Disney ain’t never had a friend like James Monroe Iglehart, the incredible actor who plays Genie in the Broadway adaptation of Aladdin. Iglehart professed his life-long desire to work for Disney as he accepted the 2014 Tony Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical.
“I want to thank Disney,” Iglehart said. “I love you. I’ve been wanting to work for you since I was 10 years old.”
In his speech, Iglehart also thanked Thomas Schumacher, president of Disney Theatrical Group; Casey Nicholaw, director-choreographer of Aladdin; “the late, great” Howard Ashman, lyricist for the Aladdin film; and Alan Menken, composer of both the film and Broadway adaptations of Aladdin.
Personally, I’m psyched someone so talented who truly has a passion for working for Disney won a Tony. Rock on, Mr. Iglehart!
For more information about Iglehart and the Tony Awards, read Broadway World’s article about the Genie’s triumph.