Posted on January 25, 2013
Mary 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.