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‘Aladdin’ is dedicating a Broadway performance to Gilbert Gottfried

Broadway’s “Aladdin” dedicated Tuesday night’s performance to the late Gilbert Gottfried Who passed away yesterday a long term Battle with a rare disease.

The comedian was known for several film and television roles — but no more than as the scarlet macaw Jago in the classic animated film version of Aladdin, released in 1992.

The tribute to the New York theater community came at the end of the last curtain when Don Darryl Rivera, who plays Iago in the production, stepped forward to address the audience.

“Tonight we want to take a moment to celebrate the life of a comedy legend. A funny man with an indelible voice. The man who brought Iago to life for the animated film, Mr. Gilbert Gottfried,” Rivera said, as seen in videos posted to the show’s official YouTube account.

“I have the special privilege, along with five other actors from around the world, to bring Iago to life on stage, and I think one of the main reasons this character is the way she is is because of what Gilbert brought to animation has: his comedy and that voice.”

Rivera also revealed he once had the pleasure of meeting the former ‘Saturday Night Live’ and ‘Problem Child’ star at the show.

“Curtains just came down and Gilbert came off the sets and he put his arm around me and we took some pictures,” Rivera said. “But then I pulled out this one, the ‘Aladdin’ VHS, and his eyes lit up like it was the magic lantern itself. He signed it for me and it’s still one of my most prized possessions.”

Don Darryl Rivera and the cast of Disney's "Aladdin" commemorates Gilbert Gottfried, who died on April 12, 2022.
Don Darryl Rivera and the cast of Disney’s “Aladdin” pay tribute to Gilbert Gottfried who passed away on April 12, 2022.
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Gilbert Gottfried originated the role of Jago in the 1992 animated version "Aladdin" as well as several spinoffs.
Gilbert Gottfried originated the role of Iago in the 1992 animated version of Aladdin, as well as several spin-offs.
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The production’s official social media accounts also paid tribute to the late entertainer.

“We dedicate today’s performance to the incredible Gilbert Gottfried,” he said Read Twitter tribute. “Thank you for your voice, talent and influence in Agrabah.”

Gilbert Gottfried voiced Iago in the 1992 animated classic "Aladdin."
Gilbert Gottfried voiced Iago in the 1992 animated classic Aladdin.
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