Disney’s hit musical Aladdin celebrates its 3,000th performance on Broadway today, Wednesday, December 28, at its matinee performance. In addition to reaching the 3,000 performance milestone, Aladdin recently joined the Top 20 longest Broadway runs when it passed the 1964-70 run of Hello, Dolly!. As Aladdin joins The Lion King and Beauty and the Beast on that list, Disney Theatrical now has three of the 20 longest runs in Broadway history.
Also for the record books, with the opening of Some Like It Hot and the ongoing success of TheBook Of Mormon, director-choreographer Casey Nicholaw now has three musicals running on Broadway. Nicholaw has achieved this rare feat two times during Aladdin's run and, additionally, twice had a whopping four concurrent runs. (The other shows were Something Rotten!; Tuck Everlasting; Mean Girls and The Prom.) In addition to his remarkable Main Stem activity, Nicholaw has launched seven national tours over the nearly nine year run of Aladdin.
Aladdin, the hit musical based on the Academy Award®-winning animated film, opened on Broadway at the New Amsterdam Theatre to critical acclaim on March 20, 2014 and quickly established itself as one of the biggest new blockbusters in recent years, breaking 14 New Amsterdam Theatre house records. Worldwide it has welcomed more than 14 million people and can be seen currently on Broadway, on tour across North America, and in Tokyo, the Netherlands, Mexico City and Germany.
Produced by Disney Theatrical Productions, under the direction of Thomas Schumacher, the show features music by Tony Award and eight-time Oscar® winner Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast, Newsies, Sister Act), lyrics by two-time Oscar winner Howard Ashman (Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid), three-time Tony Award and three-time Oscar winner Tim Rice (Evita, Aida) and six-time Tony Award nominee Chad Beguelin (The Wedding Singer), with a book by Beguelin, and is directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Casey Nicholaw (The Book of Mormon). The animated film Aladdin was released by Disney in 1992 and was a critical and box office smash, becoming the highest-grossing film of the year.
Aladdin is designed by seven-time Tony-winning scenic designer Bob Crowley, seven-time Tony-winning lighting designer Natasha Katz, two-time Tony-winning costume designer Gregg Barnes and sound designer Ken Travis.
The production team also includes illusion designer Jim Steinmeyer, hair designer Josh Marquette and makeup designer Milagros Medina-Cerdeira. The music team is headed by music supervisor and music director Michael Kosarin, who also created the vocal and incidental music arrangements, joined by orchestrator Danny Troob and dance music arranger Glen Kelly. Anne Quart serves as co-producer.
For more information, visit AladdinTheMusical.com.