The genie is out of the bottle…and coming to a city near you. Disney Theatrical Productions announced Tuesday that the Broadway musical Aladdin will launch its first North American tour in 2017. The production will kick off in Chicago for a 12-week run at the Cadillac Palace Theatre on April 11 and run through July 2. Future performances as well as casting will be announced at a later date.
“We have had the great privilege of entertaining more than one million people in New York City with Casey Nicholaw’s glorious production,” Thomas Schumacher, President and Producer, Disney Theatrical Productions, said in a press release. “I am delighted that audiences in Chicago and throughout North America will soon have the opportunity to experience Aladdin in their own backyards.”
Based on the classic Disney film, the show, which opened in 2014 and garnered a Tony Award for Genie actor James Monroe Iglehart, has seen international productions in Tokyo and Hamburg but Chicago will be the first North American city where Aladdin will play outside of New York. (Another accolade the city can add to its resume — it will also receive the first Hamilton production outside of New York later this year.)