Adam Jacobs and Courtney Reed in the Broadway production of Disney's Aladdin
Adam Jacobs and Courtney Reed in the Broadway production of Disney's Aladdin

A Magic Carpet Ride Into LA

Disney Theatricals, producer of the hit musical Aladdin, have announced the cast of its latest national tour, set to land its magic carpet in Los Angeles. For a five-week stretch of the tour, original Broadway cast members Adam Jacobs and Courtney Reed will be reunited for part of the Los Angeles run at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre.  Their tenure with the production will last from January 13 through February 18, 2018. The full twelve-week run at the Pantages will end on March 31, 2018.

Jacobs and Reed originated the roles of Aladdin and Jasmine (respectively) in the original Broadway production of Aladdin when it opened in 2014. They will be joined by Michael James Scott, who will be playing the Genie, reprising the role he originated for the Australian production. Isabelle McCalla, original Jasmine in the Aladdin North American tour company, will play performances in Los Angeles from Wednesday, January 10 through Friday, January 12 and then will return Monday, February 20 to Saturday, March 31, 2018.

The touring production also features Jonathan Weir (Jafar), Reggie De Leon (Iago), JC Montgomery (Sultan), Zachary Bencal (Babkak), Philippe Arroyo (Omar), Mike Longo (Kassim), Korie Lee Blossey (Standby Genie & Sultan), Ellis C. Dawson III (Standby Genie & Babkak) and Adam Stevenson (Standby Jafar & Sultan). Rounding out the cast are Mary Antonini, Michael Bullard, Michael Callahan, Cornelius Davis, Bobby Daye, Lissa deGuzman, Mathew deGuzman, Olivia Donalson, Michael Everett, Karlee Ferreira, Michael Graceffa, Clinton Greenspan, Adrienne Howard, Albert Jennings, Kenway Hon Wai K. Kua, Jason MacDonald, Angelina Mullins, Celina Nightengale, Jaz Sealey, Charles South, Manny Stark, Annie Wallace, and Michelle West.

Aladdin originally opened at Broadway’s New Amsterdam Theatre on March 20, 2014 under the direction of Casey Nicholaw (Nicholaw also provided the choreography). The production features Scenic Design by Bob Crowley; Costume Design by Gregg Barnes; Lighting Design by Natasha Katz; and Sound Design by Ken Travis. With a score by Alan Menken, Howard Ashman, and Tim Rice, and a book by Chad Beguelin, Aladdin was nominated for five Tony Awards including Best Musical.

Mark Robinson is the author of the two-volume encyclopedia The World of Musicals and maintains a theater and entertainment blog at markrobinsonwrites.com

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