Disney’s Aladdin – Matthew Croke to play the title role

Aladdin, Prince Edward Theatre - Jade Ewen (Jasmine) and Matthew Croke (Aladdin) Photographer Matt Crockett. © Disney 10013_RT

Jade Ewen with new Aladdin, Matthew Croke. Picture: Matt Crockett

Matthew Croke will step into the title role in Disney’s Aladdin just months before the lavish show celebrates its first birthday at London’s Prince Edward Theatre. His first performance will be on 5 June 2017.

After impressing fans and critics with his performance as Don Lockwood in the UK tour of Singin’ in the Rain, Croke will make his debut as a West End leading man in the role that was previously played by Dean John-Wilson.

Croke’s Aladdin will join original cast members, former Sugababe and Eurovision contestant Jade Ewen as Jasmine and Broadway’s Trevor Dion Nicholas in his London stage debut as Genie.

Other cast changes include Nick Cavaliere who joins the company to play the role of Iago, while current cast members Miles Barrow, Leon Craig and Daniel de Bourg will step into the roles of Omar, Babkak and Kassim respectively. Don Gallagher will continue in the role of Jafar, with Irvine Iqbal also remaining as the Sultan.

Further new cast members include: Chanelle Anthony, Danny Becker, Cindy Belliot, Filippo Coffano, Nolan Edwards, Sinead Kenny, Travis Kerry, Dann Kharsa, Tarisha Rommick, Joshua Steel, Monica Swayne and Niko Wirachman. Kerry and Wirachman both join the production after entering international open auditions.

The remaining cast consists of Arran Anzani-Jones, Albey Brookes, Lauren Chia, Bianca Cordice, Cavin Cornwall, Melanie Elizabeth, Kade Ferraiolo, Antony Hewitt, Mitch Leow, Oliver Lidert, Ian Oswald, Kyle Seeley, Sadie-Jean Shirley, Ricardo Spriggs, Kayleigh Thadani and Jermaine Woods.

Based on the 1992 animated film, Disney Theatrical Productions’ Aladdin features songs from the movie along with new music written by Tony, Olivier and eight-time Academy award winner Alan Menken. The show also features lyrics from multi award winners Howard Ashman, Tim Rice and four-time Tony Award nominee Chad Beguelin who also provides the book. Aladdin is directed and choreographed by Tony and Olivier Award winner Casey Nicholaw.

Aladdin, Prince Edward Theatre - Matthew Croker (Aladdin) Photographer Matt Crockett. © Disney 10148_RThe creative team also includes scenic designer Bob Crowley, lighting designer Natasha Katz, costume designer Gregg Barnes and sound designer Ken Travis. Casting is by Jill Green CDG.

The production team also includes illusion designer Jim Steinmeyer, hair designer Josh Marquette and make-up designer Milagros Medina-Cerdeira. The music team is headed by music supervisor and music director Michael Kosarin, who also created the vocal and incidental music arrangements, joined by orchestrator Danny Troob and dance music arranger Glen Kelly.

Disney’s hit West End musical Aladdin opened on 15 June 2016 following preview performances from 27 May 2016. The show continues to break attendance records at its London home, the Prince Edward Theatre.

Now in its fourth record-breaking year at the New Amsterdam Theatre on Broadway, there are currently six productions of the show on four continents and it has been seen by over four million people to date.

Aladdin opened in Tokyo in May 2015 ahead of its European premiere in Hamburg in December 2016. The show opened in Australia in August last year and launches its North American tour next month in Chicago.

Angela Thomas

Tickets for Aladdin are available HERE

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