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Broadway 'Aladdin' Robin Williams Tribute: Sing-Along to 'Friend Like Me'

Thursday, 14 Aug 2014 06:34 PM

By Angela Deines

The Broadway cast of "Aladdin" conducted a sing-along tribute to Robin Williams on Tuesday night, the day after the actor who voiced Disney's Genie died.

Williams, who was found dead in his California home on Monday after committing suicide, voiced the part of the big blue Genie in the beloved 1992 Disney animated movie.

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"Yesterday we lost one of the greatest entertainers of all time," James Iglehart, who is currently playing the Genie in the Broadway version of “Aladdin,” told the New York City Broadway audience. "We want to give our hearts and our prayers to his family because he's a husband and father first, entertainer second."

Iglehart then led audience members in singing the Disney "Aladdin" song "Friend Like Me" in tribute to Williams.

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Also on Tuesday, Disney tweeted its own tribute to Williams created by Eric Goldberg who was the supervising animator of the "Aladdin" Genie.

In the Disney tweet, the company’s chairman and CEO Robert Iger said: "We're deeply saddened by the loss of Robin Williams, a wonderfully gifted man who touched our hearts and never failed to make us laugh. An incredible actor and a comedic genius, Robin will always be remembered for bringing some of the world's favorite characters to life, from his zany alien on ABC's 'Mork & Mindy' to the irascible genie in Disney's 'Aladdin.' He was a true Disney legend, a beloved member of our family, and he will be sorely missed. We join Robin's friends and fans everywhere in mourning, and offer our thoughts and condolences to his family during this difficult time."

On Thursday, Williams’ widow, Susan Schneider, released a statement, saying her husband had recently been battling severe depression and anxiety, coupled with the beginning stages of Parkinson’s disease.

"Robin's sobriety was intact and he was brave as he struggled with his own battles of depression, anxiety as well as early stages of Parkinson's disease, which he was not yet ready to share publicly,” according to Schneider’s statement.

"It is our hope in the wake of Robin's tragic passing, that others will find the strength to seek the care and support they need to treat whatever battles they are facing so they may feel less afraid."

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