Disney's 'Aladdin' to sweep into Broadway

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NEW YORK (AP) — A stage musical of the animated film "Aladdin" is riding a magic carpet to Broadway and the president of Disney Theatrical Productions promises it will be "a full-length, big song musical with big dance numbers."

Thomas Schumacher says the final two-act "Aladdin" will build on the 1992 film blockbuster with new songs by Alan Menken, additional characters and, appropriately, some magic tricks.

"Aladdin" will be directed and choreographed by Tony Award-winner Casey Nicholaw, whose previous hits include "The Book of Mormon" and "The Drowsy Chaperone."

The musical will first be staged in Toronto this November for nine weeks with an eye to bringing it to Broadway's New Amsterdam Theatre in 2014. "Mary Poppins," which is currently in the 1,797-seat New Amsterdam Theatre, ends its six-year run in March.

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