BAZ BAMIGBOYE: Sugababe Jade Ewen is on the Aladdin wish list: Singer could play Princess Jasmine in new Disney stage show
Whole new world: Jade Ewen is in early negotiations to play Princess Jasmine in the Disney musical Aladdin
It's going to be a whole new world for former Sugababes singer Jade Ewen and West End actor Dean John-Wilson.
The pair are in early negotiations to play the lead roles in the Disney musical Aladdin.
If cast, they will feature in one of the musical’s most exciting scenes: singing the annoyingly addictive A Whole New World as they fly across the stage on a magic carpet (conjured up by designer Bob Crowley, illusion creator Jim Steinmeyer and special effects guru Jeremy Chernick).
Provided that terms are agreed, Ms Ewen — who is scorching as wannabe hair stylist Vanessa in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hot salsa musical In The Heights at the King’s Cross Theatre — will play Princess Jasmine, who becomes entangled with the seemingly unsuitable street hunk Aladdin.
And should the early talks progress, John-Wilson (right) will play the eponymous hero.
Trevor Dion Nicholas, who is in the Broadway production, has been cast as Genie by Disney theatre chief Thomas Schumacher and Aladdin director Casey Nicholaw.
Genie was the role that Robin Williams gave voice to in the hugely successful 1992 animated movie.
A spokesman for the show said he was unable to confirm whether Ewen and John-Wilson were in discussions.
‘Deals aren’t done and we won’t be announcing the full cast for some time,’ the spokesman added.
I’m guessing a lamp will be rubbed and names will emerge, amid puffs of smoke, around November 23, when tickets go on general sale (though you can buy seats now if you sign up for priority booking at aladdinthemusical.co.uk).
John-Wilson, a star in the making, played Benigno Aquino in the brilliant David Byrne and Fatboy Slim musical Here Lies Love, which opened the new Dorfman space at the National Theatre last autumn.
And Ewen is Disney family . . . sort of. When she was still a student at the Sylvia Young Theatre School in London’s Marylebone, she won the role of the young Nala in The Lion King.
Aladdin will begin performances at the Prince Edward on May 27, with an official first night on June 9.
Disney hero: Should the early talks progress, Dean John-Wilson (pictured with Cynthia Erivo at the Kinky Boots after party in September) will take the title role of Aladdin
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