Aladdin may be the latest Disney musical to fly onto Broadway, according to PerezHilton.com. Alan Menken, the Oscar and Tony-winning composer of the animated film, reportedly says a Broadway run of Aladdin is in the works.
Based on the smash-hit 1992 animated film, Aladdin is the story of a street urchin who uses the help of a magic lamp Genie to win the heart of Princess Jasmine. The musical features music by Menken, lyrics by Tim Rice and the late Howard Ashman and a new book by Chad Beguelin (Elf, The Wedding Singer). Menken won an Academy Award for his s core and shared a second Oscar with Rice for the song "A Whole New World," sung in the film by Brad Kane and Tony winner Lea Salonga
Aladdin first premiered at Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre in July 2011. The musical was directed by The Book of Mormon director Casey Nicholaw, starred The Lion King’s Adam Jacobs as Aladdin and featured Newsies’ Andrew Keenan-Bolger. A recent St. Louis Muny production starred two-time Tony nominee Robin De Jesus in the title role and co-starred Avenue Q Tony nominee John Tartaglia as the Genie.
No timeline or casting has been confirmed for a Broadway production.