Adam-jon Fiorentino Shines In “Aladdin”
Landing the role of Kassim in “Aladdin” was a dream come true for Adam-jon Fiorentino, and now he gets a chance to perform in his hometown of Melbourne, writes Jenny Burns.
LISTENING TO Adam-jon Fiorentino talk about returning to Melbourne and performing in “Aladdin” it’s clear he is very excited about both events!
Fiorentino has been playing Kassim in Disney’s “Aladdin” since it premiered in Sydney in August last year. With the show now moving to Melbourne he and his family are coming home. And they are staying.
“We were packed and all ready to come back to Melbourne to live permanently and then I received the call from my agent telling me I had the role in ‘Aladdin’,” Fiorentino explained with a laugh.
Given Fiorentino saw Kassim as a dream role, the move back to Melbourne was postponed.
“It’s a great role, it’s lots of fun and I even get to become a ‘swashbuckler’”, he explained with delight.
Fiorentino is equally enthusiastic about the production. “‘Aladdin’ really is a magical show, it has great music, incredible costumes and amazing set designs,” he said.
“No one does it like Disney. There’s been so much time, love and effort spent on every facet of the show and it’s obvious. The attention to detail is amazing, even down to the making of our costumes. “The show is also extremely family friendly and suitable for all ages.”
It was Fiorentino’s past experiences with Disney which led him to audition for “Aladdin”.
“I worked with Disney in New York and found them a great company to work for.”
Disney was one of several international companies Fiorentino worked for while based in England and the United States.
His international stage credits include playing Young Ben in Stephen Sondheim’s “Follies” at the London Palladium, Tony Manero in “Saturday Night Fever” on London’s West End and Bert in “Mary Poppins” at the New Amsterdam on Broadway.
While describing working in New York as an incredible experience, it also made Fiorentino realise he and his wife could successfully continue their acting careers and return to Australia to live and thus be closer to their families.
“The energy in New York and on Broadway is unparalleled but as a friend said to me that once you walk through the stage door you could be anywhere in the world.
“Living in Australia we aren’t missing out on anything thanks to the incredible people working here and the number of international shows coming here.”
Fiorentino can’t wait to return to Melbourne to live after 12 years away. His enthusiasm for Melbourne’s art, culture, architecture and bar scene is palpable.
Rediscovering the city’s bars and restaurants is one of many Melbournian delights Fiorentino is looking forward to.
“Many of the bars in Melbourne remind me of New York’s bar scene. You go through these small doors with no signage and walk into some amazing bars”, he said.
Watching his beloved football team, Essendon, play at the Melbourne Cricket Ground is another.
Then there’s performing at Her Majesty’s Theatre. While Fiorentino has worked in many of Melbourne’s top theatres “Aladdin” is his first show at Her Majesty’s.
“It’s such a beautiful theatre it will be wonderful to perform there,” he said.
“Aladdin” opens on 20 April at Her Majesty’s Theatre, 219 Exhibition Street, Melbourne. Visit liveshows.disney.com.au/ aladdin-the-musical for more information and ticketek.com.au for tickets.
Adam-jon Fiorentino (far left in red) stars in “Aladdin”. Photo: Dean van Meer.