Performances begin Tuesday, Nov. 22, at Shea’s Buffalo Theatre
Disney Theatrical Productions, under the direction of Thomas Schumacher, and Shea’s Performing Arts Center announced tickets for the long-awaited engagement of “Disney’s Aladdin” will go on sale to the public at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 12. The hit Broadway musical will begin performances at Shea’s Buffalo Theatre on Tuesday, Nov. 22, for a limited engagement through Sunday, Nov. 27.
In Buffalo, “Aladdin” will play Tuesday at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday at 1 and 7:30 p.m., Friday at 1 and 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m., and Sunday at 1 p.m. Beginning Friday, Aug. 12, tickets will be available at the Shea’s box office, sheas.org, and online at Ticketmaster. Orders for groups of 10 or more may be placed by calling 716-829-1153.
A press release noted, “Ticket buyers are reminded that Shea’s and Ticketmaster are the only official retail ticket outlets for all performances at Shea’s Buffalo Theatre. Ticket buyers who purchase tickets from a ticket broker or any third party should be aware that Shea’s Buffalo Theatre is unable to reprint or replace lost or stolen tickets and is unable to contact patrons with information regarding time changes or other pertinent updates regarding the performance.”
“Aladdin,” the hit musical based on the Academy Award-winning animated film, opened on Broadway at the New Amsterdam Theatre to critical acclaim on March 20, 2014, and quickly established itself as one of the biggest new blockbusters in recent years, breaking 14 New Amsterdam Theatre house records. Worldwide, it has welcomed more than 14 million people, and can be seen currently on Broadway, in Tokyo, the Netherlands, Mexico City, and Stuttgart.
Produced by Disney Theatrical Productions, the show features music by Tony Award and eight-time Oscar Award-winner Alan Menken (“Beauty and the Beast,” “Newsies,” “Sister Act”), lyrics by two-time Oscar Award-winner Howard Ashman (“Beauty and the Beast,” “The Little Mermaid”), three-time Tony Award and three-time Oscar Award-winner Tim Rice (“Evita,” “Aida”), and six-time Tony Award-nominee Chad Beguelin (“The Wedding Singer”), with a book by Beguelin, and is directed and choreographed by Tony Award-winner Casey Nicholaw (“The Book of Mormon”).
“Aladdin,” adapted from the animated Disney film and centuries-old folktales including “One Thousand and One Nights,” is brought to fresh theatrical life in this bold new musical. “Aladdin’s” journey sweeps audiences into an exotic world of daring adventure, classic comedy, and timeless romance. This new production features a full score, including the five songs from the Academy Award-winning soundtrack, and more written especially for the stage.
The animated film “Aladdin” was released by Disney in 1992 and was a critical and box office smash, becoming the highest-grossing film of the year.
The film won the Oscar for Best Original Score and introduced the hit song “A Whole New World,” which won the second of the film’s two Academy Awards as Best Original Song. The Peabo Bryson/Regina Belle recording of the tune soared to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
“Aladdin” is designed by seven-time Tony Award-winning scenic designer Bob Crowley, six-time Tony Award-winning lighting designer Natasha Katz, two-time Tony Award-winning costume designer Gregg Barnes, and sound designer Ken Travis.
The production team also includes illusion designer Jim Steinmeyer, hair designer Josh Marquette, and makeup designer Milagros Medina-Cerdeira. The music team is headed by music supervisor and music director Michael Kosarin, who also created the vocal and incidental music arrangements, joined by orchestrator Danny Troob, and dance music arranger Glen Kelly. Anne Quart serves as co-producer.