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FEATURE: Facts and Figures – the National Tour of Aladdin Behind the Scenes

Adam Jacobs (Aladdin) and Isabelle McCalla (Jasmine) star in the national touring production of Aladdin. Photo by Deen van Meer.

How many people does it take to put on a national tour of a Broadway show? If the show is Aladdin, the answer is 75…if you only count the people who show up each night. Factor in the preparation and the number quickly balloons: building the costumes alone was a task for 342 different people.

Here are some facts and figures for the Aladdin national tour:

  • Touring Company Size: 75.
Some of the thousands of fabrics used in Aladdin on display. Photo by Deen van Meer.

Costumes

  • Costumes: 337
  • Custom-Made Shoes: 161 pairs
  • Costume Designs: 134
  • Staff who built costumes: 342 people in 26 workshops
  • # of Fabrics and Trims used: 2,039
  • Sources of Fabric: 13 countries (Morocco, Turkey, India, Uzbekistan, China, Tahiti, Japan, Guatemala, Mexico, France, Italy, England, and Germany.)
  • # of rhinestones in costumes for “Friend Like Me”: 8,644 each
  • Weight of Jasmine’s wedding dress: 12 pounds

Effects

  • 84 special effects
  • 53 automated scenic effects
  • 111 moving lights
  • 171 non-moving lights
  • 38 tons of flying scenery, lighting, and effects units

Money

  • Total Box Office Gross: Aladdin (1992 film) – $504 million worldwide
  • Weekly Box Office Gross: Aladdin (2014 Broadway production) – $1.4 to 2.04 million
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