NEW YORK — For those looking to catch the hit musical "Aladdin" on Broadway, your wish is granted!
What You Need To Know
- "Aladdin" is back on Broadway after a 10-day shutdown due to a COVID-19 outbreak, which came only one performance after the musical's return from the 18-month theater shutdown
- Disney on Broadway is taking extra precautions to ensure the musical does not have another outbreak, including assigning even more COVID-19 safety officers to the production than is required by Actors' Equity
- Michael James Scott, who plays Genie in "Aladdin," tells NY1 he couldn't be more thrilled to be back at work, and that he feels his company is doing all it can to ensure the health and safety of the cast, crew and audience
The Disney musical originally returned to the New Amsterdam Theatre on Sept. 28 for the first time since March 2020, but was shut down the following night due to breakthrough COVID-19 cases in the company.
"Aladdin" resumed performances Sept. 30, then once again shut down on Oct. 1, this time taking a pause until Tuesday night. The 10-day intermission was implemented to make sure all cast and crew were healthy enough to return to work.
Disney on Broadway and the company of "Aladdin" say they are taking COVID-19 safety very seriously. Members of Disney Theatrical’s companies are required to be fully vaccinated, company members are tested every show day, and there are six full-time COVID-19 safety supervisors on staff, which exceeds the Actors Equity requirement.
"I have a lot of trust that since they took the time and addressed the situation, I feel much more comfortable," said Chelsea Blaney, who came out to see the reopening performance of "Aladdin" on Tuesday. “Especially as someone who is vaccinated, I feel much more comfortable going in.”
"I'm actually really confident in all of the shows' abilities to check vaccinations, and the protocols that they're taking seem very safe," added fellow theatergoer Maia Kinney-Petrucha. "I'm vaccinated, my friend is vaccinated, so we're impressed with the way that everyone's been handling the situation, and I feel good about it."
Michael James Scott, who plays Genie in "Aladdin" on Broadway, couldn't have been happier to return to work Tuesday, and he maintains his company is doing everything it can to keep audiences, cast and crew healthy.
"Our safety has always been first and foremost in front of us, and so is the crew, and the ushers, front-of-house staff, and the audience, like, their safety. Everyone's safety is first and foremost," Scott said in a pre-show interview before his reopening performance. "So I feel safe, we all feel safe. We had a rehearsal this afternoon, people are all there, everyone is in and we're just excited that we get to be back on Broadway tonight."
All tickets for canceled performances purchased through Ticketmaster are being refunded. If you purchased at the box office and have digital tickets, submit your request via aladdinthemusical.com/refundexchange. You will be able to request ticket exchanges for an alternate date, subject to availability, or you can get a full refund.
For more information on refunds, visit aladdinthemusical.com/covid-cancelation/
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