Performances begin Wednesday, January 16, 2019 and play for 2 weeks through January 27 at Omaha’s Orpheum Theater
Discover a whole new world at Disney’s ALADDIN, the hit Broadway musical. From the producer of The Lion King comes the timeless story of Aladdin, a thrilling new production filled with unforgettable beauty, magic, comedy and breathtaking spectacle.
Aladdin opened on Broadway at the New Amsterdam Theatre to critical acclaim on March 20, 2014 and quickly established itself as one of the biggest new blockbusters in recent years, breaking 13 New Amsterdam Theatre house records and welcoming over seven million people worldwide. Its global footprint has expanded to include productions in Tokyo, Hamburg, London and Australia, in addition to the two U.S. productions.
Aladdin, adapted from the Academy Award®-winning animated Disney film and centuries-old folktales including “One Thousand and One Nights,” is brought to fresh theatrical life in this bold new musical. Aladdin’s journey sweeps audiences into an exotic world of daring adventure, classic comedy and timeless romance. This new production features a full score, including the five cherished songs from the Academy Award-winning soundtrack and more written especially for the stage.
Something especially interesting to Omaha Family magazine, is there are siblings on this tour together—so it really is a family affair for them.
Although they started the rehearsal process for the national tour of Aladdin together, brother and sister duo Mathew and Lissa deGuzman were cast in the production one month apart. Mathewgot the call in early September 2016, after completing the first national tour of Pippin. Lissa was seen by video, since she was in Connecticut performing Goodspeed’s Broadway-bound Judy Garland musical Chasing Rainbows, so she didn’t get the job until October 2016.
This would be the siblings first production working together. They were originally both casted as “swings”. The term swing is often used for a member of the company who understudies several chorus and/or dancing roles. If an understudy fills in for a lead role, a swing acts the parts normally performed by the understudy. One can only imagine the amount of hard work and dedication it takes to prepare for a role on Broadway. Now multiply that by, say, a dozen roles, and you get an idea of what it’s like to be a swing. Lissa was offered the role of Jasmine, this past October.
I had the wonderful opportunity to visit with both Lissa and Mathew prior to the production’s opening in Omaha. Here’s what we discussed.
Omaha Family Magazine: I’ve read that many people think that two of you are twins? Is this true?
Lissa: “We are two of five siblings, and the only performers in the family. Mathew is the oldest and I am the second youngest”. Lissa is quick to point out that nine years separate her from her older brother!
Omaha Family Magazine: What is the best part about working together?
Lissa: “I never get homesick! I feel like I have a piece of home with me all of the time. On tour, we live together, plan meals together and practice scenes together. Our parents love it”!
Mathew: “I feel the same way! When you’re jumping from one show to the next, there aren’t many of the same people with the same schedule. It’s great to be performing with Lissa because we have so much history.”
Omaha Family Magazine: Are There any Challenges Working So Closely With A Sibling?
Lissa: The only challenge I have is when I don’t call my mom! She knows that Mathew and I have the same schedules so when she hears from him she wants to hear from me too!
Omaha Family Magazine: What Three Wishes Would You Love to be Granted?
Lissa: “Health, happiness for loved ones. Oh, and to wish for more wishes!”
Mathew concurred but also added, “World peace and “expedited travel- the ability to be somewhere instantly.”
Omaha Family Magazine: What is the Number One Reason People Show See ALADDIN?
Lissa: It is truly a show for ALL ages. There’s something for everyone- it has humor, romance and so much heart! It’s the perfect date night or family affair.”
Omaha Family Magazine: Will This Be Your First Time in Omaha?
Lissa: “We have! One of our brothers attended Creighton University so we’ve had the opportunity to visit.” When they travel to different cities for just two weeks, they specifically enjoy trying out coffee and breakfast spots.
Mathew added that have started a tradition to find the best cinnamon roll in each city. “After we have made our selection, we go back to our room and split it between us.” I assure them that narrowing down their search would be the hard part in Omaha.
In Omaha, Aladdin will play Tuesdays through Fridays at 7:30 P.M., Saturdays at 2:00 P.M. and 7:30 P.M. and Sundays at 1:00 P.M. and 6:30 P.M. There will also be a 2:00 P.M. matinee on Thursday, January 17. VIP Ticket Packages, which include a prime seat location, a commemorative souvenir program and an exclusive merchandise item, are also available. Beginning Thursday, November 8, tickets will be available at the Ticket Omaha Box Office, inside the Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas Street and online at TicketOmaha.com. To charge tickets, call Ticket Omaha at (402) 345-0606. Orders for groups of 10 or more may be placed by calling (402) 661-8516.