Reprising his role as Genie in Disney’s Aladdin, Scott stars in an exclusive three-week run at Dr. Phillips Center.
Orlando native Michael James Scott is making his Dr. Phillips Center debut in his award-winning portrayal as Genie. MJS, as he’s called by friends and fans alike, previously played Genie on Broadway, in London’s West End, on the North American tour and in Australia, where he originated the part and won a Helpmann Award (the Australian version of The Tony Award), Scott, will join the tour for three-weeks, coming home to play the iconic role in Orlando. Korie Lee Blossey, the tour’s current Genie, will return to the role following the Orlando engagement.
“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 Michael James Scott. “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!”
Scott is well-known to Orlando audiences—he performed in numerous local productions and concerts and is a graduate of Dr. Phillips High School Theatre Magnet Program. Karen Rugerio, Director of Education Advancement & Outreach at Dr. Phillips Center, remembers working with Michael James Scott at Dr. Phillips High School when she was the director of the theatre there. “His optimism, energetic attitude and unbelievable theatrical skills made directing him through his high school career a pure joy. That big hearty laugh he brings to the role of Genie was always there!”
His professional career includes original productions of several Broadway shows and international tours, including Broadway productions of The Book of Mormon, Something Rotten, Hair, All Shook Up, The Pirate Queen, Elf, Mamma Mia and Tarzan. Scott has previously performed in Hair (London), Fosse (International Tour), Jerry Springer: The Opera (Carnegie Hall), Jersey Boys (Las Vegas) and is a member of the critically acclaimed Broadway Boys and the Tony Award®-winning Broadway Inspirational Voices.
“We are thrilled to have Michael James Scott return to Orlando and perform at the Dr. Phillips Center,” said Dr. Phillips Center President and CEO Kathy Ramsberger. “To have him come back to his hometown and share his remarkable talents with this community is such a unique opportunity. We can’t wait to see him take the stage in Disney’s Aladdin.”
Tickets for the long-awaited Orlando engagement of Disney’s Aladdin are now on sale to the public. The hit Broadway musical will begin performances in Orlando at the Dr. Phillips Center on Wednesday, January 22 for a limited engagement of three weeks through Sunday, February 9, 2020. The opening night is Thursday, January 23 at 8 p.m.
For single tickets to see Disney’s Aladdin — just head to drphillipscenter.org/aladdin to grab tickets before they are gone.