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Robin Williams Dead: Broadway Cast Of 'Aladdin' Pay Tribute To Original 'Genie' Actor, Following His Death (VIDEO)

14/08/2014 10:44 BST

The cast of the Broadway production of ‘Aladdin’ paid tribute to Robin Williams at a performance on Tuesday night, following his death earlier this week.

The cast led the audience in an acapella rendition of ‘Friend Like Me’, which was first sung by Robin in the original ‘Aladdin’ film, where he voiced the character of the Genie.

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James Monroe Iglehart, who plays the Genie in the stage production, explained: “First and foremost we want to give our hearts and our thoughts and our prayers to his family, because he was a husband and a father first, and an entertainer second.

“But, for tonight… I want us to sing a little bit of ‘Friend Like Me’ before we go.”

Robin provided the voice of the Genie in the original 1992 Disney film, and later reprised the role for the third film in the franchise, ‘Aladdin and the King of Thieves’ five years later.

Due to legal disputes with Disney, he was briefly replaced by ‘The Simpsons’ star Dan Casellaneta for the first sequel, ‘Return of Jafar’.

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Robin Williams with the Disney character 'Genie'

The Disney film company paid tribute to Robin - who was declared an official ‘Disney Legend’ in 2009 - following his death, releasing a statement which read: “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.”

Police confirmed on Tuesday that the 63-year-old comic actor had taken his own life, with a whole host of celebrities - and his three children - paying their respects.

However, his daughter Zelda has since announced that she is taking a break from Twitter, after being bombarded with abuse since the news broke about her father’s death.

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