“Aladdin” came to Broadway in Spring 2014 and on Apr. 29, 2014 was nominated for five Tony awards. I saw the new musical in New York on Broadway on Apr. 27, 2014.
The cast included Broadway star Adam Jacobs as Aladdin, Tony nominee James Monroe as the Genie. Courtney Reed as Jasmine and Jonathan Freeman who was the original voice for Jafar in the Disney animated movie, which is the role he played in the musical.
The musical was great and very well done. Jacobs was fantastic as Aladdin, he has a great voice, looked the part, young. He fit the role perfectly. Monroe as the Genie was easily the favorite out of the cast. He has a great voice, humor and overall did a fantastic job. Reed was a fantastic Jasmine. She has the youth, great voice and portrayed Jasmine as she is meant to be portrayed, strong willed and a woman who knows what she wants. Freeman as Jafar was great having done the voice in the Disney adaption. A bit disappointing that he only sang one song though and it was toward the end of the musical when he did sing.
Overall it was great to see one of my favorite Disney movies come to life in a musical. The new music was great and the staging was done very well, along with the costumes. The main thing that impressed me was the magic carpet during “A Whole New World.” There were no wires, no air; it was the definition of magic. I found it really interesting how they replaced Abu the monkey with three men as Aladdin’s sidekicks, Babkak portrayed by Brian Gonzales, Omar portrayed by Jonathan Schwartz and Kassim portrayed by Brandon O’Neill. Iago the parrot was also replaced as a human portrayed by Don Darryl Rivera. Fantastic cast and a great musical.