It is well known that Aladdin had a magic carpet, but did you know he can sing and dance as well?
The musical stage production of “Aladdin” from Disney Theatrical Productions will be performed at the Fox Theatre in Midtown Sept. 12 through 23. This is the premiere production of the Fifth Third Bank Broadway in Atlanta series’ 2018-19 season.
Two cast members who portray Aladdin’s friends in the production – Kassim, played by Jed Feder, and Babkak, played by Zach Bencal – agreed this stage presentation is special because it is family friendly with live music and, as Bencal said, “more than 300 amazing costumes.”
In addition to the music, costumes and sets, “Disney knows how to put on a huge stage show like this,” Feder said of the production.
“Our shows here at the Fox in Atlanta, as well as the other venues we have played in this tour, are nothing short of the caliber of shows people see on Broadway (in New York),” he said. “Those attending this production at the Fox will enjoy this show, regardless of their age, and it has everything a Broadway show should have.”
“Aladdin” is based on the 1992 animated Disney movie by the same name. In it a poor young man is granted three wishes by a genie in a lamp, and he uses them to court a princess and stop the sultan’s evil grand vizier. The film won Oscars for Original Song (“A Whole New World”) and Original Score.
The musical version premiered at the 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle in 2011 and opened on Broadway in 2014, being nominated for five Tony Awards, winning one for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical (James Monroe Iglehart).
Produced by Disney Theatrical Productions and under the direction of Thomas Schumacher, the show features music by Tony Award-winning and eight-time Oscar winner Alan Menken with lyrics by two-time Oscar winner Howard Ashman.
Bencal said he is having a great time playing Babkak because his character collaborates with his friends on making jokes, something that was not in the film version.
”Aladdin’s three friends,” he said, “work together as a unit where someone sets the joke, another builds onto it and then someone, usually my character, delivers the punchline, which has people laughing. And I love to make people laugh.”
Feder said his character was originally written for the film version of “Aladdin,” but was cut out of the film but is back for the stage production.
“My character is fun to play, as he sees himself as the leader of the pack of Aladdin’s friends and thinks he is larger than life,” he said.
Tickets start at $34 per person and are available by visiting www.foxtheatre.org/aladdin or calling 1-855-285-8499. Group orders for parties of 10 or more are available by calling 404-881-2000.