Disney loves to turn its movies into musicals, which is exactly the formula that led to Aladdin The Musical’s creation in 2011. Aladdin has a permanent home on Broadway at the New Amsterdam Theatre, the venue it has been at since 2014. There is also a North American touring version of the show, a tour with dates booked out well into 2024 already, a sign of the musical’s enduring appeal.
Aladdin has been a smash hit on Broadway. As of August 2022, it had made over $500 million and was the 10th highest-grossing Broadway production of all time. The 1992 film on which it is based was a real sweet spot for Disney, with 1994s The Lion King being perhaps the best known – and best received – musical of the last 50 years.
The US tour originally ran from 2017, when it debuted in Chicago, until 2020, when it was canceled by the pandemic. Calls for the tour to get back on the road saw it revived in 2022, with this version of the tour hitting at least 36 cities, many of which have never staged Aladdin as a musical.