The top-grossing show on Broadway in 2013 was The Lion King, an incredible feat for a show that is over 16 years old now. The newest Disney musical coming to New York is Aladdin, which just completed a limited run in Toronto. Excitement is now building as the show turns its full focus to the Big Apple, with previews beginning in less than two months. After the break, watch an interview with the director who has been given the task of bringing the highly-anticipated musical to the NY stage!
Casey Nicholaw, who has previously directed Elf the Musical and the massive hit, The Book of Mormon, seems to be rather passionate about staying truthful to the film while also making additions (and subtractions) in its translation to theater. It would be a mistake to remain too faithful to the film, and bring the exact story and elements to the stage because it simply would not work. Liberties need to be taken in order to create a performance that can be put to the stage night after night. However, that is where the Broadway charm comes from – creativity is necessary in order to make best use of the stage’s limited nature (see The Lion King).
Aladdin On Broadway, billed as a musical comedy, begins previews at the majestic New Amsterdam Theatre on February 26th. Opening night is planned for soon after, on March 20th. Visit the show’s official website to buy tickets!