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Broadway cast of 'Aladdin' pays tribute to Robin Williams

James Monroe Iglehart, who plays Genie, leads the theatre in a rendition of 'Friend Like Me'

By Andrea Tim | Published: 15 Aug 2014

Video: DisneyOnBroadway

The Broadway cast of hit musical Aladdin honoured the memory of Robin Williams, who famously voiced the Genie in Disney's 1992 animated film of the same name.

Lead by James Monroe Iglehart, who plays Genie onstage, the cast and audience belted out Friend Like Me.

James sent out his thoughts and prayers to Robin's family before starting the song, calling the actor not just a comedian, but one of the "greatest entertainers of all time."

Robin's death on Monday, 11 August came as a shock to all. Susan Schneider, his widow released a statement on 14 August, where she revealed that her late husband "was brave as he struggled with his own battles of depression, anxiety as well as early stages of Parkinson's disease."

As fans all over the world grieved for the Patch Adams actor, many celebrities also expressed their condolences on social media. A few revealed that in some way, he was an inspiration to them.

In a previously unreleased interview excerpt, Robin's The Angriest Man in Brooklyn co-star, Mila Kunis shared a story about how she met the actor when she was just a teenager.

"He said, 'Remember this moment. Remember this because things like this don't happen very often. Remember this time,'" Mila said. "Having somebody of Robin Williams' stature tell me to just acknowledge something meant so much. He didn't mentor me. He just said, 'Step back and appreciate this. You're having an amazing time.' I was so nervous. And he said, 'Relax. And don't forget to enjoy yourself because things like this don't happen to everyone.'"

Zero Dark Thirty's Jessica Chastain also applauded Robin for his generosity.

"Robin Williams changed my life," she said. "He was a great actor and a generous person. Through a scholarship, he made it possible for me to graduate college. His generous spirit will forever inspire me to support others as he supported me. "

Related: Our favourite Robin Williams film moments


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