‘Aladdin’, one of the nominees for Best Musical at the 2014 Tony Awards, brought down the house at the Radio City Music Hall on June 8 — read on for all the details!
In one of the most spectacular performances in an evening of truly stellar entertainment, the Broadway cast of Aladdin took the stage on June 8 for the 68th annual Tony Awards to perform the total classic “Friend Like Me,” performed by Adam Jacobs as Aladdin and James Monroe Iglehart as the Genie. Details below and click to watch the video of the performance!
2014 Tony Awards: ‘Aladdin’ Cast Perform ‘Friend Like Me’
“Friend Like Me” is easily the best choice of any of the songs they could have performed on the Radio City Music Hall stage. While “A Whole New World” would have been lovely, of course, this was the kind of bombastic performance perfectly fit for live television.
The ensemble cast was amazing as they did flips in the air, tap danced their heart out, and more, as Genie continued to ask Aladdin, “Can your friends do this?” I’ve never had a friend like Genie, either — where do I sign up?
The Genie then slowed it down like they were indeed going to start singing “A Whole New World,” but then went into The Beauty And The Beast‘s “Tale As Old As Time,” and The Little Mermaid‘s “Part Of Your World” and “Under The Sea,” before getting back into “Friend Like Me.” It was a perfectly silly performance which echoed the 1992 animated film we all know and love.
‘Aladdin’ Opened On Broadway In March 2014; Has Been Receiving Rave Reviews
Aladdin, in case you weren’t aware and your childhood was a real bummer, is the story of a “street rat” who discovers a Genie in a lamp who grants him three wishes — not long after the Genie sings “Friend Like Me.” Aladdin wishes to become a prince in order to win the heart of Princess Jasmine of Agrabah, while the Sultan’s evil advisor, Jafar, plots to steal the lamp — and the throne.
Aladdin opened for previews in February to initially mixed reviews, but upon its official Broadway debut on March 20, it has been receiving primarily huge praise. In fact, later in the evening, James Monroe Ilgehart won the award for Featured Actor In A Musical for his role as Genie in Aladdin. He totally deserved it!
So, HollywoodLifers, what did you think of “Friend Like Me” at the Tonys? The best? OR, the best? Let us know! And stay tuned — we’ll pop in a video of the performance as soon as it becomes available!
— Amanda Michelle Steiner