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.

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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.dis­ aladdin-the-mu­si­cal for more in­for­ma­tion and tick­ for tick­ets.

Adam-jon Fiorentino (far left in red) stars in “Aladdin”. Photo: Dean van Meer.

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