Bay Area native and original Aladdin, Adam Jacobs, to headline national tour coming to San Francisco
It looks like the Genie is out of the lamp! When it was announced that Adam Jacobs would be joining the first American National Tour of Disney’s ALADDIN in the title role—one in which he originated the part on Broadway—the Bay Area native couldn’t contain his excitement and made one jump ahead when he revealed the show will be making a stop in his original stomping grounds of San Francisco. We could not be more thrilled to welcome him home in the production that will anchor the 2017-2018 SHN Season, which will be announced this Spring. At that time, current SHN Members will have priority access to renew their seats for the complete 2017-2018 SHN Season, which includes Disney’s Aladdin.
“I couldn’t be more thrilled to be playing Aladdin in my hometown of San Francisco,” said Jacobs. “I feel lucky to be able to share this role with so many of the teachers, directors and mentors who started me off in my career, as well as with friends and family that I haven’t seen in years. It’s a chance to give back to the city that gave me so much and I’m grateful for this unique opportunity.”
Originally from Half Moon Bay, CA, Jacobs began his early performing career as a pianist studying at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. After playing for 8 years (ages 5-13), he decided to forgo the concert pianist route and try something new. He found his artistic outlet through art classes and musical theater at school and in the local community theater–Peninsula Center Stage.
Not only was Jacobs active in summer programs of the American Conservatory Theater (ACT) in downtown San Francisco and the California Institute of the Arts (CSSSA), but also he attended St. Ignatius College Preparatory in the city, where—with the help of his high-school mentor, Peter Devine—Jacobs discovered his love for the theater and made his decision to pursue a career in the arts.
Adam’s big break came with the opportunity to play “Marius” in the national tour of Les Miserables. This job led to him being cast in the Broadway revival and his subsequent Broadway debut. Since then, he has journeyed from the islands of Mamma Mia! to the African pridelands of The Lion King. He’s gone from the tropics of Once On This Island to the Arabian deserts of Aladdin.
Jacobs’ final performance as Aladdin on Broadway will be on February 12. More details about the first National Tour of Disney’s ALADDIN—and the complete 2017-2018 SHN Season—will be announced at a later time.