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Aladdin Welcomes New Principals to Broadway

Original Australian star Ainsley Melham makes his Broadway debut as the newest Prince Ali.

Three new principals joined the Broadway cast of Aladdin last night at the New Amsterdam Theatre, and the company gave them a warm welcome for their opening-night curtain call.

The Broadway cast of Aladdin takes a company bow during curtain call on February 21.
(© Shay Frey)

Original Australian star Ainsley Melham assumed the title role in his Broadway and North American theatrical debut. He is joined by Michael James Scott, an original Broadway company member who originated the role of Genie in Australia and comes directly from playing it on the North American tour, as well as Mike Longo, who steps into the role of Kassim.

Ainsley Melham takes over the title role in Aladdin at the New Amsterdam Theatre.
(© Shay Frey)

The current Broadway cast also features Arielle Jacobs as Jasmine, Jonathan Freeman as Jafar, Brian Gonzales as Babkak, J.C. Montgomery as the Sultan, Don Darryl Rivera as Iago, and Brad Weinstock as Omar.

Michael James Scott take his first bow as Broadway's newest Genie.
(© Shay Frey)

Based on the 1992 Disney animated film, Aladdin opened on Broadway on March 20, 2014. With a score by Alan Menken, Howard Ashman, and Tim Rice with songs such as "Friend Like Me" and the Academy Award-winning "A Whole New World," the show features a new book and additional lyrics by Chad Beguelin.

Mike Longo (center) joins Aladdin on Broadway as Kassim, taking his bow alongside Brad Weinstock (Omar) and Brian Gonzales (Babkak).
(© Shay Frey)
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