Aladdin To Play Toronto Before Hitting Broadway in 2014

Disney's AladdinMary Poppins will be flying away from Broadway’s New Amsterdam Theatre this March, but the theater won’t be empty for long.  Disney’s Aladdin will take over the space in 2014, though exact dates have yet to be announced.  The stage version of Aladdin will expand the 1992 film from a slim 90 minutes to a full two-act format.  The musical will feature songs from the movie by Alan Menken, Howard Ashman, and Tim Rice, but there will also be new lyrics and a new book by Chad Beguelin (Elf, The Wedding Singer).  Some of the new material was originally developed for the movie, but didn’t make the cut.

Before Aladdin arrives on Broadway, the show will have an out-of-town, pre-Broadway tryout at the Mirvish Theatre in Toronto, playing from November 13, 2013 to January 12, 2014.  Aladdin had a “pilot” version at the 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle in 2011, but Disney has stated that the Broadway version will be a brand new production.  Casey Nicholaw will direct and choreograph Aladdin, and the creative team includes scenic designer Bob Crowley, costume designer Gregg Barnes, lighting designer Natasha Katz, dance arranger Glen Kelly, and musical supervisor Michael Kosarin.

Mary Poppins To Close, Possibly Making Way for Broadway Aladdin

Mary Poppins Broadway Musical disney blue black red Everybody’s favorite nanny is leaving Broadway as Mary Poppins has announced its plans to close on March 3. The Disney musical, which opened on Broadway in 2006, will have played 2,619 performances by the time it closes. And soon it will be seen everywhere when Music Theatre International starts licensing productions throughout North America.

Mary Poppins producer Thomas Schumacher stated that “The show’s extraordinary success is due to the 500 plus actors, musicians and stagehands who have brought the show to magical life on Broadway and, most importantly, to the audiences who have fallen in love with Mary, Bert and the Banks family every night. We thank them and New York for six tremendous years.”

It is expected that Disney plans on bringing yet another of their famous movie properties, Aladdin, to the New Amsterdam Theatre soon. Disney has already debuted their new stage version of Aladdin at the 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle in a production directed and choreographed by Casey Nicholaw, who helmed Broadway’s The Book of Mormon.