Jade Ewen, who was part of the English pop group Sugababes, is set to play the role of Jasmine within the upcoming production of ‘Aladdin’ in the West End. The musical is based upon the classic Academy Award-winning animated film and will open at the Prince Edward Theatre in June of 2016.
The 27-year-old has represented the UK in the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest, performing Andrew Lloyd Webber’s ‘It’s My Time’. Ewen achieved fifth place, making her the UK’s most successful act in the last 12 years.
Ewen, who made her professional stage debut in Disney’s ‘The Lion King’ as Young Nala, said she “cant wait” to be challenged within the iconic role. Writing on Twitter on the 23rd of November, Ewen remarked, “It’s official! I can’t wait to be a Disney princess!! Eek!! @AladdinLondon @DeanJohnWilson”.
The production will also feature Dean John-Wilson as Aladdin and the established Broadway star Trevor Dion Nicholas in the role of the larger than life character, Genie.
In October it was announced that the Broadway’s ‘Aladdin’ musical will transfer to London’s West End. ‘Aladdin’ is now in its second record-breaking year on Broadway at the New Amsterdam Theatre where it has been viewed by over a million people, and it will make its European premiere this December at the Stage Theatre Neue Flora in Hamburg, before coming to the UK in June.
The show will feature classic songs from the film as well as new ones, which have been written by Alan Menken, Tim Rice, Howard Ashman and Chad Beguelin.
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