Last week, the Seattle Times reported that the 5th Avenue Theatre had opted to postpone its planned production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! this July in favor of the world premiere of a new staged musical version of Aladdin by Disney Theatrical.
Additional reports today confirm the premiere of the musical, but little additional information has been offered other than it’s an all new book written by Chad Beguelin and will be directed and choreographed by Case Nicholaw.
The show will consist of songs from the 1992 film in addition to a new song written by Alan Menken and songs by Menken, Howard Ashman and Tim Rice that were intended for the original film but didn’t make it in.
BroadwayWorld.com which has more information on the production warns that there does not appear to be an aspirations to take the show to Broadway at this time but that they do intend to make it a touring production, which jibes completely with our report back in May in which we mention that Disney Theatrical had registered AladdinOnTour.com amongst many other potential projects.