NEW YORK (AP) — When he was a kid, James Monroe Iglehart wished to be a Disney character. When he was 17, he wanted to be the Genie in "Aladdin." Now at 39, he's getting all his wishes.
Disney Theatrical Productions on Monday announced the full Broadway-bound cast of the new musical, with Iglehart in the role made famous by Robin Williams, who lent his manic voice to the big blue Genie in the 1992 animated version of "Aladdin."
Says Iglehart: "It took three wishes from the time I was 4 to 39. I can't wait."
The show will feature a 34-member cast, new songs by Alan Menken and magic tricks. It will first be staged in Toronto this November until Jan. 5, before it rides a magic carpet to Broadway's New Amsterdam Theatre.