The magic of Aladdin took D23 Expo attendees to a whole new world as Scott Weinger (“Aladdin” animated film) and Linda Larkin (“Jasmine” animated film) took D23 Expo attendees on a magic carpet ride with a show-stopping evening of music and dance performances from stars of stage and screen in celebration of the upcoming in-home release of the live-action adaptation of ALADDIN and Walt Disney Animation Studios’ ALADDIN Walt Disney Signature Collection.
But this was more than just a simple celebration to commemorate the release of both the live-action and animated film, that’s because there were some very special guests on the scene to introduce some never before seen material.
Mena Massoud, who played the Aladdin in the live-action film, D23 Expo fans a first look at bloopers and a deleted scene of the original song “Desert Moon,” a duet with him and Naomi Scott (“Jasmine” live-action), which are available as bonus features on the live-action film’s upcoming Digital & Blu-ray release.
Jamal Sims, who choreographed the live-actin Aladdin, showcased Genie’s signature dance moves, along with a team of dancers, in a performance set to “A Friend Like Me.”
Hercules’ Lillias White performed Speechless, a song that was exclusively made for the live-action Aladdin.
Meanwhile, Brad Kane (“Aladdin” animated singing voice) performed “One Jump Ahead.” Deedee Magno Hall (“Jasmine” in “Disney’s Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular” at the Hyperion Theater) who performed “To Be Free,” sang an original song that Alan Menken wrote and composed for this production. And Lillias Clinton Greenspan (Broadway’s next “Aladdin”) who performed “Proud of Your Boy.”
Will Smith and Alan Menken were both unable to attend, but they did send video messages to D23 Expo attendees.
The live-action film ALADDIN and Walt Disney Animation Studios’ ALADDIN Walt Disney Signature Collection will be available on Digital (August 27) and Blu-ray (September 10).