the movie."


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But don't go into the stage version of "Aladdin" and then expect to see some name performer doing their Robin Williams impression in the role of the Genie.

"We're casting the best possible performers for this show. Really talented people. Which is why we won't then be asking them to do impressions of characters from an animated film," Beguelin said. "The Genie in the stage version of 'Aladdin' is actually a return to Howard Ashman's original concept for this character. Which means that he's more of a Cab Calloway / Fats Waller kind of performer. Rather than what Robin Williams did with this character."

As to how the story of this much-beloved Disney animated feature will actually play out on stage ... Well, again Chad didn't want to give too much away.


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"Here's one spoiler, though. The first act ends with Aladdin's transformation into Prince Ali. Which means that the second act begins with 'Prince Ali.' And Casey 's got some terrific ideas about how he's going to bring that musical number to life on stage," Beguelin concluded.

And if you'd like to see if Chad and friends actually succeed in their quest to mix the old and the new. Taking what people already loved about the animated version of "Aladdin" and then enhancing that, creating this whole new world ... er ... stage show by incorporating all of these cut songs and story ideas from Alan Menken's files ... Well, then you might want to make plans now to catch "Disney's Aladdin: The New Stage Musical." Which will have its world-premiere in Seattle this Summer and then run at the 5th Avenue Theatre July 7 - 31st.

Your thoughts?
Daydreamer
Magnifico! Non sapevo che esistesse un doppio love interest per Aladdin! Abby e Jasmine, con la prima una ragazza comune del mercato e la seconda una principessa vanitosa e arrogante ohmy.gif e che ci fossero, come nella fiaba classica, due geni, quello dell'anello e quello della lampada!!

Ecco il sito ufficiale del musical per chi volesse seguirne gli aggiornamenti

link

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News:

Playbill ha confermato che Jonathan Freeman sarà Jafar.
PrincessMononoke
Si preannuncia una storia molto più complessa e ricca di personaggi *-*
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News:

Adam Jacobs sarà Aladdin nella prossima produzione di Seattle Aladdin The New Stage Musical.

Dal suo website:

"Adam is currently rehearsing for the world premiere of Aladdin as the title character at Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theater! Show runs 7/7 through 7/31."

Adam has just finished playing Simba in the national tour of The Lion King (a role he will go back to on Broadway in August), which means this guy can really sing!

I think he really looks the part, and he sounds good in the few youtube videos I could find.

Broadway World's messageboards have also mentioned Courtney Reed as Princess Jasmine, James Monroe Iglehart as Genie and Andrew Kennan-Bolger is believed to be Omar
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Da BroadwayWorld:


Full Cast Announced for Disney's ALADDIN in Seattle!

The 5th Avenue Theatre is thrilled to announce casting for the highly anticipated premiere of Disney's Aladdin, a new stage musical. The show will feature Adam Jacobs and Courtney Reed as Aladdin and Jasmine, James Monroe Iglehart as the Genie, and Seattle mainstay Seán G. Griffin as the Sultan. Jonathan Freeman takes the stage to embody the role he originally voiced for the film, the Royal Vizier Jafar. He is joined by comedic favorite Don Darryl Rivera as Iago. Aladdin restores a trio of characters originally conceived by the film's creators: Omar, Babkak, and Kassim, played by Andrew Keenan-Bolger, Brian Gonzales, and Brandon O'Neill, respectively. Broadway's Casey Nicholaw will direct. With book by Chad Beguelin and hit songs including "Friend Like Me," "Prince Ali," and the Oscar®-winning "A Whole New World" by Alan Menken, Howard Ashman and Tim Rice, Aladdin will enchant audiences of all ages.

Aladdin plays July 7-July 31 (press opening July 21) at The 5th Avenue Theatre (1308 5th Avenue, Seattle.) For tickets and information, the public may visit www.5thavenue.org, or call the box office at (206) 625-1900. Tickets may also be purchased at 888-5TH-4TIX (584-4849).

"We are delighted to be partnering with The 5th Avenue Theatre on this thrilling new full-length stage version of Aladdin," said Thomas Schumacher, Producer and President Disney Theatrical Productions. "The 5th has proven itself a loving birthplace for new American musicals and they are the perfect partner for exploring the dynamic original vision of Aladdin's two creators, Howard Ashman and Alan Menken, in collaboration with some of some of the most astute audiences in the nation."

This new stage version of Aladdin incorporates all of the beloved songs from the film's Oscar®-winning score plus never-before-heard Menken/Ashman songs restored from early drafts of the film. It marks a return to the authors' original vision: a loving homage to the Hope-Crosby road pictures with a score invoking the jazz sound of stars like Cab Calloway and Fats Waller.

