'Aladdin' announces Broadway reopening cast, with Michael James Scott as Genie
Who will be flying in on the magic carpet?
Michael Maliakel will play the title role in Aladdin, joined by Shoba Narayan as Jasmine. Michael James Scott will reprise the role of the Genie, alongside Jonathan Freeman as Jafar and Don Darryl Rivera as Iago, Milo Alosi as Kassim, Brad Weinstock as Omar, JC Montgomery as Sultan. Zach Bencal will now play the role of Babkak, joined by standby cast members Frank Viveros as a Genie/Sultan/Babkak standby, Dennis Stowe as the Jafar/Sultan standby and Juwan Crawley as a Genie/Sultan standby.
The Aladdin cast is completed by Tia Altinay, Mary Antonini, Netanel Bellaishe, Michael Callahan, Mike Cannon, Matthew deGuzman, Jacob Dickey, Mark DiConzo, Olivia Donalson, Josh Drake, Samantha Farrow, Jacob Gutierrez, Heather Makalani, Stanley Martin, Paul Heesang Miller, April Holloway, Amber Owens, Jamie Kasey Patterson, Bobby Pestka, Ariel Reid, Tyler Roberts, Jaz Sealey, Charles South, Angelo Soriano and Katie Terza.
Based on the nineties Disney animation of the same name, Aladdin follows the title urchin as he falls in love with a princess. When granted three wishes by a genie in a magic lamp, Aladdin changes his life to win Jasmine’s hand in marriage. Aladdin began performances at the New Amsterdam Theatre in 2014, and in a review for New York Theatre Guide, Tom Millward said: “The costumes and sets are wonderfully bright and make the production the most vibrantly colourful of all Disney Theatrical's offerings to date.”
Aladdin features music and lyrics by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman, with songs including “A Whole New World” and “Friend Like Me.” But there’s also new music for Aladdin on stage including “Proud of Your Boy.”
Casey Nicholaw directs and choreographs, with scenic design by Bob Crowley, costume design by Gregg Barnes, lighting design by Natasha Katz and sound design by Ken Travis.
Aladdin tickets are on sale now.
Photo credit: Michael James Scott (Photo by Deen van Meer)