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Muny Kids Promote 'Aladdin' by Reading to Children

Barnes & Noble customers in Fenton recently could secure autographs from two Muny kids who were promoting the upcoming production of Aladdin, which will be shown July 5-13.

Children who wandered back to their special section of the Barnes & Noble book store in Fenton one recent Saturday got a special surprise. Two local performers who are part of The Muny Kids group were present to read to children and to sign autographs to promote The Muny's upcoming production of Aladdin.

Alyssa Wolf, of Ballwin, and Zach Erhardt, of , greeted youngsters in full Aladdin costumes and huge smiles.

Disney's Aladdin will be the third show of The Muny's 94th season. All performances of Aladdin will occur from July 5 to July 13; they all begin at 8:15 p.m. It will be  directed by Gary Griffin, and choreographed by Alex Sanchez.

Additionally, The Muny premiere of Aladdin will be the third production of this new stage musical to be produced anywhere in the world, according to Muny sources.

Adapted from the animated feature, Disney's Aladdin presents the favorite characters and all of the songs from the film's Oscar-winning score, plus never-before heard Menken/Ashman songs restored from early drafts of the film.

Variety hailed this new full-length stage version of Aladdin as "fresh, funny and very entertaining," according to the Muny's depictions.

Tony nominees Robin de Jesus and John Tartaglia star as Aladdin and the Genie, respectively. Joining them will be Jason Graae as Omar, Curtis Holbrook as Iago, Francis Jue as Kassim, Eddie Korbich as Babkak, Samantha Massell as Jasmine, Ken Page as the Sultan, and Thom Sesma as Jafar.

"We are thrilled to produce this enchanting new musical on our grand stage," said Muny executive producer Mike Isaacson when the Muny's 2012 shows were announced. "I can't wait for this amazing group of actors to create Muny magic for our audience."  

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