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The Sporting Life: Disney’s Aladdin at TPAC May 2 – 7 Edition

by Cass Teague
Genie – Michael James Scott. Photo by Deen van Meer. © Disney

HCA Healthcare / Tristar Health Broadway at TPAC presents Disney’s Aladdin May 2 – 7, 2023 in Andrew Jackson Hall, with Tickets starting at only $35. Discover a whole new world at Disney’s Aladdin, the hit Broadway musical. From the producer of The Lion King comes the timeless story of Aladdin, a thrilling production filled with unforgettable beauty, magic, comedy, and breathtaking spectacle.

It’s an extraordinary theatrical event where one lamp and three wishes make the possibilities infinite. Hailed by USA Today as “Pure Genie-Us,” Aladdin features all your favorite songs from the film as well as new music written by Tony® and Academy Award® winner Alan Menken (Newsies) with lyrics penned by the legendary Howard Ashman (Beauty and the Beast), Tony Award winner Tim Rice (The Lion King, Aida), and book writer Chad Beguelin (The Wedding Singer). See why audiences and critics agree, Aladdin is “Exactly What You Wish For!” (NBC-TV). 

While the animated film was in development, the character of the Genie was based on jazz greats Cab Calloway and Fats Waller. Though this concept was eventually changed for the film, it was brought back to life for the Broadway show. Featuring an extended tap break, glittering gold costumes and massive towers designed in art deco style, the musical number “Friend Like Me” is an homage to Busby Berkeley’s 1933 classic movie musical 42nd Street. (It’s fitting, since Aladdin on Broadway plays at the New Amsterdam Theatre on 42nd Street!)

Michael James Scott originated the role of the Genie for the Broadway Cast. He originated Genie in Aladdin Australia (Helpmann Award). Best known for originating “The Maggots Guy” in The Book of Mormon and The Minstrel in Something Rotten! on Broadway. Other Broadway roles in Aladdin (original co.), Hair (original revival co.), All Shook Up (original co.), The Pirate Queen (original co.), Elf (original co.), Mamma Mia! and Tarzan. West End: Aladdin (Genie), Hair. Other: Fosse (international tour), Jerry Springer: The Opera (Carnegie Hall), Jersey Boys (Las Vegas). His appearances on TV have included “Black Monday,” “The Carrie Diaries,” “Independent Woman.” Holiday Album A Fierce Christmas on Spotify, iTunes.

Marcus M. Martin is Genie in the North American Tour Cast for his National Tour Debut. Previous roles include Regional Theatre: Little Shop of Horrors (Audrey II), The Wiz (The Lion), Carousel (Enoch Snow), The Music Man (Marcellus Washburn), A Christmas Carol (Ghost of Christmas Present). A proud 2020 graduate of the Baldwin Wallace Music Theatre Program. The North American Tour Cast also features principles Adi Roy as Aladdin, Senzel Ahmady as Jasmine, Anand Nagraj as Jafar, Aaron Choi as Iago, Sorab Wadia as Sultan, Ben Chavez as Omar, Jake Letts as Babkak, along with dozens of talented Ensemble and Standbys.

Broadway at TPAC concludes the 2022/23 season with Into the Woods, May 23-28 and 1776 The Musical, June 20-25. Season tickets for the 2023/24 Broadway at TPAC series are on sale now.

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