After recently ending its limited run in Toronto, the Aladdin stage musical is headed to Broadway, and preparations are currently underway! The cast is rehearsing and getting used to the new stage and the crew is performing the gargantuan task of outfitting the New Amsterdam Theatre for the production. After the break, watch an interview on the development process for the show, and watch the theater being covered with huge marquees!
Chad Beguelin worked on the Book for the musical and contributed additional lyrics. What is a Book? It is essentially written to help make sure that there is a cohesive story that flows from beginning to end. Broadway shows are heavy on musical performances, so balancing story elements is challenging but essential if they intend to entertain audiences. There is only so much that splashy musical numbers can do if the story does not interest the audience or feels slapped together to hold the songs in place.
In the video below, watch Beguelin discuss how he was influenced by the original treatment of Aladdin by its late great lyricist, Howard Ashman, and was inspired to extend the world from the film further:
Additionally, the gorgeous theater that will house the musical is being prepared for the first crowds that will watch preview performances in February. Watch the signs going up:
Aladdin previews are scheduled to begin on February 26th, while opening night is soon after, on March 20th. Visit the official website for tickets!