"New musicals have become a large part of the mission of The 5th Avenue Theatre and we are thrilled that Disney has selected our theatre to produce the premiere of this new work," says The 5th Avenue's Executive Producer and Artistic Director David Armstrong, adding, "I am especially thrilled to have Casey Nicholaw back at The 5th where his amazing career first got started."

Direct from the sensational Broadway hit The Book of Mormon for which he has received a Tony® Award nomination for Best Director, acclaimed director and choreographer Casey Nicholaw returns to the place where it all began: The 5th Avenue Theatre. He received his first professional gig as choreographer at The 5th Avenue Theatre on The Prince and the Pauper in 2001. On Broadway, Nicholaw has won praise as the choreographer of Spamalot, and as director/choreographer of The Drowsy Chaperone and Elf: The Broadway Musical, garnering three additional Tony® nominations for his work.

Nicholaw's additional New York credits include stagings of Anyone Can Whistle and Follies (direction/choreography), Bye Bye Birdie (choreography) and Can-Can (musical staging) at City Center Encores!; Candide starring Patti LuPone and Kristin Chenoweth at the New York Philharmonic; and South Pacific at Carnegie Hall with Reba McIntyre and Brian Stokes Mitchell (also on PBS Great Performances). He directed and choreographed the world premieres of Minsky's at Center Theater Group and Robin and the 7 Hoods at The Old Globe.

Broadway veteran Jonathan Freeman joins the cast to play one of Disney's most celebrated villains, Jafar, the role he originated in the Disney film Aladdin. In addition to his celebrated role in the film, he has appeared in nearly every Disney Theatrical Productions Broadway show, playing Grimsby in the original cast of The Little Mermaid, Cogsworth in Beauty and the Beast, and Admiral Boom/Bank Chairman in Mary Poppins. He makes his first appearance at The 5th in Aladdin.

"I am so thrilled that Jonathan will make his 5th Avenue debut in this production," Armstrong says. "He is one of the greatest character actors in Broadway history, and I think audiences will be fascinated to see him play live on-stage the role that he created in the animated film."

Freeman received a Tony® Award nomination for Best Featured Actor in a Musical for his turn as the Headwaiter in She Loves Me. His other Broadway credits include Roger De Bris in The Producers, Bert Barry in 42nd Street, Pitkin W. Bridgework in On the Town, and Mr. Bratt in the 1996 revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. Freeman has also been seen Off-Broadway at City Center Encores, Primary Stages, Carnegie Hall, The Public Theatre, and many others. He has performed around the country in such prestigious houses as Seattle Repertory Theater, La Jolla Playhouse, Houston Grand Opera, and Williamstown Theater Festival, to name a few.

James Monroe Iglehart will temporarily depart the Broadway cast of Memphis to play the Genie in a jazzy reinvention of the character consistent with Alan Menken and Howard Ashman's original vision. Iglehart has been wildly popular as "Big Love" singer Bobby in the Tony® Award-winning Memphis, a role he originated in the world premiere and pre-Broadway engagement at The 5th Avenue Theatre. Iglehart was featured in the original cast of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee as Mitch Mahoney and played The Cowardly Lion in The Wiz at City Center Encores! opposite Ashanti as Dorothy and Orlando Jones as The Wiz.

Aladdin introduces Seattle to two rising stars in the roles of Aladdin and Jasmine: Adam Jacobs and Courtney Reed. Jacobs will join rehearsals direct from the national tour of Disney's The Lion King where he is currently playing Simba. Jacobs has also toured the country in productions of Mamma Mia! and Les Misérables. On Broadway he has performed as Marius in Les Misérables at the Broadhurst Theater. Courtney Reed recently finished a run as Carla in Broadway's In the Heights, and has also performed in Broadway's Mamma Mia!

Returning to The 5th Avenue Theatre stage is Seán G. Griffin as the lovable Sultan, Jasmine's father. Griffin has performed at The 5th Avenue Theatre in musicals including Mame, West Side Story, The Wizard of Oz, and My Fair Lady. A mainstay of the Seattle theater scene, Griffin has been seen most recently in Of Mice and Men at Seattle Rep and The Lieutenant of Inishmore at ACT Theatre. He performs regularly as Ebenezer Scrooge in ACT's A Christmas Carol, and has also performed locally at Intiman Theatre and Seattle Children's Theatre. He has appeared on Broadway in Dancing at Lughnasa, Ned and Jack, The National Health, Ah! Wilderness, Poor Murderers, and The Queen and the Rebels, in addition to guest star appearances on a variety of television shows including Ally McBeal, E.R., Malcolm in the Middle, Northern Exposure, Murder She Wrote, and many more.

