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About Aladdin and His Wondrous Lamp
Bonnie Lythgoe is thrilled to announce that Footy Show larrikin, Beau Ryan will be the final piece to complete the Aladdin casting puzzle. He will play the iconic role of the Genie of The Lamp for the Australian premiere of Aladdin and His Wondrous Lamp. The Genie of The Lamp is the audience favourite. A happy go lucky character, full of life and bursting with positive energy, just like Beau. Having spent a majority of his early life (over 10,000 years) trapped within a lamp, the Genie tends to take advantage of his extremely rare moments of freedom by exploiting his incredible powers to entertain his new masters and acquaintances. He will also concoct humorous jokes for the amusement of both himself and those around him, just like Beau’s parody roles and regular features on YouTube with Justice Crew. “If you had asked me a year ago if I had the chance to be jumping around on stage dressed as the Genie from Aladdin at the State Theatre, I’d have probably said ‘Great idea… Let’s make it happen.’ It’s awesome to have a pro like Bonnie Lythgoe guide me through my first time ever on stage. I think the footy field is going to seem like a walk in the park compared to this… I can’t wait!” says Beau Ryan. The production will also feature Lauren Brant (I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here, Hi-Five) as “Princess Yasmina”, Mat Verevis (The Voice Season 3) as “Aladdin”, Ian “Dicko” Dickson as “Widow Twankey”, Jessica Rowe (Studio 10) as “The Empress”, Jono Coleman (Studio 10) “The Emperor”, Kev Orkian (London West End Star and Comedian) as “Wishee Washee”, Josh Adamson (returning from last years Snow White and reprising his role from the Los Angeles production of Aladdin) as “Abanazar” and triple threat singer, dancer and presenter Prinnie Stevens as “Slave Of The Ring” at the State Theatre in Sydney, July 2015. Director Bonnie Lythgoe said, “Playing Genie of The Lamp from Aladdin is a magical and wonderful character and so I had to take my time casting. My thoughts went towards finding sportsman as it then introduces another audience to this wonderful world of Panto. Beau kept coming in to my thoughts. I watched him on the Footy Show and have seen many video clips of him and just knew he was my Genie! What a talented man he is and now I cannot wait to take him on a “Magical Journey” where wishes come true and “Goodness” wins through in the end.” After last year’s hugely successful and critically acclaimed inaugural production of Snow White – Winter Family Musical in Sydney, director Bonnie Lythgoe (So You Think You Can Dance Australia) will bring an swinging soaring spectacular updated musical version of the classic Arabian Nights tale to Australian audiences. Lythgoe will take the familiar traditional tale and inject contemporary chart topping songs including “Treasure” (Bruno Mars), “Shake It Off” (Taylor Swift), “Best Day of My Life” (American Authors), “Rather Be” (Clean Bandit), “Party Rock Anthem” (LMFAO), “Need You Tonight” (INXS) as well as incorporating current local culture references, into the script. Bonnie has been staging pantos in the USA with huge success for a number of years. She has already produced Snow White, Aladdin (US) and her latest production, Sleeping Beauty and her Winter Knight was a sell out success at the Pasadena Playhouse in Los Angeles last Christmas. Well known for her creativity and involvement in global television hits “American Idol” and “So You Think You Can Dance,” Bonnie is dedicated to bringing affordable theatre to families across Australia through fun, musical theatre the whole family can enjoy. Aladdin and his Wondrous Lamp will be held at the State Theatre in Sydney with performances running from Friday, 3 July through until and including Sunday, 12 July 2015.