News broke out the other day that there will be a new Aladdin coming to Agrabah -- as well as getting a magic carpet ride all around North America.
Telly Leung, who is returning to Broadway in the show In Transit at the end of the month after a leave of absence, will be joining the magic carpet ride as the new lead.
Leung, who has had a feature role on the hit FOX TV show Glee, made his Broadway debut in 2002 with the revival of Rodger’s and Hammerstein’s Flower Drum Song. Since then, Leung has been in 2011’s revival of Godspell and, most recently, 2015’s Allegiance opposite George Takei. There has been no announcement as to when Leung will make his debut in the show.
As for the original Aladdin himself, Adam Jacobs, he will be leaving the Broadway company to headline the upcoming North American tour. The tour will begin April 11 in Chicago at the Chicago Cadillac Palace. No further dates have been announced.
Jacobs has played Aladdin since the opening of the show back in 2014. His final performance will be on February 12. He will be succeeded by his understudy Joshua Dela Cruz for an unforeseeable time.
Aladdin: The Musical is based on the 1992 Disney animated feature with music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice. The musical was nominated for four Tony Awards. Aladdin premiered back in Seattle in 2011. After playing Toronto in 2013, the show opened at the New Amsterdam Theatre on March 20, 2014. The cast also includes Courtney Reed as Princess Jasmine, James Monroe Iglehart as the Genie, Jonathan Freeman as Jafar (Fun fact: Jonathan voiced Jafar in the animated feature!), and Clifton Davis as The Sultan.
Check out the official website for more details on the upcoming North American tour and everything Aladdin.