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“Aladdin” will be newest screen-to-stage premiere at 5th Avenue Theatre

Post by Craig Sailor / The News Tribune on Jan. 13, 2011 at 9:52 pm |
January 18, 2011 12:02 pm

The 5th Avenue Theatre announced Thursday it will premiere a new stage production of Disney’s “Aladdin”. The new musical will close the 2010-11 season

The musical is adapted from Disney’s 1992 animated feature film of the same name. The show previews on July 7 and runs through July 31.

(NOTE: In a previous version of this post I suggested this production was bound for Broadway. Currently, there are no plans for this production to run on Broadway.)

From the press release:

“Aladdin” will feature a cast and creative team drawn from Seattle and Broadway. Several 5th Avenue veterans return for the production, including acclaimed director and choreographer Casey Nicholaw, who received his first professional choreography gig at The 5th Avenue Theatre (“The Prince and the Pauper”, 2001) and where he later choreographed “My Fair Lady” (2002). On Broadway, Nicholaw won praise as the choreographer of “Spamalot”, and director/choreographer of “The Drowsy Chaperone” and “Elf: The Broadway Musical”, garnering three Tony nominations for his work.

Music for “Aladdin” is by Alan Menken (“Beauty and the Beast”, “The Little Mermaid”, “Tangled”), who has won a total of eight Oscars, more than any living person; lyrics are by the late Howard Ashman (“Little Shop of Horrors”, “Beauty and the Beast”, “The Little Mermaid”) and Tim Rice (“Jesus Christ Superstar”, “Chess”, “The Lion King”). Librettist Chad Beguelin wrote the books for “The Rhythm Club”, “Wicked City’ and “The Wedding Singer”, which premiered at The 5th Avenue in 2006. Menken and Beguelin contribute additional lyrics.

This new “Aladdin” incorporates all of the beloved songs from the film’s Oscar-winning score plus never-before heard Menken/Ashman songs restored from early drafts of the score. It marks a return to the authors’ original vision: a loving homage to the Hope-Crosby road pictures with a score invoking the jazz sound of stars like Cab Calloway and Fats Waller.

The 5th Avenue production of “Oklahoma!” is being postponed until the 2011-12 season, dates to be announced. Ticket holders for “Oklahoma!” will be receiving replacement tickets for “Aladdin”. Tickets for “Aladdin” are available by calling 206-625-1900/toll-free 888-5TH-4TIX (584-4849), at the box office at 1308 5th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101, or online at 5thavenue.org.

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