Disney's Aladdin Gets a Dual-Language Edition at CASA 0101 Theater
Performances begin this week at the Los Angeles theater.
Based on the hit 1992 animated Disney film, the production features a book by Jim Luigs and Jose Cruz Gonzalez, with music from the original movie by Alan Menken and lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice. The score is adapted, arranged, and orchestrated by Bryan Louiselle with lyric translations by Walterio Pezqueira.
Directed by Rigo Tejeda with choreography by Tania Possick and music direction by Caroline Benzon, Aladdin set in the fictional Middle Eastern city of Agrabah where a beloved Disney princess finds true love with a commoner boy with a magic carpet.
"Our dramaturgical mission for Aladdin Dual Language Edition/Edición De Lenguaje Dual was to weave two languages into the plot while making sure that both English-speaking and Spanish-speaking audiences could follow the story," said Ken Cerniglia, dramaturg and literary manager for Disney Theatrical Productions. "We hewed closely to the text and structure of Disney's Aladdin Jr., adapted for the stage by Bryan Louiselle and Jim Luigs, but amplified the show with a new backstory."
Michael Torrenueva and Daniel Martinez share the role of Aladdin, Valeria Maldonado and Sarah Kennedy jointly take on the role of Jasmine, Lewis Powell III and Finley Polynice play the Genie, and Omar Mata and Luis Marquez play Jafar. The cast also includes Evan Garcia as Razú; Jason David as Iago; Henry Madrid as Sultán; Sebastian Gonzalez as Abu; Rosa Navarrete as Rajah; Danielle Espinoza as Magic Carpet; Blanca Espinoza as Royal Translator; Shanara Sanders as Royal Translator; Diana Castrillon as Royal Translator. Rounding out the ensemble are Jocelyn Sanchez, Andrew Cano, Mariana Peterson, Andrea Somera, Jesse Maldonado, Alejandro Lechuga, and Bryant Melton.