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Jelani Alladin & James Monroe Iglehart to Star in Off-Broadway Adaptation of 'Hercules'

The lead roles for the upcoming Off-Broadway musical adaption of Disney’s Hercules have been revealed!

The Public Theater announced that Hercules will be played by Jelani Alladin – who originated the role of Kristoff in the Broadway production of Frozen.

James Monroe Iglehart – who won a Tony Award for playing the Genie in Aladdin – will be playing the sarcastic satyr Phil.

Spring Awakening‘s Krysta Rodriguez will play Meg, while Roger Bart – who provided the singing voice of young Hercules in the 1997 animated film – will play Hades.

The Hercules musical will be directed by Lear deBessonett and will be presented by a special arrangement with Disney Theatrical Productions. The show will be playing a free run from August 31 to September 8 at the Public Theater’s Delacorte Theater in Central Park.

Lin-Manuel Miranda's 'Freestyle Love Supreme' is Headed to Broadway

Lin-Manuel Miranda‘s “Freestyle Love Supreme” is coming to Broadway!

The 39-year-old composer and his improvisational hip-hop group will start a 16-week run from September to January at Booth Theater, Playbill reports.

Lin-Manuel will co-produce and make surprise appearances in the show.

Other occasional performers include Christopher Jackson, James Monroe Iglehart, Wayne Brady, and Daveed Diggs. The core cast includes Andrew Bancroft, Arthur Lewis, Bill Sherman, Chris Sullivan, Anthony Veneziale, and Utkarsh Ambudkar.

The musical, which has already had a sold-out run downtown this year, will start previews on September 13 and open on October 2.

“Fifteen years ago, when ‘Freestyle Love Supreme’ was first developed, the idea of bringing our little improv show to Broadway seemed completely out of the realm of possibility,” Lin-Manuel Miranda and Thomas Kail said in a statement. “But it is out of that improbability that FLS has found this new home, thanks to legions of loyal fans—first at Ars Nova, at various festivals around the world, then with one-off shows, and most recently with our off-Broadway run last winter. We’ve had many of our happiest and most fulfilling creative moments working on FLS and are excited to see its next chapter unfold at the Booth Theatre. It is a show that consistently surprises us: we have no idea what to expect any time we do it— and isn’t that the true beauty of live theater? ‘Freestyle Love Supreme’ wouldn’t want or have it any other way!”

Tickets go on sale to the general public on July 9.

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Heidi Blickenstaff Gets Support from Broadway Community at 'Freaky Friday' Premiere!

Heidi Blickenstaff and co-star Cozi Zuehlsdorff sandwich in Tony-nominated actress Jenn Colella on the red carpet at the Freaky Friday premiere on Monday (July 30) in New York City.

Heidi is a Broadway veteran and she got a lot of support from the theatre community at the premiere!

In addition to Jenn, some of the Broadway stars in attendance included Wicked‘s Julia Murney, Mean GirlsTaylor Louderman and Kyle Selig, Frozen‘s Patti Murin and Jelani Alladin, Aladdin‘s James Monroe Iglehart, and Something Rotten‘s John Cariani. Orange Is the New Black actress Dascha Polanco was also there!

The musical adaptation of Freaky Friday will be airing on Disney Channel on Friday, August 10 at 8pm!

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Heidi Klum Enjoys a Night Out at Broadway's 'Aladdin'

Heidi Klum poses backstage with the cast of Disney’s Aladdin The Musical on Broadway at the New Amsterdam Theatre on Saturday evening (June 27) in New York City.

The 42-year-old actress was joined by actors Trent Saunders, Courtney Reed, and James Monroe Iglehart.

“Just watched Aladdin on Broadway !!!! Sooooooo great 😄’🏼’ Thank you,” Heidi later tweeted.

In case you missed it, James and the cast recently hosted a sing-off with the Lion King cast during an airport delay.

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'The Lion King' & 'Aladdin' Broadway Casts Host Sing-Off During Airport Delay - Watch Now!

The casts of Broadway’s The Lion King and Aladdin gave fellow travelers at LaGuardia Airport quite the impromptu show on Sunday (May 31) in New York City.

This video of castmembers breaking out into song during a reportedly six-hour flight delay has started to go viral.

After a beautiful rendition of “Circle of Life” by Gugwana Dlamini (Rifiki) and The Lion King ensemble, Tony winner James Monroe Iglehart busted out a freestyle rap about Aladdin and his character Genie.

Watch the airport performance below!


The Lion King & Aladdin Airport Sing-Off

Award Winner James Monroe Iglehart Brings the House Down with Aladdin's 'Friend Like Me' at Tony Awards 2014 (Video)

James Monroe Iglehart brings the house down with his performance of “Friend Like Me” during the 2014 Tony Awards on Sunday evening (June 8) at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

The actor, who plays the Genie in the musical, was joined on stage by Adam Jacobs, who plays the title character, along with the supporting cast.

Later in the evening, James won the Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical for his work in the show. Congrats, James!

Check out the performance below.


‘Friend Like Me’ at Tony Awards 2014

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