Aladdin dream come true for BGT’s Dean John-Wilson

Jade Ewen & Dean John-Wilson in Disney's Aladdin. Image Helen Maybanks.
Jade Ewen & Dean John-Wilson to star in Disney’s Aladdin. Image Helen Maybanks.

Tickets went on sale this morning for the eagerly anticipated Disney production of Aladdin which flies in to London’s West End next summer with Britain’s Got Talent star Dean John-Wilson in the lead role.

Dean John-Wilson plays Aladdin alongside Jade Ewen as Jasmine in the West End premiere of the new musical based on the magical animated film.

Aladdin opens at the Prince Edward Theatre on June 15, with previews from Friday 27 May, and is initially booking until next October.

Dean and Jade will be joined by Don Gallagher as Jafar, Peter Howe as Iago, Irvine Iqbal as the Sultan, Nathan Amzi as Babkak, Stephen Rahman-Hughes as Kassim and Rachid Sabitri as Omar. As previously announced, Broadway cast member Trevor Dion Nicholas will make his London stage debut as Genie.

Trevor Dion Nicholas as the Genie in Disney's Aladdin

“As we cast this exceptional company, I was impressed again – as I have been many times in the last two decades – by the vast, deep pool of musical theatre talent in London and throughout Britain,” said Thomas Schumacher, president and producer, Disney Theatrical Productions.

“And how gratifying that talent is a microcosm of the country in all its diversity and distinction. I’m so proud this beautiful cast reflects that.”

Dean John-Wilson (Aladdin) has previously appeared in Fatboy Slim and David Byrne’s critically acclaimed musical Here Lies Love (National Theatre), Songs For a New World (St James Theatre), Tim Rice’s original musical From Here to Eternity (Shaftesbury Theatre), Bare (Union Theatre) and the UK tour of Sister Act.

Dean first became known to television audiences for appearing in the semi-finals of the 2008 series of Britain’s Got Talent (ITV).

Trevor Dion Nicholas (Genie) joins the UK cast of Aladdin from the Broadway production. He is known to UK audiences on screen in The Americans.

Jade Ewen (Jasmine) made her professional stage debut in Disney’s The Lion King as Young Nala at the Lyeum Theatre in London and has since gone on to star in In The Heights (King’s Cross Theatre), Porgy and Bess (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), Whistle Down The Wind (Aldywch Theatre) and Tonight’s The Night (UK Tour).

Jade was a member of the Sugababes since 2009 with seven albums reaching the UK’s Top Ten Album Chart. She also represented the UK in the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest.

Don Gallagher (Jafar) is an acclaimed theatre actor whose previous stage credits include Priscilla Queen of the Desert (Palace Theatre), The Producers (Theatre Royal Drury Lane), Sweeney Todd (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Henry IV Part 1 & 2, Painter of Dishonour, Richard III, The Winter’s Tale (all Royal Shakespeare Company) and Les Miserables (Queen’s Theatre).

The full cast includes: Arran Anzani-Jones, Miles Barrow, Albey Brookes, Lauren Chia, Bianca Cordice, Leon Craig, Daniel de Bourg, Seng Henk Goh, Melanie Elizabeth, Kade Ferraiolo, Michelle Chantelle Hopewell, Fred Johanson, Mitch Leow, Oliver Lidert, Thierry Picaut, Alex Pinder, Briony Scarlett, Kyle Seeley, Sadie-Jean Shirley, Ricardo Spriggs, Katie Singh, Dawnita Smith, Marsha Songcome, Kayleigh Thadani and Jermaine Woods.

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