Ainsley Melham & Michael James Scott to star in Disney's Aladdin on Broadway
The Broadway production welcomes a new Aladdin and Genie from mid-February 2019.
You'll be proud of your boys! Disney's hit Broadway musical Aladdin is set to welcome original company members of the Australian production, Ainsley Melham and Michael James Scott, who will reprise their respective roles of Aladdin and Genie at the New Amsterdam Theatre.
The casting marks the Broadway and North American stage debut for Mr. Melham, whilst Mr. Scott has served as the original Genie stand-by in the Broadway production and has been starring in the role on the National Tour. His other Broadway credits include Something Rotten!, The Book of Mormon, Elf, Hair, The Pirate Queen, Tarzan, All Shook Up, and Mamma Mia!
Current leading man Telly Leung will play his final performance in the title role on February 17, 2019, with Mr. Melham taking over from February 19. Major Attaway is set to play his final performance on February 14, with Mr. Scott assuming the role from February 15 through to September 15. During that time, Mr. Attaway will be appearing in the National Tour of the show and is scheduled to return to the Broadway production upon Mr. Scott's departure in September.
In addition, Mike Longo is set to assume the role of Kassim on February 19, following current company member Steel Burkhardt's departure on February 17. Mr. Longo has previously played the role in the National Tour and has also appearing in the National Tour of Kinky Boots and the Broadway production of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical.
The principal cast of Disney's Aladdin on Broadway currently includes Telly Leung (as Aladdin), Arielle Jacobs (as Princess Jasmine), Major Attaway (as Genie), Jonathan Freeman (as Jafar), Don Darryl Rivera (as Iago), JC Montgomery (as Sultan), Brian Gonzales (as Babkak), Brad Weinstock (as Omar) and Steel Burkhardt (as Kassim).
Directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Casey Nicholaw, Aladdin features a book by 4-time Tony Award nominee Chad Beguelin, music by Tony Award winner Alan Menken, and lyrics by the late 3-time Tony Award nominee Howard Ashman, 3-time Tony Award winner Tim Rice and Mr. Beguelin.
Based on the Academy Award-winning 1992 animated film, Aladdin officially opened on March 20, 2014, following previews from February 26.
The production went on to be nominated for five Tony Awards including "Best Musical," with original cast member James Monroe Iglehart taking home the award for "Best Featured Actor in a Musical" for his performance as Genie.
The creative team behind Aladdin features scenic design by Bob Crowley, costume design by Gregg Barnes, lighting design by Natasha Katz, and sound design by Ken Travis.
Aladdin is produced on Broadway by Disney Theatrical Productions.
Disney's Aladdin Tickets are available now for performances through to June 30, 2019.
(Photo by Deen van Meer)