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Whoopi Goldberg Gets Her Wish to Meet Disney Aladdin's Genie James Monroe Iglehart

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Whoopi Goldberg, star of stage and screen, shows off her Showbill for Disney's Aladdin on Broadway

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Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony Award® winner Whoopi Goldberg attended last night's performance of Broadway's new smash musical comedy Aladdin at the New Amsterdam Theatre.  Following the performance, Ms. Goldberg went backstage to visit with Tony nominee James Monroe Iglehart (Genie), who was near tears at meeting one of his idols, and the cast.  She lavished praise on his performance, calling it, "the meaning of 'sensational!'" 

James Monroe Iglehart and Whoopi Goldberg hug it out backstage at Disney's newest Broadway hit Aladdin
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Disney's Aladdin, the new musical comedy based on the Academy Award®-winning animated film, opened to critical acclaim on March 20th, 2014 at Broadway's New Amsterdam Theatre and has received 2014 Best Musical nominations from the Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Drama League Awards. USA Today raves, "Pure GENIE-US! Aladdin delivers a rush that will surprise you." New York Magazine calls it "Musical comedy wish-fulfillment!" while The New York Times hails the show as "Fabulous... Extravagant!" Huffington Post says Aladdin is "the surprise hit of the season!" and the Daily News declares, "Seriously, it's amazing!"