Joining the cast as Jafar's wily sidekick Iago is Seattle's Don Darryl Rivera. Rivera was most recently seen at Teatro Zinzani in Zirkus Fantasmo and has appeared in numerous productions at the internationally acclaimed Seattle Children's Theatre including The Brementown Musicians, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, and Busytown. Rivera has also appeared at Centerstage Theatre, Seattle Shakespeare Company, and Strawberry Theatre Workshop.

The new stage version of Aladdin restores from the film's early drafts a trio of characters who act both as narrators and as Aladdin's band of street rat friends: Kassim, Omar, and Babkak. Fresh from his acclaimed performance as Sky Masterson in The 5th's Guys and Dolls, Brandon O'Neill originates the role of Kassim. A regular at The 5th, O'Neill has been seen previously in My Funny Valentine, A Christmas Story, Candide, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat, Cabaret, Buddy, Wonderful Town, Miss Saigon, Sweeney Todd, Smokey Joe's Cafe, and The Rocky Horror Show. Babkak is portrayed by Brian Gonzales, who played Barfee both on Broadway and in the national tour of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. He has performed around the country in such prestigious houses as Lyric Stage Company, Dallas Theatre Centre, Gulfshore Playhouse, and others. Andrew Keenan-Bolger plays the role of Omar. Keenan-Bolger was seen most recently both on Broadway and in the first national tour of Disney and Cameron Mackintosh's Mary Poppins. He performed the role of Leaf Coneybear in the first national tour of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Jojo in the original Broadway cast of Seussical, Chip in Broadway's Beauty and the Beast, and Young Max in the first national tour of The Grinch.


Rounding out the ensemble are Tia Altinay, Kristin Culp, Nick DeSantis, Ronald Duncan, C.J. Eldred, Daisy Hobbs, David Janett, Kenway Hon Wai K. Kua, Nikki Long, Stanley Martin, Creighton Oliver, Shanna Marie Palmer, Bobby Pestka, Connor Russell, Manuel Santos, Allysa Shorte, Daniel J. Watts, and Matt Wolfe.

Music for Aladdin is by Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Tangled), who has won a total of eight Oscars®, more than any living person. Lyrics are by the late Howard Ashman (Little Shop of Horrors, Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid) and Tim Rice (Jesus Christ Superstar, Chess, The Lion King). Aladdin librettist Chad Beguelin also wrote the books for The Rhythm Club, Wicked City and The Wedding Singer, which premiered at The 5th Avenue in 2006. Menken and Beguelin contribute additional lyrics.


Production artists include set designer Anna Louizos (White Christmas, In The Heights), Tony® Award-winning costume designer Gregg Barnes (The Drowsy Chaperone, Mame at The 5th Avenue), Tony® Award-winning lighting designer Natasha Katz (Beauty and the Beast, Aida), dance arranger Glen Kelly (The Producers, Drowsy Chaperone) and musical supervisor Michael Kosarin (Beauty and the Beast, Sister Act).

Steve Fickinger, VP Creative Development and Licensing for Disney Theatrical Productions, said, "Alan Menken brought to us the idea of returning to the highly theatrical vision he and Howard Ashman had originally conceived but that had proved unsuitable for the film. Our goal with this pilot production of Aladdin at The 5th Avenue is to launch this title for inclusion in our innovative professional and regional theater licensing catalog."

The animated film Aladdin was released by Disney in 1992 and was a critical and box office smash, grossing over $504 million worldwide and becoming the highest-grossing film of the year. Adapted from Arabian folktales and the famous "One Thousand and One Nights," Aladdin tells the story of a resourceful young man who dares to woo a princess with the help of an all-powerful Genie. The film introduced the hit songs "Friend Like Me" and "A Whole New World," which won one of the film's two Academy Awards® as Best Original Song. Part of the "Disney Renaissance" that began with 1989's The Little Mermaid, the film Aladdin was praised for its witty script and tuneful, eclectic score.

