USA Updates Gilbert Gottfried honored in ‘Aladdin’ on Broadway: ‘Thank you for your voice’
Broadway’s “Aladdin” dedicated its performance Tuesday night to the late Gilbert Gottfried, who died yesterday from a long-term battle with a rare disease.
The comedian was best known for several film and TV roles – but nothing more than the scarlet macaw ego in the classic animated film version of “Aladdin,” released in 1992.
The tribute from the NYC theater community came at the end of last night’s curtain call when Don Darryl Rivera, who plays Iago in the production, proceeded to address the audience.
“Tonight, we would like to take some time out 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 video posted In the official Youtube account of the show.
“I have the unique privilege of bringing Iago to life on stage with five other actors from around the world and I think one of the main reasons this character is who he is, is what Gilbert brought to the animated film: his Comedy and that voice.”
Rivera also revealed that she once had the pleasure of meeting the “Saturday Night Live” and “Problem Child” star on the show.
“The curtain just came down, and with the wings Gilbert comes up and he put his hand around me and we took some pictures,” Rivera said. “But then, I pulled it out on “Aladdin” VHS, and his eyes lit up like it was a magic lantern. He signed it for me and it’s still one of my most treasured possessions.”
The production’s official social media accounts also paid tribute to the late actor.
“We dedicate tonight’s performance to the incredible Gilbert Gottfried,” read twitter tribute, “Thank you for your voice, your talent and your influence in Agraba.”