TheatEAR Newsflash: Aladdin & Hunchback Buzz

It feels so good to have a reason to do TWO newsflash articles in a month!

THINGS ARE HAPPENING.

With just a few days before Aladdin makes its first splash in Canada, there are quite a few articles leaking from the North with very promising news.

→ Words like “sophisticated” and “mature” are being thrown around when talking about this new production. (Brandon Sun)

→ The return of the late Howard Ashman’s original vision of the film. (The Star)

But Aladdin was Ashman’s pride and joy. He saw it, as Schumacher says, “as this giant Cotton Club meets Cab Calloway meets Bob Hope and Bing Crosby in the Road movies fantasy.”

It was a great idea, but it wasn’t meant to be. Ashman died of AIDS in March 1991 at the age of 40. He and Menken had written 11 songs for Aladdin, but most of them were never heard. And when Robin Williams’s Genie hysterically hijacked the film, Ashman’s vision faded away.

But some people never forgot it, like Ashman’s friend and partner, Menken, who continued on with other lyricists to be one of the most successful composers for stage and screen today.

The more and more buzz I hear about the show, the more my mind is being changed about this show making its way to the stage. I’m really glad for that.

For the next bit of news, I’d just like to say I’ve been waiting my whole life absolutely forever to maybe sorta have this happen.

After a German version of the show hit the stage in 1999, The Hunchback of Notre Dame is going to be holding auditions for a “developmental lab”. Eee! Here’s the official press release from BroadwayWorld.com + also the audition notice.

I’m thrilled Disney Theatrical has The Hunchback moving forward. The music is just so strong, and if Aladdin proves to be successful — who knows what this could mean for Broadway. Four Disney shows at once? How about four SUCCESSFUL Disney shows at once? Could it happen?

I guess we shall see…

(You can always purchase a cast album from the German musical version on Amazon while we wait…)

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