Aladdin, the hit musical based on the Academy Award®-winning animated film, opened on Broadway at the New Amsterdam Theatre to critical acclaim on March 20, 2014, and quickly established itself as one of the biggest new blockbusters in recent years. Having played more than 3,000 performances, the New York production is among the Top 20 longest runs in Broadway history.
Marcus M. Martin is the actor portraying “Genie” on the North American Tour, playing at Overture Center for the Arts from Tuesday, Oct. 10 through Sunday, Oct. 15.
“If I had three wishes, this role would be my number one wish,” said Martin. “It’s been my dream since I was 16 years old. This is the wish of all wishes, and I couldn’t be more thrilled that it came true.”
Like the Genie, Martin feels joy for life, making stepping into this role easy.
“I’m very happy and always try to find the good in life and the joy in every situation,” he said.
Hailed by The New York Times as “fabulous and extravagant,” the Broadway production has broken 16 New Amsterdam Theatre house records and spawned nine additional productions on four continents.
Produced by Disney Theatrical Productions, Aladdin features music by Tony Award and eight-time Oscar® winner Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast, Newsies, Sister Act), lyrics by two-time Oscar winner Howard Ashman (Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid), three-time Tony Award and three-time Oscar winner Tim Rice (Evita, Aida) and six-time Tony Award nominee Chad Beguelin (The Prom, The Wedding Singer), with a book by Beguelin, and is directed and choreographed by two-time Tony Award winner Casey Nicholaw (The Book of Mormon).
Aladdin, adapted from the animated Disney film and centuries-old folktales, including “One Thousand and One Nights,” is brought to fresh theatrical life in this bold new musical. Aladdin’s journey sweeps audiences into an exciting world of daring adventure, classic comedy and timeless romance. This new production features a full score, including the five cherished songs from the Academy Award-winning soundtrack and more written especially for the stage.
“The story of Aladdin stands the test of time because it connects with so many audiences through humor, romance and wonderful music,” said Martin. “It has themes that everyone can relate to—the feeling of wanting to make your family proud, the feeling that maybe you’re not good enough so you have to do extra to overcompensate, and the feeling that you wish you were in a different situation.”
The animated film Aladdin was released by Disney in 1992 and was a critical and box office smash, becoming the highest-grossing film of the year. The film won the Oscar for Best Original Score and introduced the hit song “A Whole New World,” which won the second of the film’s two Academy Awards as Best Original Song.
The current North American tour has played in over 40 cities to more than a half million people since launching in October 2022. A previous tour played to an additional nearly 3 million patrons.
While touring the country, Martin enjoys exploring each city.
“I make it a point to support as many small, Black-owned businesses across the country as I can,” he said. “That’s something that’s really important to me.”
He hopes to find great shopping and food while in Madison. While you might spot him around town, you’ll definitely see him on Overture’s stage, a big smile on his face.
“Come see us. We’re going to have a magical time!” said Martin.
Courtesy of Disney Theatrical Productions