Orlando native and out performer Michael James Scott to reprise role of Genie in ‘Aladdin’ at Dr. Phillips Center

By : Jeremy Williams
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ABOVE: Michael James Scott as the Genie in “Disney’s Aladdin” North American tour. (Photo by Deen van Meer, courtesy Dr. Phillips Center)

ORLANDO | The hit Broadway musical “Disney’s Aladdin” is coming to the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts Jan. 22-Feb. 9, 2020. It was announced Sept. 13 that Orlando native and out performer Michael James Scott will be performing as the Genie during the musical’s run in Central Florida.

Scott graduated from Dr. Phillips High School and has appeared in the Broadway productions of “The Book of Mormon,” “Something Rotten,” Hair,” “All Shook Up,” “The Pirate Queen,” “Elf,” “Mamma Mia” and “Tarzan,” as well as previously performed as the Genie in London’s West End and Australia, the latter of which won Scott a Helpmann Award—the Australian version of The Tony Award.

“The pride, joy and fierce excitement of having the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to bring this iconic role, in a show I’m so proud to be a part of, back to the city where it all started for me feels like the biggest Disney dream come true,” said Scott in a press release. “I’m the product of Orlando, a city that is a big supporter of the arts and gives young artists the tools and opportunities needed to pursue their dreams. So many people have helped me, and my family, make this dream a reality. I can’t believe I have the chance to come back home to show my beautiful city their return on investment!”

Performer Korie Lee Blossey, the tour’s current Genie, will return to the role following Scott’s Orlando performances.

Tickets for “Disney’s Aladdin” are available online at DrPhillipsCenter.org, by phone by calling 844-513-2014 or in person at Dr. Phillips Center’s box office.

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