Gareth Jacobs: The new genie
David Prior talks with Gareth Jacobs who is the new Genie in Aladdin.
Disney Theatrical Productions is delighted to confirm Melbourne’s Gareth Jacobs, current standby Genie in Disney’s Aladdin, will take over the role full-time from Tuesday 19 December 2017.
Helpmann award-winner Michael James Scott originated the role in the Australian production and will pass on the magic lamp after almost 18 months as the show-stopping Genie.
Frankston-born Gareth Jacobs trained in musical theatre at the University of Ballarat in country Victoria and honed his skills on the high seas as lead vocalist and vocal captain for Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises. He was a Top 24 contestant on The X Factor and played the role of Jimmy Early in StageArt’s Dreamgirls. He has been understudying Genie, Sultan and Babkak in Disney’s Aladdin since the Australian premiere in August 2016.
Gareth said; “To play the Genie in this phenomenal production really is a wish come true. I’m a huge fan of the original animated Disney film and to learn the musical ropes from the magical Michael James Scott has been an added blessing. I can’t wait to move into the lamp permanently and get granting those wishes full-time – you ain’t never had a friend like me!”
The musical made its Australian premiere in Sydney on 11 August 2016. Tickets for the Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth seasons are available from aladdinthemusical.com.au.
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