DISNEY’S smash hit musical Aladdin is coming to Bradford on its first ever UK tour, the T&A exclusively reveals.

The critically acclaimed Broadway and West End show is based on the 1992 animated film, with new songs by Tony, Olivier, Grammy, Emmy and eight-time Oscar winner Alan Menken.

The thrilling production, filled with magic, comedy and breathtaking spectacle - “where one lamp and three wishes make the possibilities infinite” - has been seen by more than 14 million people worldwide.

Thomas Schumacher, President and Producer of Disney Theatrical Productions, said: “As Aladdin approaches its second decade onstage, we are thrilled that the 11th production of the glorious Broadway show will soon be seen by audiences throughout the UK and Ireland. Thanks to Casey Nicholaw’s direction, Alan Menken’s music and the peerless design team of Bob Crowley, Natasha Katz and Gregg Barnes, this show is a powerful tonic, an irresistible lift for every audience who sees it.”

He added: “The musical theatre performers in the UK and Ireland rival any on the planet and we look forward to presenting the best of them in this joyous new production.”

The show stars Yeukayi Ushe as Genie and introduces Gavin Adams as Aladdin. A recent graduate of the Royal Academy of Music, Gavin will be making his professional debut in the title role. Also a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music, Desmonda Cathabel plays Jasmine.

Said Yeukayi: “I remember when I first watched Disney’s animated feature of Aladdin as a child, singing along to those timeless songs and watching in awe at the comedic stylings of Robin Williams. Now I get to take that brilliant, bold and beloved Genie envisaged by such brilliant creators and bring him to life in this spectacular, all singing, all dancing live stage version.”

Added Gavin: “I’m delighted to be making my theatrical debut in such an iconic role, a real diamond in the rough whose aspirations and heart make him a true loveable hero. Come and join us on this magic carpet ride!”

Based on the 1992 film, and centuries-old folk tales, the show is the story of Aladdin, an Arabian street urchin who finds a magic lamp containing a genie. With Genie’s help, Aladdin disguises himself as a wealthy prince and tries to impress the Sultan, to get closer to his daughter, Princess Jasmine. But he falls victim to a plot to steal the magic lamp.

Since opening on Broadway in 2014, nine productions of Aladdin have launched around the world, including more than 1,200 performances at the Prince Edward Theatre in London’s West End.

* Aladdin will run at the Alhambra from August 14 to September 1, 2024. Tickets go on sale from 10am on Friday, October 27 at bradford-theatres.co.uk or (01274) 432000.