Broadway’s ‘Aladdin’ Cast Honors Educators in a Unique Singalong

Shoba Narayan as Princess Jasmine. Broadway's 'Aladdin' also stars Michael Maliakel as Aladdin and Prince Ali, Don Darryl Rivera as Iago, Michael James Scott as the Genie, and Dennis Stowe as the Disney villain Jafar. Credit: Aladdin Instagram

Broadway fans or musical theater fans are probably already familiar with the Disney Broadway shows Frozen, The Lion King, and Aladdin, which are all based on their respective animated Disney movies. Ever since the Broadway shows made their emotionally-moving returns to the stage after the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the shows have continued to face COVID-19 obstacles like canceled performances due to positive cases within the Broadway shows’ companies.


Michael Maliakel as Aladdin, Michael James Scott as the Genie, and Shoba Narayan as Princess Jasmine. Credit:

Frozen has experienced show cancellations due to COVID, and Aladdin has unfortunately faced multiple show cancellations and has been forced to extend canceled performances due to the virus. But once again, Aladdin has returned triumphantly to its performances — and this weekend, in honor of educators in the audience and “educator appreciation night”, the cast of the hit Broadway musical led a special singalong preceded by a heartfelt speech from Michael James Scott (who plays the Genie)!


Michael Maliakel as Aladdin and Shoba Narayan as Princess Jasmine. Credit: Aladdin on Broadway Instagram

“Last night was educator appreciation night here at The New Amsterdam, and we couldn’t have been more proud to have a chance to honor those who have the powerful responsibility of guiding and inspiring others”, the official Aladdin Instagram page said when posting the singalong video.

In keeping with his Genie persona from the Broadway show, Michael James Scott led the way in the singalong and prefaced it by saying that “we [the cast] all have special places for teachers [and] educators in our hearts”.


The cast also requested that audience members share footage of the singalong on their social media (temporarily forgoing the usually no-phones and no-recording rules for Broadway performances) and that the audience members use the hashtag #BroadwayIsOpen while sharing the footage from the night.

The singalong after the performance of the hit Broadway musical featured “an iconic song” by Frank Sinatra that many will recognize, called “New York, New York”, to suit the New Amsterdam Theater where the show was being held in New York City.


Credit: D23

Have you seen any Disney shows on Broadway? Which hit Broadway musical would you rather have Broadway tickets to see: Frozen, Aladdin, or The Lion King?

About Sharon

Sharon is a writer and animal lover from New England. Sharon's two main focuses in her work are Disney's correlations with pop culture and the significance of Disney princesses (which was the basis for her college thesis). When she's not writing about Disney, Sharon spends her time singing, dancing, and cavorting with woodland creatures!

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