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A whole new world on stage

Start of a fairytale: The cast of Disney's Aladdin at the launch of the classic’s live-action production

Start of a fairytale: The cast of Disney's Aladdin at the launch of the classic’s live-action production  

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Disney’s Aladdin all set to premier in India this April

After Disney’s theatrical production of Beauty & The Beast in 2015 that saw house-full shows, BookMyShow along with PayPal is all set to launch the next edition of the musical series with Aladdin. The 90s story that has become one of Disney’s classics alongside The Lion King and The Little Mermaid, is slated to premier on April 20, at the National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA). The fantasy production has been performed on stage in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, and Japan, and will now have an all-Indian cast.

After its opening season in Mumbai Aladdin will travel to Delhi and Hyderabad, “The story of Aladdin has universal appeal and is highly popular with the Indian audience. It’s an entertaining celebration of Aladdin’s love for Jasmine and his friendship with Genie, that will transport fans to a whole new world,” says Vikrant Pawar, Head of Live Entertainment and Local Content Studio, Disney India.

Originally produced by Disney Theatrical Productions, the show features music by Tony Award and eight-time Oscar winner Alan Menken, and lyrics by two-time and three-time Oscar winners Howard Ashman, and Tim Rice. The Indian production spearheaded by director Shruti Sharma, has a promising cast from across the country that includes Siddharth Menon and Taaruk Raina playing Aladdin, Kira Narayanan as the spunky Jasmine, and Mantra as the humorous Genie. Roshan Abbas and Vikrant Chaturvedi will take on the role of the deep-baritoned scheming villain, Jafar.

In a press conference at Sofitel BKC yesterday, the cast put on an energetic performance of the popular song Arabian Nights, followed by a heart-warming duet by Taaruk Raina and Kira Narayanan who belted out the popular number ‘A Whole New World’. With over 50 performers who will be choreographed by Shampa Gopikrishna and Bertwin D’Souza, and vocally trained by Suzane D’Mello, the production will also see large elaborate movable sets, special-effects, flying carpets, and lavish costumes.

For more details on Aladdin see bookmyshow.com

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