Interview With TONY winner James Monroe Iglehart and Adam Jacobs, Stars of Aladdin on Broadway–DD012

disney aladdin on broadway james monroe igelhart and adam jacobsJoin James Monroe Iglehart and Adam Jacobs, the stars of Disney’s Aladdin on Broadway. James plays the iconic role of the Genie and Adam plays the title character of Aladdin.

We talk all about the new production of Aladdin that is in New York and also geek out about the Disney company and the classic Disney movies.

Did you know that Alan Menken wrote a new song specifically for the Aladdin show that plays daily only in Disney California Adventure? “To Be Free” was completely written for the new musical version of the show that opened in 2003.

The information below is all based off of the podcast audio. Be sure to listen for the full experience.

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More Specifically, In This Episode You’ll Hear:

James Monroe Iglehart:

  • Finally getting the role of Genie
  • Playing a part on Broadway
  • The tattoo that he got for this 30th birthday
  • Why he was a terrible Borders employee
  • James’ lucky Genie jersey that helped him through every first rehearsal
  • His favorite Disney character
  • Being featured in the D23 Magazine and not even knowing it
  • Giving away an Aulani vacation after trying to win it for himself
  • Hectic daily schedule
  • Why you can’t eat Chipotle in Midtown
  • Challenging Bob Iger to the Ice Bucket Challenge
  • And so much more…

Adam Jacobs:

  • Playing Simba in Lion King
  • Long audition process for Disney on Broadway
  • Starring in touring cast of Les Miserables
  • Taking time off to get married and have kids
  • Auditioning for Aladdin
  • Experience of traveling with small productions
  • Making it into the the big leagues with Aladdin
  • And so much more…

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Jasmine "To Be Free" Photo Copyright Kent Freeman

Jasmine “To Be Free” Photo Copyright Kent Freeman

“To Be Free” was written by Alan Menken specifically for the Aladdin–A Musical Spectacular attraction in Disney California Adventure. (Listen to the full song on the podcast.)

Resources and Items Mentioned in This Episode:

James Monroe Iglehart Interview:

  1. D23 Magazine Featuring Him– Photo of the photo of James in the article
  2. Tony Acceptance Speech– James won the TONY for best performance of an actor in a featured role
  3. Giving Away Aulani Hawaii Resort Vacation to Random Audience Members
  4. ALS Ice Bucket Challenge:
    1. The cast of Aladdin challenges
    2. Alan Menken and Thomas Schumacher respond
  5. His personal media accounts:
    1. Twitter
    2. Instagram
    3. Website

Adam Jacobs Interview:

  1. Made For TV Movie of Cinderella– This is the version of Cinderella that Adam Jacobs toured the country playing Prince Alexander (Charming).
  2. Hershey Park– Theme park where Adam Jacobs worked before coming to Broadway and getting cast in the touring company of Les Miserables.
  3. His personal media accounts:
    1. Twitter
    2. Instagram
    3. Website

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