Disney's 'Aladdin' to seek a whole new world on Broadway

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Have you been yearning to see a full-blown stage production of Disney’s Aladdin on the Great White Way? If so, your wish may soon be granted: A source close to the production has confirmed to EW that a live-action version of the studio’s 1992 animated hit is taking a magic carpet ride straight to Broadway. The New York Times first reported the news.

Aladdin will take residence in the Disney-owned New Amsterdam Theater after Mary Poppins closes this March. It probably won’t begin performances until the spring of 2014.

Though a version of Aladdin premiered on stage in Seattle in 2011, that production will not serve as the model for Broadway’s Aladdin. (The Seattle Times gave the earlier show a mostly positive review, noting that it was best when it “stop[ped] trying to duplicate animated action sequences and magic carpets.”) The Seattle version incorporated new music by composer Alan Menken and lyricist Tim Rice, in addition to songs and characters that were cut from the animated movie. Book writer Chad Beguelin contributed lyrics as well. (Some of the reincorporated material also featured lyrics by Menken’s longtime collaborator Howard Ashman, who died in 1991 before the Aladdin movie’s production was completed.)

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