Disney Theatrical Productions, under the direction of Thomas Schumacher, announced today that a newly-imagined North American tour of Aladdin is scheduled to launch in October 2022, allowing the hit Broadway musical to entertain new audiences in cities and venues which couldn’t accommodate the previous tour.
This new tour will launch in Schenectady, NY at Proctors, playing October 11-23, 2022. During the 2022-23 season, the tour will play 36 cities, including Austin, Kansas City and San Antonio, which each had their engagements cancelled due to the industry shutdown. The production’s full itinerary and casting will be announced at a later date.
“Certainly we are thrilled to have Disney return to create a new national tour, but I have to say, Aladdin has been asked for by the people of the Capital Region of New York ever since it first opened on Broadway eight years ago!,” said Proctors Collaborative CEO Philip Morris. “We are ecstatic to have it here.”
This new production of Aladdin will employ approximately 75 theater professionals traveling with the show and about 40 additional locals in each city. To date, the long-running Broadway production and previous three-year tour employed more than 600 theatre-makers.
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Aladdin, the hit musical based on the Academy Award®-winning animated film, opened on Broadway at the New Amsterdam Theatre to critical acclaim on March 20, 2014 and quickly established itself as one of the biggest new blockbusters in recent years, breaking 14 New Amsterdam Theatre house records. Worldwide it has welcomed more than 14 million people, and can be seen currently on Broadway, in Tokyo, the Netherlands, Mexico City and Stuttgart.
Produced by Disney Theatrical Productions, the show features music by Tony Award and eight-time Oscar® winner Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast, Newsies, Sister Act), lyrics by two-time Oscar winner Howard Ashman (Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid), three-time Tony Award and three-time Oscar winner Tim Rice (Evita, Aida) and six-time Tony Award nominee Chad Beguelin (The Wedding Singer), with a book by Beguelin, and is directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Casey Nicholaw (The Book of Mormon).
Aladdin, adapted from the animated Disney film and centuries-old folktales including “One Thousand and One Nights,” is brought to fresh theatrical life in this bold new musical. Aladdin’s journey sweeps audiences into an exotic world of daring adventure, classic comedy and timeless romance. This new production features a full score, including the five cherished songs from the Academy Award-winning soundtrack and more written especially for the stage.
The animated film Aladdin was released by Disney in 1992 and was a critical and box office smash, becoming the highest-grossing film of the year.