Behind the Category - Aladdin on Broadway
We’ve been fortunate to tape Jeopardy! clues on the sets or with the casts of over a dozen of Broadway’s biggest shows. From “Phantom of the Opera” to “Wicked” and most recently, “Aladdin”, our goal is to put the Jeopardy! viewer in the middle of the action of these Broadway hits.
One challenge for us, when we tape with a Broadway show, is to figure out exactly how much we can expect our contestants and viewers to know, as they may not have seen the production. When we approached the producers of Aladdin, we thought this show in particular would provide us with enough material for an entire category, since so many people are familiar with the Disney film, the underlying book/material upon which it’s based, as well as the show’s success, both commercially and at the Tonys. So, the cast members agreed to come in one Friday afternoon, record their clues for us, and then put on a performance that evening.
Our arrangement with Disney Theatrical allowed us to try something unusual…have the actors present Jeopardy! clues, in character, supported by video clips of musical highlights from the actual production. Until now, Jeopardy! had never done this, so it was a little bit of a risk. As you can see from the enhanced production values and engaging game play, the risk paid off. We hope everyone enjoyed the category, and our thanks to the entire production team of “Aladdin on Broadway”.
And who knows what show Jeopardy! will feature next?
Written by Supervising Producer, Rocky Schmidt