Disney's Broadway Musical Aladdin To Premiere on Disney+ Following Hamilton Success?
As previously reported, Disney's hit West End musical Aladdin was filmed for worldwide release just before closing in London last year. Today we learn new details on the expected release that will join our growing list of streaming Broadway musicals.
While Disney was originally planning to release "Aladdin" earlier this year, plans changed when another Broadway musical, "Hamilton", was fast-tracked to the streaming platform from its original October 2021 theatrical release.
With Disney now desperately seeking new content to keep new customers that joined the platform for "Hamilton", the streaming platform is rumored to continue the Broadway trend this year with the release of "Aladdin: Live From The West End" just before the end of the year.
A representative from Disney confirmed the show was captured on film - and that broadcast details will indeed be following soon.
The musical opened to critical acclaim at the Prince Edward Theatre on 15 June 2016 and closed nearly 3 years later. The upcoming live recording will feature Broadway cast member Trevor Dion Nicholas as Genie, joined by various cast members from several productions of Aladdin around the world for this special filming.
This is not the first time Disney films their theatrical productions - In 2017 the studio released a live recording of the Broadway musical Newsies, which never made it to the West End. The full recording is available here.