The early ’90s renaissance in Disney animation, in addition to birthing several classic films and restoring luster to the Disney name, has also been a hit on Broadway, with “The Lion King,” “The Little Mermaid,” and “Beauty and the Beast” all making their way to the Great White Way in the past two decades.
Now, the fourth film of that renaissance is headed to Broadway as well. A musical version of the 1992 genie-in-a-bottle Disney film “Aladdin” will open at New York’s New Amsterdam theater next year, the New York Times reported.
The show, which has been in the works for several years and had out-of-town openings in Seattle and St. Louis, will feature Alan Menken and Howard Ashman’s unforgettable songs from the movie, as well as some contemporaneous tunes that were cut out, and new original songs co-written by Menken (Ashman died in 1991.)
“Aladdin” will replace a production of “Mary Poppins” that closes this spring.