Genie has granted your wish: Disney’s Aladdin is coming to Australia in 2016!

Disney’s Aladdin, a new musical comedy based on the classic Academy Award-winning animated film, will open in Sydney at the Capitol Theatre in August 2016.

Adam Jacobs in Disney Theatrical Productions' Aladdin, the new musical. Image by Cylla Von Tiedemann
Adam Jacobs in Disney Theatrical Productions’ Aladdin, the new musical. Image by Cylla Von Tiedemann

Tickets will go on sale in March 2016 – mark it on your calendars!

The New South Wales Government, through its tourism and major events agency Destination NSW, is proud to be a strategic partner of Disney’s Aladdin.

NSW Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events Stuart Ayres, said today “This is a real coup for NSW and we anticipate Aladdin will bring more than 120,000 visitors to Sydney, generating $39 million for the NSW economy.

“Disney Theatrical has a long and successful history of producing first-rate musical theatre productions here in Australia and we are thrilled to announce that Sydney’s magnificent Capitol Theatre will be the venue for the Australian premiere of this huge Broadway hit.”

President and Producer, Disney Theatrical, Thomas Schumacher, said today “We are very excited to be partnering once again with the New South Wales Government and Destination NSW on Aladdin, our third production to premiere in Sydney.

“Director Casey Nicholaw and his team have created an entertainment as full of heart as it is joy and I cannot wait until we get to play it in Sydney, one of the world’s great theatre cities.”

Produced by Disney Theatrical Productions, the show features music by Tony Award and eight-time Oscar winner Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast, Newsies, Sister Act, Little Shop of Horrors), 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 four-time Tony Award nominee Chad Beguelin (The Wedding Singer). With a book by Beguelin, Aladdin is directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Casey Nicholaw (The Book of Mormon, Something Rotten).

Aladdin, adapted from the Disney film and centuries-old folktales including “One Thousand and One Nights,” is a journey  that sweeps audiences into an exotic world of daring adventure, classic comedy and timeless romance.

This production features a full score, including the five songs from the film’s soundtrack and more written especially for the stage.

Aladdin opened on Broadway to critical acclaim on March 20th, 2014, breaking eight New Amsterdam Theatre house records.

The animated film was released by Disney in 1992 and was a critical and box office smash. The film won the Oscar for Best Original Score and introduced the hit song “A Whole New World,” which won the second of the film’s two Academy Awards as Best Original Song.

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Cassie is a theatre critic and arts writer in Sydney, and is the deputy editor of AussieTheatre. She has written for The Guardian, Time Out Sydney, Daily Review, and BroadwayWorld Australia. She is a voter for the Sydney Theatre Awards.

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