Disney's Aladdin Broadway musical coming to New Zealand early next year

The hit Broadway musical of Disney's Aladdin is coming to New Zealand early next year, Disney Theatrical Productions announced today.

The stage version of the critically-acclaimed Disney film will be performed at Auckland's Civic Theatre from January 3.

More than six million people have flocked to the production since the musical had its world premiere in late March 2014.

The musical has since expanded to productions in Tokyo, Hamburg, London and a North American tour.

It will feature timeless songs from the film as well as new music with lyrics penned by Disney's Beauty and the Beast's Howard Ashman.

Aladdin is currently being performed in Brisbane before heading to Perth in July.

Tickets go on sale in August.

One of the biggest musicals in show business is heading for New Zealand early next year. Source: Seven Sharp

Jack Tame immortalised on paper alongside the likes of Donald Trump by renowned UK political cartoonist

Renowned British illustrator and political cartoonist Chris Riddell is in New Zealand for the Auckland Writers Festival.

Riddell spoke with Jack Tame on TVNZ1's Breakfast today where he talked about the art of political satire and his upcoming book with JK Rowling.

In studio Riddell also had time to reveal a quick sketch he'd done of Jack Tame.

Chris Riddell is in New Zealand for the Auckland Writers Festival and spoke on TVNZ1’s Breakfast. Source: Breakfast


Legendary US musician Bob Dylan to play two shows in New Zealand in August

Legendary American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan will play two shows in New Zealand in August.

Chugg Entertainment has confirmed Dylan will play at Auckland's Spark Arena on Sunday 26 August and at Christchurch's Horncastle Arena on Tuesday 28 August.

"In a career spanning six decades, Bob Dylan’s impact on popular music and culture is immeasurable," Chugg Entertainment say in a statement.

"He is responsible for some of the most influential albums of all time, including The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan, Highway 61 Revisited and Blonde on Blonde, and his socially and politically charged singles, Blowin' In The Wind and The Times They Are A-Changin, are widely considered among the most important songs in modern music."

Dylan was last in New Zealand in 2014 where he played three shows.

LONDON - JUNE 18: Bob Dylan headlines the Feis Festival in Finsbury Park on June 18, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Getty Images)
Bob Dylan. Source: Getty