Disney Theatrical Productions has released an exclusive first look at Matthew Croke in the title role in Aladdin ahead of his first performance on 5 June 2017 at the Prince Edward Theatre.
A behind-the-scenes video of Croke’s very first Aladdin transformation and photo shoot is also available now.
The new musical based on the Academy Award-winning animated film will have its first birthday in the West End on 15 June, with Jade Ewen and Trevor Dion Nicholas continuing in the roles of Jasmine and Genie respectively.
The role of Aladdin will be Croke’s debut in a leading role in the West End. Originally from Sheffield, he has previously starred in Annie Get Your Gun (Crucible Theatre), Singin’ in the Rain (UK tour), Funny Girl (Menier Chocolate Factory), Shall We Dance (Sadler’s Wells), A Chorus Line (Crucible Theatre) and West Side Story (UK and Ireland tour).
He has also performed and understudied the roles of Amos Hart and Mary Sunshine in Chicago (Cambridge Theatre), Eugene in Grease (Piccadilly Theatre), Don in Singin’ in the Rain (Palace Theatre) and Fiyero in Wicked (Apollo Victoria).
As previously announced, Nick Cavaliere will join 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 and Irvine Iqbal will continue in their respective roles of Jafar and the Sultan.
The new cast also includes Chanelle Anthony, Danny Becker, Cindy Belliot, Filippo Coffano, Nolan Edwards, Sinead Kenny, Travis Kerry, Dann Kharsa, Tarisha Rommick, Joshua Steel, Monica Swayne, Damien Winchester and Niko Wirachman.
Danny Becker, Travis Kerry and Niko Wirachman join the production after entering international open auditions.
The remaining cast comprises 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.
Disney’s Aladdin opened to critical acclaim on 15 June 2016, having begun preview performances from 27 May 2016. Tickets are now on sale for performances up to and including 30 September 2017 for individuals and 10 February 2018 for group bookings.
Now in its fourth record-breaking year on Broadway at the New Amsterdam Theatre, Aladdin’s global presence has grown to six productions on four continents, seen by more than 4 million people to date.
The show opened at Tokyo’s Dentsu Shiki Theatre Umi in May 2015; had its European premiere in December 2015 at the Stage Theatre Neue Flora, Hamburg; began performances in August 2016 in Australia; and launches its North American tour next month in Chicago.
Aladdin features the songs from the 1992 animated film as well as new music written Alan Menken. Lyrics are by Howard Ashman, Tim Rice and Chad Beguelin, with a book by Beguelin. The musical is directed and choreographed by Casey Nicholaw.
The creative team comprises 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.
Tickets for Aladdin are available HERE.