Can your friends do this?
On Sunday, five current and former Genies took to the stage for a magical medley following the matinee performance of the hit Broadway musical Aladdin at the New Amsterdam Theatre in New York City. The special performance featuring Tony Award winner James Monroe Iglehart, current star Michael James Scott, tour Genie Major Attaway, and current Broadway Genie standbys Juwan Crawley and Deonte L. Warren celebrated the musical’s fifth anniversary on the Broadway stage and paid tribute to the show’s most iconic songs, ending with the classic “Friend Like Me.”
Iglehart got things going, asking his fellow genies, “Do you mind if I start this thing off though?” The other genies all offered a resounding “You’re the Tony winner!” by way of approval. The guys then ran through some of the biggest moments from the musical including, “Proud of Your Boy” and “A Whole New World” and Crawley even took a turn as Jasmine hitting the high notes in “These Palace Walls.”
Based on the 1992 Disney animated movie, Aladdin landed his magic carpet on Broadway in 2014 with a book by Chad Beguelin, music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Howard Ashman, Tim Rice, and Beguelin. As well as using songs from the original movie, the stage show adds new original tracks and resurrects a couple that were written for the movie but never used.