The stage adaption of Disney’s 1992 animated film ALADDIN transferred from Broadway to London’s West End at Soho’s Prince Edward Theatre last month. Joining British stars Dean John-Wilson as Aladdin and Jade Ewen as Jasmine was Trevor Dion Nicholas from the New York production as the Genie.
The musical premiered in Seattle in 2011 before opening on Broadway in March 2014 at the New Amsterdam Theatre where it still continues. It was nominated for five Tony Awards.
I left this drawing of the three leads at the theatre with one wish and it was granted… I mean graphed.
British comedian and writer Julian Clary spent the festive period playing the ‘Slave of the Ring’ in ALADDIN at the Birmingham Hippodrome, before he embarks on his latest UK tour THE JOY OF MINCING.
Julian’s career began as ‘Leo Hull’, a fake keyboardist for a band called “Thinkman’, before taking to the alternative comedy scene as Gillian Pieface and ‘The Joan Collins Fan Club’ with his pet ‘Fanny the Wonder Dog.’ Joan Collins issued a cease and desist order to prevent Julian using her name, but they starred together in the 2010/11 panto DICK WHITTINGHTON at the Birmingham Hippodrome and have since become good friends.
Julian said he feels very comfortable in the world of pantomime, “I like dressing up and wearing lots of make-up”. He also said he likes forgetting his lines, “It’s good when things go wrong, then I can improvise my way out of the situation.”
I sent this sketch to Julian during the run, which he signed and returned.
Josephine Grace ‘Jo’ Brand is one of the UK’s best comics. The Observer listed her as one of the 50 funniest acts in British comedy. She made her panto debut last month in the New Wimbledon’s production of Aladdin as the Genie of the Ring.
Jo won a BAFTA award for her role as Kim Wilde in the BBC sitcom Getting On, set in a hospital’s geriatric ward, inspired by her earlier career as a psychiatric nurse. Jo also wrote with other core cast members Joanna Scanlan and Vicki Pepperdire winning the Writer’s Guild Award for Best Comedy in 2010.
She describes her genie appearance as “Julian Clary on steroids.”