Disney's animated film Aladdin to sweep into Broadway
NEW YORK (AP) - A stage musical of the animated film Aladdin is riding a magic carpet to Broadway and the president of Disney Theatrical Productions promises it will be "a full-length, big song musical with big dance numbers".
Mr Thomas Schumacher said in an interview that the final two-act Aladdin will build on the 1992 film blockbuster with new songs by Mr Alan Menken, additional characters and, appropriately, some magic tricks.
"If I look around Broadway right now, what I want to see is big production numbers. I want to see lush environments. I want surprise," Mr Schumacher said on Friday. "You want a lot of humor, which we will do. And you want heart."
Aladdin will be directed and choreographed by Tony Award-winner Casey Nicholaw, whose previous hits include The Book of Mormon and The Drowsy Chaperone.