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On Broadway, ‘Aladdin’ cast sings in honor of Robin Williams

On Tuesday night, the cast and audience of Broadway’s “Aladdin” sang a tribute to the late Robin Williams — the Genie of the animated movie version — in the form of a portion of the Genie’s tour-de-force number, “Friend Like Me.”

The moment, after the evening performance at the New Amsterdam Theatre and presided over by the production’s own Genie, Tony-winner James Monroe Iglehart, came as Broadway prepared to dim its lights Wednesday night, in memory of Williams. The actor last appeared on Broadway in 2011 in Rajiv Joseph’s antiwar drama, “Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo.”

Watch the tribute here:

The cast and audience of Broadway's "Aladdin" sing "Friend Like Me" in tribute to the late Robin Williams, the Genie of the animated movie version, on Tuesday August 12, 2014. (New Amsterdam Theatre)



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Peter Marks joined the Washington Post as its chief theater critic in 2002. Prior to that he worked for nine years at the New York Times, on the culture, metropolitan and national desks, and spent about four years as its off-Broadway drama critic.



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