Aladdin in New York Details
On the iconic stage of the New Amsterdam Theatre in New York, NY, Aladdin the musical is making magic and shows no signs of stopping anytime soon. Based on the 1992 animated classic of the same name, Aladdin takes the best of the beloved movie and makes it soar to new and exciting heights. One of the most notable changes fans of the original movie soundtrack will be delighted to hear is the addition of “Proud of Your Boy,” which didn’t make the original movie soundtrack. Heartfelt and poignant, it was songwriter Howard Ashman’s favorite and arguably one of the best songs on the original album. In addition to bringing back a few of the songs cut in the 1992 original, Aladdin the musical features some original songs by Chad Beguelin (The Prom and The Wedding Singer). The lyrics of the original songs have also been updated to reflect modern times and better represent the colorful culture that serves as the backdrop of the love story between Princess Jasmine and Aladdin. But one big thing that will always remain the same is the comedic genius of Genie, who often steals the show and helps Aladdin discover that all the wishes in the world can’t change what’s meant to be. Aladdin has played in New York at the New Amsterdam Theatre since it opened on Broadway in 2014.
Built in October of 1903, the New Amsterdam Theatre was designed by architectural firm Herts & Tallant. The theatre can hold more than 1,700 patrons and is more than one hundred years old. One of the oldest surviving Broadway venues, it was designated as a New York City Landmark in 1979 and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1980. The building was converted to a movie theatre in the late 1930s, then set to be returned to its original purpose in the early 1980s. After struggling to get the old building to meet modern safety codes, the building was closed and the project abandoned until Disney acquired the leasing rights in 1995. Between 1995 and 1997, the New Amsterdam Theatre was renovated to be the flagship venue for Disney’s Broadway adaptations. First The Lion King (1997-2006) and Mary Poppins (2006-2014), and now Aladdin have called the New Amsterdam Theatre its Broadway home until the next Disney hit takes the Broadway stage.
Aladdin has been nominated for dozens of awards, winning quite a few. Among the awards Aladdin brought home were the Tony Award for Best Performance by a featured Actor in a Musical (James Monroe Iglehart, 2014), WhatOnStage Award for Best Costume Design (2017), and The Mousetrap Award for Jaw-dropping Set Design (2017).
How much does it cost to see Aladdin in New York?
Tickets to see Aladdin in New York are around $146 per person, though this can vary depending on the seating section.
Aladdin in New York dates
Aladdin opened on Broadway at the New Amsterdam Theatre in 2014 and has no set closing date at this time. There are shows Tuesday through Thursday at 7 p.m. with an additional matinee on Wednesday at 1 p.m. Saturday shows at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., and Sunday shows at 3 p.m.