2018 - 2019 Field Trips
Disney’s Aladdin draws upon the 1992 animated film—beloved as much for its compelling plot as for Robin Williams’ memorable Genie—and takes it to a heightened level of character-driven theatrical engagement.
An added bonus is that material that had been cut from the movie has been incorporated into the stage production. Under Casey Nicholaw’s direction, new scenes, characters and songs by composer Alan Menken (Newsies), lyricist Tim Rice (The Lion King) and book writer Chad Beguelin (The Wedding Singer) have been added, helping to deepen the nuanced relationships between Aladdin, Princess Jasmine and the Genie.
Adam Jacobs, who played Aladdin on Broadway, will reprise his role in the national tour. “The story is a romance between Aladdin and Jasmine, but it’s also a bromance between Aladdin and the Genie,” says Jacobs, who grew up in Half Moon Bay and studied at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. “It’s a journey of self-discovery and self-realization, and I think it speaks to people of all ages.”
From the 1985 film directed by Steven Spielberg to the 2005 Broadway production, Alice Walker’s 1983 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel has been adapted numerous times. Now, the current revival takes a strikingly fresh and intimate angle.
Director John Doyle had a clear vision for the revival. “I wanted to go back to the authenticity and honesty of the novel,” he says. “I wanted a no-nonsense, front-porch approach.”
By focusing on the essence of The Color Purple—which tells the story of Celie, a young black woman struggling to overcome obstacles in the early 20th-century American South—Doyle gets right to the emotional heart of Walker’s tale. His interpretation, which opened in London in 2013 and came to Broadway in 2015—has won numerous awards, including the 2016 Tony for Best Musical Revival.
Producer Scott Sanders, who was instrumental in bringing Doyle’s production to Broadway, says the show’s power comes from the emotional resonance it has with audiences. “I don’t know anyone who does not walk out of the theater feeling 2 feet higher,” he says. “It is a triumph-over-adversity story, and people are attracted to stories that make them ‘feel.’”
Oregon Shakespeare Festival
Othello, Sense and Sensibility, Oklahoma!, Romeo and Juliet
Next NYC trip will be Spring Break 2020