Updated: Nov 10, 2019
Orlando Native Michael James Scott
to reprise his role as Genie for Orlando Engagement
PERFORMANCES JANUARY 22 – FEBRUARY 9, 2020
AT DR. PHILLIPS CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS
ORLANDO, Fla. (September 13, 2019) — The Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts and Disney Theatrical Productions announced today that tickets for the long-awaited Orlando engagement of Disney’s Aladdin go on sale to the public today, Friday, September 13 at 10 a.m. The hit Broadway musical will begin performances in Orlando at the Dr. Phillips Center on Wednesday, January 22 for a limited engagement of three weeks through Sunday, February 9, 2020. The opening night is Thursday, January 23 at 8 p.m.
It was also announced that Orlando native Michael James Scott, who has previously played Genie on Broadway, in London’s West End, on the North American tour and in Australia, where he originated the part and won a Helpmann Award (the Australian version of The Tony Award), will come home to play the iconic role in Orlando. Korie Lee Blossey, the tour’s current Genie, will return to the role following the Orlando engagement.
Scott, a graduate of Dr. Phillips High School, has also appeared in the Broadway productions of
The Book of Mormon, Something Rotten, Hair, All Shook Up, The Pirate Queen, Elf, Mamma Mia and Tarzan. Scott has previously performed in Hair (London), Fosse (International Tour), Jerry Springer: The Opera (Carnegie Hall), Jersey Boys (Las Vegas) and is a member of the critically acclaimed Broadway Boys and the Tony Award®-winning Broadway Inspirational Voices.
“The pride, joy and fierce excitement of having the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to bring this iconic role, in a show I’m so proud to be a part of, back to the city where it all started for me feels like the biggest Disney dream come true,” said Michael James Scott. “I’m the product of Orlando, a city that is a big supporter of the arts and gives young artists the tools and opportunities needed to pursue their dreams. So many people have helped me, and my family, make this dream a reality. I can’t believe I have the chance to come back home to show my beautiful city their return on investment!”
Karen Rugerio, Director of Education Advancement & Outreach at Dr. Phillips Center, remembers working with Michael James Scott at Dr. Phillips High School when she was the director of the theatre magnet program there. “His optimism, energetic attitude and unbelievable theatrical skills made directing him through his high school career a pure joy. That big hearty laugh he brings to the role of Genie was always there!”
“We are thrilled to have Michael James Scott return to Orlando and perform at the Dr. Phillips Center,” said Dr. Phillips Center President and CEO Kathy Ramsberger. “To have him come back to his hometown and share his remarkable talents with this community is such a unique opportunity. We can’t wait to see him take the stage in Disney’s Aladdin.”
HOW TO BUY:
Single tickets go on sale today, Friday, September 13, 2019 at 10 a.m. Tickets may be purchased online at drphillipscenter.org, by calling 844.513.2014 or by visiting the Dr. Phillips Center’s Bill and Mary Darden Box Office at 445 S. Magnolia Avenue, Orlando, FL 32801 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, or 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday. Online and phone ticket purchases are subject to handling fees. Groups of 10 or more contact email@example.com. or 407.455.5550. Additionally, VIP Ticket Packages are available which include a prime seat location, a commemorative souvenir program and an exclusive merchandise item. Prices, shows, artists, dates and times are subject to change at any time without notice.
Ticket buyers are reminded that Dr. Phillips Center is the only official retail ticket outlet for all the Fairwinds Broadway in Orlando performances of Disney’s Aladdin. Guests who purchase tickets from a ticket broker or any third party should be aware that Dr. Phillips Center is unable to reprint or replace lost or stolen tickets and is unable to contact guests with information regarding time changes or other pertinent updates regarding the performance.
Aladdin, the hit musical based on the Academy Award®-winning animated film, opened on Broadway at the New Amsterdam Theatre to critical acclaim on March 20, 2014 and quickly established itself as one of the biggest new blockbusters in recent years, breaking 14 New Amsterdam Theatre house records; worldwide it has welcomed more than 10 million people and grossed over $1 billion. Its global footprint includes productions in Tokyo, Germany and on tour across North America.
Produced by Disney Theatrical Productions, under the direction of Thomas Schumacher, the show features music by Tony Award and eight-time Oscar® winner Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast, Newsies, Sister Act), lyrics by two-time Oscar winner Howard Ashman (Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid), three-time Tony Award and three-time Oscar winner Tim Rice (Evita, Aida) and four-time Tony Award nominee Chad Beguelin (The Wedding Singer), with a book by Beguelin, and is directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Casey Nicholaw (The Book of Mormon).
Aladdin, adapted from the Academy Award®-winning animated Disney film and centuries-old folktales including “One Thousand and One Nights,” is brought to fresh theatrical life in this bold new musical. Aladdin’s journey sweeps audiences into an exotic world of daring adventure, classic comedy and timeless romance. This new production features a full score, including the five cherished songs from the Academy Award-winning soundtrack and more written especially for the stage.
The animated film Aladdin was released by Disney in 1992 and was a critical and box office smash, becoming the highest-grossing film of the year.
The film won the Oscar for Best Original Score and introduced the hit song “A Whole New World,” which won the second of the film’s two Academy Awards as Best Original Song. The Peabo Bryson/Regina Belle recording of the tune soared to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
Aladdin is designed by seven-time Tony-winning scenic designer Bob Crowley, six-time Tony-winning lighting designer Natasha Katz, two-time Tony-winning costume designer Gregg Barnes and sound designer Ken Travis.
The production team also includes illusion designer Jim Steinmeyer, hair designer Josh Marquette and makeup designer Milagros Medina-Cerdeira. The music team is headed by music supervisor and music director Michael Kosarin, who also created the vocal and incidental music arrangements, joined by orchestrator Danny Troob and dance music arranger Glen Kelly.
FAIRWINDS Broadway in Orlando is presented in partnership with Broadway Across America and Florida Theatrical Association. FTA is a non-profit civic organization with a volunteer board of trustees established to ensure the continued presentation of quality touring Broadway productions and the promotion of arts education throughout the state of Florida. For more information, visit FloridaTheatrical.org.
BROADWAY ACROSS AMERICA (BAA) is part of the John Gore Organization family of companies, which includes Broadway.com, The Broadway Channel, BroadwayBox.com and Group Sales Box Office. Led by 14-time Tony-winning theater producer John Gore (Owner & CEO), BAA is the foremost presenter of first-class touring productions in North America, operating in 45 markets with over 400,000 subscribers. Presentations include Disney’s The Lion King, Wicked, The Book of Mormon, The Phantom of the Opera and Hamilton. Current and past productions include Ain’t Too Proud, Beautiful, Cats, Chicago, Dear Evan Hansen, Mean Girls, Moulin Rouge! and To Kill A Mockingbird.
About Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts is a private, not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization operating the state-of-the-art performing arts center in downtown Orlando, Fla. With its opening in November 2014, the arts center has become a gathering place for creativity and discovery, and a vibrant urban destination where artists, audiences and students come to experience, explore and learn. The two-block community destination features the 2,700-seat Walt Disney Theater, 300-seat Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater, Seneff Arts Plaza, Advent Health School of the Arts, the DeVos Family Room and other event rental spaces. Under construction is Steinmetz Hall, a 1,700-seat acoustical theater, along with rehearsal, classroom, office space and commercial development spaces. Dr. Phillips Center collaborates with the City of Orlando, Orange County, the City of Winter Park, the State of Florida and generous donors.