Tuesday, 13 June 2017
London's Aladdin to Open West End Live
Last year Aladdin didn't have much of a presence at West End Live. This was understandable though as the show had literally just opened earlier in the week. The fact that we got Trevor Dion Nicholas giving a tease of Friend Like Me was more than enough.
What a difference a year makes.
This year the cast of Aladdin aren't just taking part in West End Live. They're opening it!
Friend Like Me seems like a natural fit to open the event (especially after Trev's little tease last year) but I'm hoping we get Matthew Croke's rendition of Proud of Your Boy as well. That's something I'm really looking forward to hearing.
West End Live 2017 will take place on 24th & 25th June with a jam packed schedule showcasing the very best the West End has to offer for free in London's Trafalgar Square. Kicking off at 11:00 on Saturday (Gates open 10:30) and 12:00 on Sunday (Gates 11:30) make sure you get there early as this is a popular event and I speak from experience when I say the queues can be long (I watched Trev from the queue last year).
But the Aladdin cast's 15 minute opening segment on Saturday isn't the only time the stars of Agrabah will take to the stage next weekend. On Sunday you can see Aladdin stars past and present in their own solo segments;
16:05 - Trevor Dion Nicolas & Neighbourhood Goliath (West End's incredible Genie & his band)
16:20 - Marisha Wallace (original Broadway cast, currently slaying it in Dreamgirls)
16:35 - Nathan Amzi (original London cast)
I definitely need to try and get back to London for this!