Friday, March 20, 2020

Disney's Aladdin Celebrate's Six Years On The Great White Way

Let's be honest people. There really hasn't been a whole lot to celebrate lately. Broadway is in it's second week of it's shut down, with rumors that it could go on past it's scheduled date of April 12. The Metropolitan Opera has officially cancelled the rest of it's season, with Carnegie Hall closed thru May 10. Same with the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. But enough about all this gloom and doom. After all, Broadway will come back. And when it does, I have no doubt it will be stronger than ever theatre fans. Now for those of you who have read any of my blogs over the years, know that I am not exactly the biggest Disney fan in the world.

But what do I know? I mean let's face facts. In the past twenty-six years, Disney has produced ten shows on the Great White Way, six of which enjoyed long runs both on Broadway and the West End. Which brings me to today's blog. Six years ago today, Aladdin officially opened at the New Amsterdam Theatre. The show, which is based on the 1992 Academy Award winning film, is directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Casey Nicholaw. By the way, it's only one hundred and fifteen performances away from surpassing another Disney favorite, Mary Poppins. Here's hoping Broadway will open soon so it can do just that. Until next time theatre fans.

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