Jade Ewen (Jasmine) and Dean John-Wilson (Aladdin)
Jade Ewen (Jasmine) and Dean John-Wilson (Aladdin)
(© Helen Maybanks)

Casting has been announced for the highly-anticipated Broadway transfer of Disney's Aladdin.

Heading up the cast as Aladdin will be Dean John-Wilson. Since appearing in Britain's Got Talent in 2008, John-Wilson has been seen in the UK tour of Sister Act, Songs For a New World and the National Theatre's critically acclaimed production Here Lies Love.

Starring alongside John-Wilson as Jasmine will be former Sugababe Jade Ewen. Most recently seen in In The Heights, Ewen's many theatre credits include The Lion King and Whistle Down The Wind.

They will be joined by Don Gallagher (Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Sweeney Todd) as Jafar, Peter Howe, originator of the role of Michael Wormwood in Matilda The Musical, as Iago, Irvine Iqbal (Bend It Like Beckham) as Sultan, Nathan Amzi (In The Heights) as Babkak, Rachid Sabitri (Romeo and Juliet) as Omar and Stephen Rahman-Hughes (Rock of Ages UK tour) as Kassim.

The cast will be completed by 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.

As previously announced, Broadway cast member Trevor Dion Nicholas will make his London stage debut as Genie.

Casey Nicholaw directs and choreographs the show, which will replace the revival of Miss Saigon which is due to close on 27 February next year.

The musical features several of the original songs including "Prince Ali", "Friend Like Me" and Rice's and Menken's hit song "A Whole New World" which won the Academy Award for best original song.

President and producer of Disney Theatrical Productions Thomas Schumacher commented: "As we cast this exceptional company, I was impressed... by the vast, deep pool of musical theatre talent in London and throughout Britain 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."

Aladdin will open at the Prince Edward Theatre on Wednesday 15 June 2016, with previews from Friday 27 May.

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