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Aladdin and Mary Poppins Stars Salute Disney Theatricals at TDF Gala

Go behind the scenes at the annual event benefiting the Theatre Development Fund.

Aladdin star Adam Jacobs sings Disney hits at TDF's gala.
(© Jeremy Daniel)

Theatre Development Fund honored Disney Theatrical Productions and Thomas Schumacher, its president and producer, last night at its annual gala, held March 14 at Gotham Hall.

A quartet of Genies — Trevor Dion Nicholas, Major Attaway, James Monroe Iglehart, and Michael James Scott — perform "Friend Like Me" from Aladdin.
(© Jeremy Daniel)

The program, hosted by Aladdin Tony winner James Monroe Iglehart, featured a lineup of Disney on Broadway stars which included Adam Jacobs (Aladdin) and Ashley Brown (Mary Poppins).

Thomas Schumacher is honored by Theatre Development Fund.
(© Jeremy Daniel)

Jacobs sang a medley of "Proud of Your Boy" (from Aladdin) and "Endless Night" (from The Lion King); Brown sang "A Change in Me" (from Beauty and the Beast), and other numbers. The program also included four of Aladdin's Genies, James Monroe Iglehart (Broadway), Major Attaway (Broadway), Trevor Dion Nicholas (London), and Michael James Scott (Australia), performing "Friend Like Me" together.

Adam Jacobs (second from left) and Ashley Brown (right) join Victoria Bailey and Earl D. Weiner for a photo.
(© Jeremy Daniel)

The program was directed by Jeff Lee with musical direction by Jim Abbott, who led a five-piece band. The chair for the event was TDF Trustee Betsy Miller.