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Originally published Thursday, January 13, 2011 at 5:07 PM

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Dates set for world premiere of Disney's 'Aladdin' at 5th Avenue

The world premiere of the stage version of Disney's hit animated film "Aladdin" will be July 7-31, 2011, at Seattle's 5th Avenue Theatre.

Seattle Times theater critic

The stage version of the Disney animated musical "Aladdin" will have its world-premiere run at the 5th Avenue Theatre July 7-31 in Seattle.

The show will feature the hit 1992 film's Academy Award-honored musical score by Alan Menken, Howard Ashman and Tim Rice, and a cast and creative team drawn from Seattle and Broadway.

Set to direct and choreograph is Casey Nicholaw, the director-choreographer of the Broadway musicals "The Drowsy Chaperone" and the recent "Elf: The Broadway Musical." Nicholaw has also choreographed "My Fair Lady" and "The Prince and the Pauper" at 5th Avenue.

The 5th Avenue describes "Aladdin" as "a loving homage to the Hope-Crosby road pictures with a score invoking the jazz sound of stars like Cab Calloway and Fats Waller." Some songs from the original score that did not wind up in the movie will be included in the stage production.

Other Broadway veterans set to participate in the show are set designer Anna Louizos, costume designer Gregg Barnes and lighting designer Natasha Katz.

"Aladdin" will replace a planned revival of "Oklahoma!" in the 5th Avenue's current season. The theater plans to move its production of "Oklahoma!" to the 2011-12 season, with dates to be announced later. Ticket holders for "Oklahoma!" will receive replacement tickets for "Aladdin."

Info: 888-584-4849 or www.5thavenue.org.

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