Aladdin the musical has set out on its US Tour just in time for the release of the live action movie of the same name. 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. Ashman passed away in 1991 before Aladdin was complete. It seems only fitting that the adaptation should bring the song back to the story, giving the title character a depth and backstory that was missing from the original film. 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). Now the Broadway success is hitting the road and bringing a new twist to an old favorite.
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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 Washington, DC?
The average resale price for a ticket to see Aladdin in Washington, D.C. is about $146 per person.