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Desmonda Cathabel joins UK and Ireland tour of Disney’s Aladdin

Desmonda Cathabel in Aladdin / Image: Deen Van Meer


Desmonda Cathabel joins UK and Ireland tour of Disney’s Aladdin

Fresh from appearing in ITV’s talent search Mamma Mia! I Have a Dream, contestant Desmonda Cathabel is confirmed to play the iconic role of Princess Jasmine in the first-ever UK and Ireland tour of Disney’s Aladdin.

The Broadway and West End musical which launched in Edinburgh last month, will open at the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff with performances from Thursday 7 December before dates in Plymouth, Sunderland, Dublin, Milton Keynes, Manchester, Bristol, Bradford, Southampton, Birmingham, Glasgow, and Liverpool.

Alongside Desmonda Cathabel as Jasmine, the UK and Ireland tour of Disney’s Aladdin stars Yeukayi Ushe as Genie and introduces Gavin Adams as Aladdin.

They are joined by Adam Strong as Jafar, Jo Servi as Sultan, Angelo Paragoso as Iago, Nay-Nay as Kassim, Adam Taylor as Omar, and Nelson Bettencourt as Babkak. The full cast also includes Hannah Amin, Dammi Aregbeshola, Rico Bakker, Daisy Barnett, Sarah Benbelaid, Erin Gisele Chapman, Tau-En Chien, Zac Frieze, Jared Irving, Juan Jackson, James Lim, Harriet Millier, Luchia Moss, Aaron Elijah Patel, Abbie Platts, Joseph Poulton, Chris Ribz, Olivier Scheers, Katie Singh, Kerry Spark, Ricardo Spriggs, Damien Winchester, Niko Wirachman.

Adapted from Disney’s 1992 animated film and centuries-old folktales including “One Thousand and One Nights”, this smash-hit musical is brought to theatrical life uniquely and dazzlingly.

Aladdin continues its record-breaking run on Broadway at the New Amsterdam Theatre, and since opening there in March 2014, nine subsequent productions have launched around the world, including over 1200 performances at the Prince Edward Theatre in London’s West End.

The production features timeless songs from the animated film, as well as new music. The production team also includes illusion designers Jim Steinmeyer and Rob Lake, hair designer Josh Marquette and makeup designer Milagros Medina-Cerdeira.

The music team is headed by music supervisor and music director Michael Kosarin, who also created the vocal and incidental music arrangements, joined by orchestrator Danny Troob and dance music arranger Glen Kelly. Ben Clare is the associate director, Kyle Seeley is the dance supervisor, Jason Trubitt is the production supervisor and Myriah Bash is the US general manager. Casting is by Jill Green CDG.


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