Tony nominees Robin De Jesus and John Tartaglia will star as Aladdin and the Genie, respectively, in the musical adaptation of Disney’s Aladdin at the Muny in St. Louis. Directed by Gary Griffin and choreographed by Alex Sanchez, the production features music by Alan Menkin, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice, and a book and additional lyrics by Chad Beguelin. The production will play July 5 through 13.
In addition to De Jesus and Tartaglia, Aladdin will star Samantha Massell (La Boheme) as Jasmine, Ken Page (Ain’t Misbehavin’) as the Sultan, Thom Sesma (The Times They Are A-Changin’) as Jafar, Jason Graae (Falsettos) as Omar, Curtis Holbrook (West Side Story) as Iago, Francis Jue (Thoroughly Modern Millie) as Kassim and Eddie Korbich (The Little Mermaid) as Babkak. Based on the film of the same name, Aladdin is the story of a street urchin (De Jesus) who uses the help of a magic lamp Genie (Tartaglia) to win the heart of Princess Jasmine (Massell).
De Jesus has appeared on Broadway in Rent, and earned Tony nominations for in In the Heights and La Cage aux Folles. De Jesus starred in the 2003 movie Camp.
Tartaglia earned a Tony nomination for Avenue Q. His additional Broadway credits include Beauty and the Beast and Shrek the Musical. He is the creator and star of Johnny and the Sprites on Playhouse Disney, and has worked as a puppeteer on Sesame Street.
The Aladdin creative team includes scenic designer Michael Anania, sound designer Jason Krueger, lighting designer Seth Jackson and costume designer Mara Blumenfeld.