Broadway’s Aladdin Honors Robin Williams (VIDEO)

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This is so touching. On Tuesday night, (Aug 12), James Monroe Iglehart and the Broadway cast of ALADDIN invited the audience to sing along to ‘Friend Like Me’ as a tribute to the late Robin Williams.

The audience obliges, enthusiastically. James points at the sky when the singing finishes, as if to say, “Genie, you’re free.”

In one of his most beloved roles, the comic actor voiced  The Genie in the 1992 Disney animated film.

As an aside, I am moved not only by the outpouring of love for Robin in the wake of his death–but the stories. Fellow actors and comics, friends–heck even strangers–have stepped forward to tell tales of the actor performing random acts of kindness without expecting anything in return. It’s tragic that a man who spread such beautiful karma was forced to wrestle with the ugliest of demons.

RIP Robin.

Watch below.

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9 Comments

  1. I have a Robin story. Right after Mork & Mindy was cancelled, Robin did a show at the now-defunct Universal Amphitheatre at Universal Studios Hollywood. Someone in the audience yelled out “Do Mork.” He said no, ABC says Mork is now unemployed. He never did Mork onstage at his shows. Sometimes you could go over by the parking lot and people would roll down their windows and sign autographs. I had a Mork picture. He signed ‘Rb Wll’ and said “no vowels.” And of course said it in a way that made it the funniest thing.

  2. Dammit. I was holding up fine until now. That really got to me. I hope Robin realizes how many people, familiar and strangers, loved him dearly.

  3. Yeah, me too. There I was…watching a video of the company from “Aladdin” and the audience singing this happy, celebratory song, and I had tears streaming down my face. Damn! There was so much love inside that theatre. Thank you, James Monroe Inglehart!

  4. So heartwarming to hear this tribute by the cast and the audience.

  5. You were there? I always remember being in the movie theatre watching Aladdin for the first time. I thought Robin really made that movie what it is. Aladdin and Robin were my all-time favorites from then on.

  6. No. Sorry. I didn’t mean to make it sound like I was there. I got choked up watching the video. I probably would have been a blubbering mess had I actually been there.

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