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JUN 2017

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GROUP TRAVEL LE ADER T H E 'A L A DDI N ' Now in its third year on Broadway, "Aladdin" transports viewers to the exotic and vibrant world of Agrabah, a fictional Middle Eastern kingdom where a lowly street thief named Aladdin attempts to win the heart of the noble Princess Jasmine with the help of a magic lamp and a f lying carpet. This romantic adventure takes f light under the spotlight with lavish costumes and a breathtaking set designed by seven-time Tony winner Bob Crowley. "Aladdin' is a musical comedy but with that Disney magic that keeps groups coming back to our shows," said Suzanne Gregory, assistant manager at Disney Theatrical Group. Fans of the 1992 animated Disney film of the same title will recognize many musical numbers from legendary composer Alan Menken and lyricist Howard Ashman. The dreamy ballad "A Whole New World" emanates magic with glittering stars and a f lying carpet that appears to f loat seamlessly over the stage and audience. As the wisecracking Genie, James Monroe Iglehart offers a zestful rendition of "Friend Like Me," which includes references to "Beauty and the Beast," "West Side Story" and other Broadway hits. Jonathan Freeman reprises his role from the film as the sinister Jafar. One of the most noticeable contrasts with the film is the replacement of the animal companions with human counterparts: Iago the sneering parrot becomes a pint-sized henchman, and three thieving pals take the place of Aladdin's monkey sidekick, Abu. The musical began its first North American tour in April. W W W . A L A D D I N T H E M U S I C A L . C O M T H E D R E A M Y B A L L A D " A W H O L E N E W W O R L D " E M A N A T E S M A G I C W I T H G L I T T E R I N G S T A R S A N D A F L Y I N G C A R P E T T H A T A P P E A R S T O F L O A T S E A M L E S S L Y O V E R T H E S T A G E A N D A U D I E N C E . Courtesy Disney eatrical Group TONY AWARD-WINNING ACTOR JAMES MONROE IGLEHART PLAYS THE GENIE IN "ALADDIN."

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