By Micaela Cummings

Disney's Aladdin is almost here! Before you see it, brush up on a few fun facts about this new production!

Creative Team

Aladdin is the collaboration of a gold-standard Broadway creative team, winners of a cumulative 20 Tony Awards.

  • Directed & Choreographed by Tony Award winner Casey Nicholaw (The Book of Mormon, Spamalot, The Drowsy Chaperone).
  • Music by Tony Award, eight-time Academy Award and 11-time GRAMMY Award winner Alan Menken (The Little Mermaid, Beauty & the Beast, Newsies).
  • Lyrics by two-time Academy Award and four-time GRAMMY Award winner Howard Ashman (The Little Mermaid, Beauty & the Beast) & three-time Tony Award, three-time Academy Award and five-time GRAMMY Award winner Tim Rice (Aida, The Lion King).
  • Book & Additional Lyrics by four-time Tony Award nominee Chad Beguelin (The Wedding Singer).
  • Scenic Design by seven-time Tony Award winner Bob Crowley (Mary Poppins, Aida).
  • Lighting Design by: six-time Tony Award winner Natasha Katz (Aida, Once).
  • Costume Design by two-time Tony Award winner Gregg Barnes (The Drowsy Chaperone).

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Alan Menken and Chad Beguelin

Aladdin features:

  • An outstanding score including all five songs from the original animated film.
  • Characters known and loved worldwide.
  • First class creative team.
  • Unparalleled stagecraft from Disney.

Physical production

  • Lush and spectacular scenic design by Bob Crowley.
  • Subtle and sophisticated illusions executed to jaw-dropping effect.

About the Animated Film

  • Aladdin was the highest-grossing film of 1992. 
  • It went on to win 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.

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Friend Like Me Aladdin North American Tour. Photo by Deen van Meer.


  • First performance February 26 and opening night March 20, 2014 at the New Amsterdam Theatre.

North American Tour

  • First performance April 11 and opening night April 19, 2017 at The Cadillac Palace Theatre in Chicago.

North American Tour Costumes

  • Aladdin’s exquisite costumes are designed by Tony®-winning costume designer Gregg Barnes. It took Barnes six hours to draw and paint one costume sketch.
  • All costumes worn in Aladdin are custom made, by hand, especially for the show.
  • 342 people in 26 different shops worked on the construction of the costumes for Aladdin.
  • There are 2,039 different fabrics and trims used in the show’s costumes. Fabrics are from Morocco, Turkey, India, Uzbekistan, China, Tahiti, Japan, Guatemala, Mexico, France, Italy, England, and Germany.
  • There are 337 costumes in the show, based on 134 individual designs. 
  • There are 161 custom made shoes in the show.
  • 102 costume changes take place in less than 1 minute.
  • 52 costume changes take place in less than 30 seconds.
  • There are 8,644 Swarovski rhinestones on each man's gold finale costume in "Friend Like Me."
  • Jasmine's wedding dress weighs 12 lbs because of all the crystal beading.

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Prince Ali Aladdin North American Tour. Photo by Deen van Meer.

North American Tour Tech

  • There are 84 special effects, including live pyrotechnics, in every show.
  • There are over 111 moving lights and 173 conventional lights employed throughout the show.
  • There are 38 tons of flying scenery, lighting and automated effects suspended from the grid in the North American tour. 
  • There are 53 different automated scenic effects in the touring production.
  • It takes 75 people to deliver each performance of Aladdin on tour. This includes actors, stage crew, musicians, dressers, hairstylists and make-up artists.

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Adam Jacobs (Aladdin) & Isavelle McCalla (Jasmine). Aladdin North American Tour. Photo by Deen van Meer.