Sunday, 10 December 2017

Arielle Jacobs is Broadway's Princess Jasmine!!!

Arielle Jacobs as Princess Jasmine, Photo by Deen Van Meer

Arielle Jacobs is Broadway's new Princess Jasmine!

After originating the role in the Australian production, Arielle is all set to join the Broadway company of Aladdin on 20th February next year following the departure of Courtney Reed.

Honestly, I think this is one of the best cast replacements Disney Theatrical have ever done.  I seriously can't think of anyone I would rather see take over the role and I hope she has a long and magical run with the show.  Welcome back to Agrabah, Arielle!

Courtney Reed to Fly Beyond These Palace Walls in 2018

Courtney Reed as Jasmine, Photo by Angelo Soriano
To paraphrase the Sultan, "I always knew this day would come. Now I'm afraid that it has come all too soon."

Aladdin is saying goodbye to an original cast member next month as Courtney Reed will play her final Broadway performance on Wednesday January 10th.

But just because Broadway is saying goodbye to Courtney next month doesn't mean she's saying goodbye to Jasmine just yet as she's heading to LA to spend her final weeks with Jasmine on tour with her original Aladdin!!


Adam Jacobs & Courtney Reed, Photo by Disney
Yes, Adam and Courtney will be reunited on the magic carpet one last time as she joins the touring cast in Los Angeles for her final month from January 13th - February 18th!

Courtney and Adam have played these iconic characters with each other since the early work shops in 2010 right through to earlier this year when Adam left the Broadway cast to headline the National Tour so as heart broken as I am to see Courtney leaving the show, I'm overjoyed to learn that she'll be spending her final weeks as Jasmine with Adam on the tour.  It just feels right that she ends her run with him after all these years.

But that's not all!  Joining Adam and Courtney in LA will be none other than Michael James Scott!  Fresh off his incredible run as Australia's Genie, Michael is all set to join his original co-stars as Genie!  Talk about a reunion!  Michael will be with the tour for the entire Los Angeles run from 10th January through 31st March.

Whilst Courtney is reuniting with Adam in Los Angeles, Isabelle McCalla will be making her Broadway debut as Jasmine from 17th January through to 18th February before returning to the National Tour.


Courtney, I wish you all the very best for your final months as Jasmine.  I hope you've loved playing her as I have seeing you bring her to life.  I can't wait to see what the future holds for you as you fly beyond these palace walls.

Sunday, 26 November 2017

25 Years of Magic!


Has it really been 25 years?  "Look at me from the side, do I look different to you?" ;)

It's hard to believe but yesterday marks 25 years since Aladdin debut in cinemas!  Yes, Aladdin is 25 years young (and I feel really old!) and the casts of Aladdin have been celebrating around the world!

In London the cast of the West End production sat down to watch the movie that started it all;



Whilst in New York Oh My Disney went to see the show on Broadway and took the opportunity to watch the film with the one and only Jonathan Freeman;



And cast past and present took to social media to celebrate the film's anniversary;




It's not just the musical cast who are celebrating!  Mena Massoud, star of the upcoming live action movie, took time out from shooting to re-watch the animated classic!


If you're not following Mena on social media then you definitely should be!  He's be posting some fantastic pictures and videos whilst making the movie, including some absolutely breath taking views from when they were shooting on location in Jordan.  This film is going to look stunning!

And, of course, the ones who started it all!!



Happy anniversary Aladdin!  Here's to the next 25 magical years!

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Next Stop - San Francisco!

Adam Jacobs & Isabelle McCalla as Aladdin & Jasmine, Photo by Deen Van Meer
Following a magical Seattle homecoming, Aladdin's magic carpet ride across America continues as the National Tour opens at San Francisco's SHN Orpheum Theatre tonight!

After a few short stops the show is settling in for a good long run in the City by the Bay, playing tonight through to January 7th 2018!  Tickets are on sale right here so make sure you grab yours now for a magical treat this holiday season!

Here's wishing everyone involved a incredible debut tonight! Make some magic guys!

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Adam & Arielle bring Sibling Disobedience to San Francisco!


The Jacobs siblings are taking over the Bay!

Fresh off his star performance in the first national tour of Aladdin, Adam Jacobs is returning home to San Francisco and he's bringing his sister Arielle, fresh off her own star turn as Australia's Jasmine, with him as they present Sibling Disobedience at the Bay Area Cabaret!

You've seen them both on Broadway and both in Aladdin (just on different continents), now see them both in a more intimate environment as they take you on their journey from the Bay to Broadway and back again in this special homecoming concert.

Tickets are on sale now and you can even buy a meet and greet and photo op with the stars.  Make sure you don't miss this!

Updated - This concert is in San Francisco not Chicago (Oops! Sorry everyone!)

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Don Darryl Rivera Wins Gregory Award!


Well this is awesome!  Massive congratulations to Don Darryl Rivera who won a Gregory Award last night for his portrayal of Sancho in 5th Avenue's Man of La Mancha!!

And of course the award comes as Don Darryl is back home in Seattle with Aladdin at the Paramount Theatre, where you can catch him in all his evil sidekick glory until this Sunday!  You can still get tickets right here so make sure you catch him before he returns to Broadway!

Congratulations again DDR!  So happy for you and very much deserved!  You rock!!

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Vote for Aladdin's Matt Croke in the Broadway World Awards!

Matthew Croke as Aladdin, Photo by Johan Persson

Voting is now open for the 2017 Broadway World UK West End Awards and London's new Aladdin Matthew Croke has been nominated as Best Performer (Male) in a Long Running Show!!  I say new, Matt's been Aladdin since June, I just still need to see the show again!

He's going to need some help to beat long running favourites like Les Mis and Phantom so please get voting everyone!  And congratulations Matthew on this incredible achievement!!

Cast your vote right here!

There's also an Aladdin alumni up for an award as Marisha Wallace is up for an incredibly well deserved Best Performance by an Understudy/Alternate for Dreamgirls (which Director Casey Nicholaw and Costume Designer Gregg Barnes are also nominated for).

If you need any convincing that these two deserve these awards then check out their incredible performances from London's West End Live earlier this year!





Let's get voting!!