Genie Surprises North Carolina Teacher During its 1001 Performance

The Genie is at it again granting wishes – only this time it’s in North Carolina and not the magical land of Agrabah. On September 18, 2019, the North American tour of Disney’s Aladdin celebrated 1001 performances at The Belk Theater at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center in Charlotte, where they’re playing through September 29.

What is Aladdin’s Genie known for? Aside from the blue complexion and humorous remarks, he makes dreams come true. During the landmark occasion, Korie Lee Blossey (genie) recognized the indispensable efforts of Nicole DePietro in promoting the Charlotte arts community. In attendance were her excited students from Parkwood Middle School, who watched in admiration as the Genie presented Nicole with a $1001 check for the Drama Department.

If you’re not already aware, Aladdin the musical is based on the animated film by the same name and a bunch of age-old folktales. The September 18 ceremony for 1001 performances was special because one the original folktales is known as “One Thousand and One Nights” – talk about poetry. On their way to this commemorative performance, the Aladdin tour has graced 31 cities, starting with The Cadillac Palace Theatre in Chicago on April 19, 2017. Since then, they have entertained over 2.3 million viewers and counting. Residents of Tampa, San Antonio, Providence, Orlando, Memphis, Greenville, Fort Lauderdale, East Lansing, Durham, Kansas City, Baltimore, and Austin should expect to add to this list of theatergoers as the production tours their cities.

Aladdin the musical is directed by Thomas Schumacher and produced by Disney Theatrical Productions. It features lyrics by Howard Ashman (two-time Oscar winner), Tim Rice (three-time Oscar and three-time Tony Award winner), Chad Beguelin (six-time Tony Award nominee), music by Alan Menken (eight-time Oscar and Tony Award winner), choreography by Casey Nicholaw (Tony Award winner), and a book by Beguelin.

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