The evening performance of Aladdin on September 29 was canceled due to a breakthrough COVID-19 case found within the company. Disney’s Aladdin reopened at the New Amsterdam Theater on Broadway on September 28.
Aladdin is the first Broadway performance to be canceled due to the new COVID-19. According to the “New York Times” report, this popular musical performed with three substitutes during its premiere. Disney stated on September 29 that coronavirus cases were detected “through our rigorous testing procedures,”. “The health and safety of our guests, actors, and staff is our top priority”. All tickets for the September 29th performance will be refunded at the point of original purchase.
Michael Maliakel returns in the title role and Shoba Narayan as Jasmine. Zach Bencal returned as Babkak, while Frank Viveros as a Genie/Sultan/Babkak standby.
Other returns include four original company members in principal roles: Michael James Scott as Genie and Tony nominee Jonathan Freeman as Jafar. Don Darryl Rivera came back as Iago, and Dennis Stowe – as the Jafar/Sultan standby. Milo Alosi returns as Kassim, Brad Weinstock as Omar, JC Montgomery as Sultan, and Juwan Crawley as a Genie/Sultan standby.
The ensemble features Tia Altinay, Mary Antonini, Netanel Bellaishe, Michael Callahan, Mike Cannon, Matthew deGuzman, Jacob Dickey, Mark DiConzo, Olivia Donalson, Josh Drake, Samantha Farrow, Jacob Gutierrez, Heather Makalani, Stanley Martin, Paul Heesang Miller, April Holloway, Amber Owens, Jamie Kasey Patterson, Bobby Pestka, Ariel Reid, Tyler Roberts, Jaz Sealey, Charles South, Angelo Soriano, and Katie Terza.
Disney Theater confirmed that after two rounds of PCR tests within 24 hours have not found new breakthrough cases.”Aladdin” will resume performance on the evening of September 30.
Disney’s Aladdin, which has been closed due to the coronavirus pandemic since March 2020 reopened on September 28 at the New Amsterdam Theater on Broadway.
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Credits: Playbill.com; broadwaydirect.com