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James Monroe Iglehart Lays Down His Lamp at Broadway's Aladdin

The Tony winner exits the role of Genie to join the cast of Broadway's ''Hamilton''. logo
James Monroe Iglehart in a scene from Broadway's Aladdin.
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Tony winner James Monroe Iglehart plays his final performance in Broadway's Aladdin today. He exits the production after three years in the role of Genie, for which he won a 2015 Tony Award, to take on the dual roles of Marquis de Lafayette and Thomas Jefferson in Hamilton. Iglehart will join Hamilton in mid-April, with the specific start date still to be announced.

Replacing Iglehart in Aladdin will be Major Attaway, current Genie standby in the Broadway company, who will take over the role full-time beginning February 21. Deonté L. Warren will make his Broadway debut as standby for Genie and Babkak.

Based on the 1992 Disney animated film, Aladdin opened at Broadway's New Amsterdam Theatre 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," Aladdin features a new book and additional lyrics by Chad Beguelin.

With book, music, and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, direction by Thomas Kail, choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler, and music direction/orchestrations by Alex Lacamoire, Hamilton is based on Ron Chernow's biography of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton. The musical tells the story of Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington's right-hand man during the Revolutionary War, and was the new nation's first Treasury Secretary.

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