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Disney’s beloved animated movie Aladdin was a critical box office smash when it was released, grossing over $500 million worldwide (not adjusted for inflation) and becoming the highest-grossing film of 1992.
24 years later, the well-known story of street urchin Aladdin, his Genie and his Princess Jasmine is coming to Australia’s live stages and the cast have been confirmed for the latest Disney Theatrical Productions mega musical.
Newcomer Ainsley Melham will be making his mainstage debut in the title role of Aladdin. Ainsley is a graduate of the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) and is soon to star in Xanadu at Hayes Theatre Co.
The leading female role of Princess Jasmine has not been cast at this point and a search to fill the role is continuing.
The principal cast features Melbourne-born international musical theatre star Adam Jon Fiorentino (Saturday Night Fever, Mary Poppins) as Kassim, stage and television performer Adam Murphy (The Drowsy Chaperone, Forum) as Jafar and Robert Tripolino in the role of Omar. Filling out the principal ranks is one of Australia’s most accomplished character actors and musical theatre stars Troy Sussman as Babkak and stage and television actor Aljin Abella as Iago.
Dean Vince will be standby Jafar/Sultan and Gareth Jacobs will be Standby Genie/Babkak.
It will be one of the most diverse multi-cultural casts to appear on the Australian stage will the full ensemble cast including Jakob Ambrose, Caleb Bartolo, Dion Bilios, Max Bimbi, Daniel Camilleri, Will Centurion, Ross Chisari, Mia Dabkowski-Chandler, Nicholas Eaton, Mitchell Fistrovic, Alex Gibson-Giorgio, Chaska Hallida, Joel Hewlett, Mitchell Hicks, Kimberly Hodgson, Leah Howard, Graeme Isaako, Emily Keane, Madeleine Mackenzie, Heather Manley, Rechelle Mansour, Joseph O’Sullivan and Anica Scott-Garrell.
International performers in the cast in include the distinguished New Zealand actor George Henare will play the Sultan and Broadway performer Michael James Scott in the role of the Genie.
Michael James Scott has appeared in the original Broadway production of The Book of Mormon, the 2010 Broadway and London revival of Hair, as well as playing in the original ensemble in the Broadway cast of Aladdin.
Aladdin will open in Sydney at the Capitol Theatre in August 2016 and tickets go on sale to the general public on Tuesday 8 March, 2016.