Disney Theatrical Productions announced that its Broadway musical ‘Aladdin’ – a hugely popular attraction in New York that routinely finishes third in the list of weekly Broadway grosses behind “The Lion King” and “Wicked” – will launch its North American Tour starting in Chicago.
The magical story of the wishful street urchin, a lively princess and an accommodating genie will be revisited once again in Chicago’s Cadillac Palace Theatre, 151 W. Randolph St., on April 11, 2017, and will run for 12 weeks until July 2. Head of Disney Theatrical Group, Thomas Schumacher says that the show will be a “Point-of-origin Chicago meaning we we’ll cast in Chicago, rehearse in Chicago and start in Chicago.”
Based on the 1994 animated movie, this theatrical version of a Disney classic opened at New York’s New Amsterdam Theater in 2014. It garnered five Tony Award nominations and continues to be one of Disney’s profitable theater performances. Music and lyrics were provided by Alan Menken and the late Howard Ashman and Tim Rice respectively, with the original genie played by the late Robin Williams. The “Aladdin” musical features the best known songs from the movie (including the Oscar-winning “A Whole New World”), along with other numbers, four of which were penned by Menken and Beguelin.
Future engagements and casting information will be announced later in the coming months. For the meantime, theater goers may receive updates about the Aladdin North American tour by signing up for email alerts at http://www.aladdinthemusical.com/international. Group bookings are also available for 15 or more. Just visit http://broadwayinchicago.com/ for more info.