Aladdin Original Jafar, Jonathan Freeman, To Play Final Performance Jan. 23

Jonathan Freeman as Jafar in 'Aladdin' on BroadwayPhoto: Getty Images

Tony Award nominee and original Broadway cast member Jonathan Freeman will play his final performance as Jafar in Disney’s hit musical Aladdin on Sunday, January 23, 2022. Current Jafar/Sultan standby and fellow original Broadway cast member Dennis Stowe will assume the role beginning Tuesday, January 25.

Jonathan Freeman originated the role of Jafar in the Broadway production of Aladdin as well as in the 1992 animated film. Freeman’s other Broadway credits include She Loves Me (Tony nomination), How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, On The Town, The Producers ,42ndStreet, Sherlock Holmes, Platinum, and three other Disney hits, Beauty and the Beast, Mary Poppins and The Little Mermaid.

Dennis Stowe is an original Broadway cast member in Aladdin, having opened the show as a member of the ensemble and eventually becoming the Jafar/Sultan standby. Stowe’s other Broadway credits include Annie,Leap of FaithShrek the Musical,The Apple TreeThe Wedding SingerDirty Rotten Scoundrels,Wonderful Town and Man Of La Mancha. He is also a longtime member of Broadway Inspirational Voices.

The current cast of Aladdin stars Michael Maliakel making his Broadway debut in the title role, Shoba Narayan as Jasmine, Michael James Scott as Genie. The show also features Milo Alosi,Zach Bencal and Brad Weinstock as Aladdin’s sidekicks Kassim, Babkak and Omar, JC Montgomery as Sultan and Don Darryl Rivera as Iago. Juwan Crawley, Dennis Stowe and Frank Viveros stand by for several principals. Aladdin also features Tia Altinay, Mary Antonini, Michael Bullard, Michael Callahan, Lissa deGuzman, Mathew deGuzman, Mark DiConzo, Olivia Donalson, Josh Drake, Max B. Ehrlich, Samantha Farrow, Gaby Gamache, Jacob Gutierrez, April Holloway, Heather Makalani, Pierre Marais, Stanley Martin,Amber Owens, Jamie Kasey Patterson, Bobby Pestka, Ariel Reid, Tyler Roberts, Jaz Sealey, Angelo Soriano, Charles South and Alec Varcas.

Dennis Stowe as Jafar in 'Aladdin' on BroadwayPhoto: Photo by Evan Zimmerman for MurphyMade