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Arancina22
Che bella l'interprete di Jasmine! clapclap.gif
warhol_84
Adam Jacobs mi piace tantissimo come interprete di Aladdin! eheheh.gif
Jonathan Freeman non è un po' troppo vecchio e un po' troppo...come dire....bianco per essere Jafar? Non voglio dire che sia totalmente "fuori parte", anche perchè è LUI Jafar, almeno vocalmente. Ma in un musical si deve avere anche il fisico per il ruolo...e mi sembra che lui non ce l'abbia, nonostante sia un grande performer.
warhol_84
To Be Free purtroppo non è fra le canzoni incluse nel Musical Disney che ormai ha debuttato da quasi un mese e sta andando alla grande.
Questo è un nuovo duetto per Aladdin e Jasmine...fa parte delle tantissime canzoni che Alan Menken ha scritto o ripreso dalle canzoni scartate dal film appositamente per questa produzione...fra cui Proud Of Your Boy:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_kYo7-iqjxg...player_embedded
buffyfan
A whole new world cantata dai due protagonisti, Adam Jacobs e Courtney Reed!!!!! happy.gif
Chissà se la Stage deciderà di portarlo in Europa! shifty.gif Io scommetto di si, magari in Germania! biggrin.gif
warhol_84
Sono certo che prima vedremo La Sirenetta in Olanda e poi da noi...e poi ancora deve debuttare a Broadway! Vedremo unsure.gif
giagia
Jonathan Freeman is Jafar ... LO SAAAAAAAAAAPEVOOOOOOOOO! Sono felicissimo! Che vi dissi mesi fa? Dopotutto Jonathan Freeman aveva un conto in sospeso con Aladdin avendo interpretato solo Prince Ali (Reprise) nel film mentre come Jafar aveva fatto numerose demo. Ora potrà cantare al pubblico le canzoni che il pubblico nel '92 non potè sentire... bella soddisfazione biggrin.gif Io non mi preoccuperei troppo dell'aspetto fisico, il makeup e un/a bravo/a costumista possono fare miracoli... ed il connubio con Don Darryl Iago Rivera è praticamente perfetto!!!
giagia
Su Playbill.com Don Darryl Rivera (interprete di Iago) ha pubblicato un po' di foto, eccovele qui










e ancora, apparse su playbill.com








Due immagini tratte da Aladdin: A Musical Spectacular (in scena a Disnyland USA dal 2003) per fare un confronto




Commenti a caldo sui personaggi:

Babkak, Omar e Cassim. Riprendono il ruolo che avevano nella versione preliminare di comprimari di Aladdin, Abu scompare dalla scena (ironia della sorte Courtney Reed, l'attuale Jasimne, aveva proprio interpretato la scimmietta quando era bambina per una rappresentazione teatrale non ufficiale di Aladdin)

Genio: COSA? NON è BLU? e vabbeh, è molto più vicino alla versione de Le Mille e una Notte, James Monroe Iglehart ricorda decisamente Rex Ingram ne Il Lado di Baghdad e allo stesso tempo appartiene all'etnia di cantanti come Cab Calloway e Fats Waller che hanno creato lo stile musicale del genio. Non vedo l'ora di vedere un video in cui canta Friends Like Me e Prince Ali.

Jasmine: ancora più sensuale della Jasmine animata, Courtney Reed aggiunge a Jasmine un tocco di Sherazade, già ha vinto il mio cuore.

Jafar: anche lui molto più in linea con Le Mille e una Notte che con l'Aladdin disneyano, ma niente ha da invidiare ai diversi Jafar che si sono succeduto in Aladdin, A Musical Spectacular.

Sultano: evidentemente alla Disney hanno deciso che il Sultano doveva essere alto almeno quanto Jasmine. Seán G. Griffin è totalmente diverso dalla versione animata e ancora una volta, molto vicino iconograficamente ai sultani de Le Mille e Una Notte. Mi chiedo se canterà.

Iago: mi ha molto sorpreso il fatto di vederlo completamente umanizzato. Le parvenze di pappagallo sono rimaste solo nelle piume del cappello e nel colore della tunica. Forse con l'umanizzazione di Abu nei tre comprimari anche lui è stato umanizzato. Molto particolare se si pensa che in Aladdin: A Musical Spectuacular l'espediente di creare un pappagallo che fosse apoggiato al polso dell'attore era stato ripreso da Zazu di The Lion King (il musical di Broadway) in cui Zazu era anche lui un burattino poggiato sul polso dell'attore. In questo caso mi devo dire non soddisfatto della scelta, ma aspetto di vedere la resa definitiva.

Aladdin:

Sempre continuando a parlare di The Lion King pochi sanno che prima d'interpretare Aladdin, Adam Jacobs è stato un altro protagonista disneyano su palco. Se l'Aladdin di Disneyland aveva reso giustizia alle origini asiatiche della fiaba di Aladino, Jacobs è un Aladdin molto più in stile Bolliwood. Se c'è una cosa bella da dire su questo protagonista è che le interpretazioni che gli possono essere date sono praticamente infinite.

Fulvio84
jasmine e' notevole!
vale274
Ammazza Aladdin! mf_dribble.gif
Jasmine invece.. thumbdown.gif
Cenerentolino
Al in versione "street-rat" non mi piace proprio not.gif mentre sta abbastanza bene come Principe happy.gif
Jasmine bellissima....JAFAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! worshippy.gif worshippy.gif worshippy.gif worshippy.gif Innamorato.gif Innamorato.gif Innamorato.gif Innamorato.gif
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