‘Aladdin’ play to launch in Toronto, move on to Broadway

By Sarah McClanahan,

The newest Disney musical, Aladdin, will be showcased in Toronto for nine weeks before it opens on Broadway.

According to The New York Times, the Disney musical Aladdin will start in Toronto at the Ed Mirvish Theatre for nine weeks beginning on November 13 before moving on to the Amsterdam Theater for its Broadway debut in spring 2014.

Disney expects a large budget of between $12 and $15 million for the production.

Based on the 1992 film, the Broadway version of Aladdin will differ from the 2011 Seattle production. In fact, it will include alternate songs such as “Proud of Your Boy,” a song performed by Clay Aiken which was cut from the original movie.

Thomas Schumacher, president of Disney Theatrical Productions, revealed to SF Gate that Aladdin is the perfect combination of comedy, love, and big dance numbers- and is just what Broadway needs.

"If I look around Broadway right now, what I want to see is big production numbers. I want to see lush environments. I want surprise," Schumacher said Friday. "You want a lot of humor, which we will do. And you want heart."

One of the biggest challenges was to bring the genie to life, and Schumacher believes the team succeeded.

"I do feel pretty confident in what we've done with the genie," said Schumacher. "When you buy a ticket and sit down in a theater, you want the live experience, not a film recreated."

Casey Nicholaw, director of The Book of Mormon, is slated to direct and choreograph.

While some of Disney’s big-budget shows like The Lion King and Beauty and the Beast have been successes, others like The Little Mermaid and Tarzan did not turn over a profit.

Aladdin will replace Mary Poppins which is set to finish its six-year Broadway run on March 3. Casting information and performance dates will be announced at a later time.

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