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Disney Theatrical Productions announced today that Aladdin will be the next beloved film brought to Broadway beginning in spring of next year!

Were they listening to our article published last week, in which we requested Aladdin be a priority?

A stage production based on Aladdin currently runs at Disney’s California Adventure theme park in the west, but never has the story been told at a prestigious Broadway location.

Aladdin will get a tryout beginning this November in Toronto, Canada for nine weeks. According to The New York Times, the show “will feature songs, scenes, illusions, and a flying carpet that were not part of the show’s world premiere production in Seattle in 2011.” In 2014 it will move to Broadway and run at the New Amsterdam Theater where Disney’s Mary Poppins currently resides.

Arriving with the show will be a new song titled “Proud of Your Boy” which was cut from the animated film but can be heard below in this behind-the-scenes look from Disney. In this version, the song is performed by film composer Alan Menken. It is sung by Aladdin in the story and is a message to his mother, who was cut from the film (and thus the song had to go too). The inclusion of this song indicates his mother will be added to the Broadway production.

Disney released the following teaser art and opened this Twitter account:

'Aladdin' Broadway Musical Teaser Art

Notably, Casey Nicholaw – who was one of the directors on the runaway Broadway hit The Book of Mormon – will choreograph and direct.

Very exciting news for Disney fans, and we can’t wait for next year!

  • India

    This is the best! I need Darren to play Aladdin, like, yesterday.

    • India

      Darren Criss, that is.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1045615098 Riana-Tiana Menezes

        He is not middle eastern or a has brown skin tone.

      • http://twitter.com/MaireadNguyen Mairead Nguyen

        Darren is half Irish, half Asian ancestry… as much as I would want him to play it, I don’t think he’ll fit; but we’ll see.

    • http://forgiveyourmind.tumblr.com/ Tariq

      He doesn’t look the part at all. I’d prefer someone of Middle Eastern descent. Or at least someone who looks Middle Eastern.

      • http://twitter.com/MaireadNguyen Mairead Nguyen

        Like you, Tariq? :P

        • http://forgiveyourmind.tumblr.com/ Tariq

          Duh! I could totes be Aladdin ;D

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1045615098 Riana-Tiana Menezes

        The names that immediately pop out to me are Dev Patel and Suraj Sharma (from Life of Pi). Either one of them would be fantastic. :)

  • http://twitter.com/Dillon_Mays Dillon Mays

    Please be someone not white. Try and be close to the story as possible. Please. Not trying to sound racist, I just think it’d be a better cast.

    • DarrlynM

      Wanting something NOT to be whitewash is not racist and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. I totally agree with you, I love Broadway but there is such low diversity in it so I really hope the actors are Arabians or Middle Easterns or at least POC (people of color)

      • http://twitter.com/Dillon_Mays Dillon Mays

        Thank you. I just didn’t want to come across that way, and I agree. There is a huge abundance of undiscovered ethnic talent that would be great for a show like this.

    • Merp

      Well if they’re trying to be close to the actual story, he should be Asian since the original story takes place in China.

      • Rhonert Pascual

        The story takes place in Arabia, hence the song “Arabian Nights”. Get your nations straight.

    • Rhonert Pascual

      Yes! It has to be an Arabic cast or people that can look Arabic. I mean hello…”Arabian Nights”!

  • antonia31

    Ugh. Why can’t disney create an original bway musical instead of continuing to put carbon copies of their movies on the broadway stage. It’s obviously not working for them anymore since Little Mermaid and Tarzan were relative flops.

    Edit: also Mary Poppins got mixed reviews, and was frankly even more boring than the others.

    I love Disney movies, but only Lion King brought anything new to the table as a Broadway show. As both a musical theater fan and a disney movie fan, I find this news disappointing.

  • Cora

    It’s opening in Toronto first!! It’s going to be showing for 1.5-2 months (November to January) before hitting Broadway. YEAH CANADA!

    I’m actually so excited. Aladdin is my favourite and always thought a live Broadway musical would be incredible. So excited I live right near Toronto to hopefully see it!

  • http://www.facebook.com/rebecca.fritch.5 Rebecca Fritch

    he has a beautiful voice, and it’s a beatiful song

  • Dra

    Amazing! Next up I vote for Hunchback. I always felt it was their most Broadway musical

  • http://twitter.com/fluflu44 Mandy Brennan

    Paging Darren Criss. I believe your dream roll has come up. Okay… maybe it’s my dream to have Darren play Aladdin. I know he doesn’t “look” the , but there’s a thing called make up and a tanning bed.

    • http://twitter.com/fluflu44 Mandy Brennan


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  • Rayeofsunshine

    And why no hunchback? WHY? WHYYYY?

    • http://twitter.com/AngelAsh16 Ashleigh Downes

      No no no! I mean, fine – they can have Aladdin, but there’s so much room for Error on Hunchback! I’d be so worried that they’d screw it up…

    • Rhonert Pascual

      Hunchback IS supposed to come to Brodaway! The music is amazing!!!

  • Stacie

    Does anyone know if Dev Patel can sing? I’ve always pictured him as Aladdin (jeez, I even want him as Aladdin on OUAT, haha). They’ll either get a big name for this to start off with, or they’ll go the unknown route, which might be the better option.

    • http://www.facebook.com/isak.kohaly Isak Kohaly

      actually it would be a pretty genius casting decision!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1045615098 Riana-Tiana Menezes

      For me its between Dev Patel or Suraj Sharma from Life of Pi. I think Suraj looks more like Alladin to me though.

      • Stacie

        Yes! Suraj Sharma would be a brilliant choice as well.

  • lego5ker

    Disney Renaissance + Broadway = Cash Cow. I see what your doing there Disney.

  • LitMer8

    AHHHH!!!! This could not be a more perfect show to bring to broadway!!

    Now, i wonder if this means that California Adventure gets rid of Aladdin..? Or will they use a lot of the same techniques in that show (Carpet being a person, walking around the audience, etc.)

  • James

    I vote for Adam Jacobs to play the part of Aladdin! He would be awesome. :)

  • Jordan

    Come on Disney, bring Hunchback to Broadway! It was a smash hit in Germany!

  • Tiffani

    I would kill to be in this.

    • Ande Anderson

      Same here!

  • Cora

    The genius thing about casting in Toronto is they actually probably will get someone of Middle Eastern skintone. Toronto is incredibly multicultural, as is the GTA. I’m hoping they cast well, and not have it whitewashed!

  • http://www.facebook.com/sonickid1234 Rob Spears

    Not only are they putting Aladdin on Broadway but they are also adding the song “Proud of your Boy” which was cut from the original film? I can only hope that they pull a “Beauty and the Beast” and go back and add a new scene to the film and rerelease it in theaters. 2014 is also the Year they will add Aladdin to the Disney Diamond Edition lineup, Soooo yeah 2014 is gonna be Aladdins year.

  • http://about.me/dshana Shana Debusschere

    Wow this can not be coincidence. Broadway has got its eyes on hypable.

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  • Casey

    Zachary Levi anyone?

  • Mrs Sima

    Loved the song Proud of Your Boy and am looking forward to hearing it in person!

  • Miguel Ángel E

    How cynics and hypocrites are the vast majority of Americans. First, with their crazy, alcoholic ex President Bush Jr, this nation destroyed the rich and vast culture of ancient Mesopotamia and their crazy soldiers murdered millions of innocents in the Middle East. Then, to reward England, their ally in the war, Mary Poppins premieres. And finally, Broadway kicks her in the back of that old nanny to put Aladdin in place, a story, just told in the Middle East. All the world knows that most of Americans are cowards… and traitors.

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