Aladdin in LA!
- By Ken Werther
- Photo Courtesy of Pantages
Disney Theatrical Productions has been busy. It all began on Broadway with Beauty and the Beast in 1994 (playing an impressive 5,461 performances). Then came The Lion King (1997), a legendary achievement that is still running after 20 years (currently having played 8,364 performances).
Next was Aida (2000), Tarzan (2006), Mary Poppins (2006), The Little Mermaid (2007), Newsies (2012), and Aladdin (2014). This wildly impressive list doesn’t even include various productions around the world of The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Pinocchio, and The Jungle Book, among others. Many other projects are currently in development. A personal note — I handled publicity for the LA production of Beauty and the Beast from 1995–1996. I had more fun than people should be allowed to have and still get paid for it!
The National Tour of Aladdin opens at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood this month and Disney fans of all ages have been lining up to buy their tickets. Nominated for five Tony Awards including Best Musical, the show tells the familiar tale of a poor young man who is granted three wishes by a genie in a lamp. The animated feature from which the stage musical is adapted was released in 1992 and became the most financially successful film of that year. Onstage, the musical highlight “A Whole New World” features the famed flying carpet. What more could you ask?
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