‘AGT’ Star Brooke Simpson Embodies the Genie in ‘Friend Like Me’ Cover
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America’s Got Talent Season 16 finalist Brooke Simpson made our wishes come true this week with a cover of “Friend Like Me” from Aladdin. The singer shows off a fun personality and a powerhouse voice on the performance.
Brooke Simpson Covers ‘Friend Like Me’ from Aladdin
Simpson’s “Friend Like Me” cover was directed by Michael Korte and arranged by Bryson Camper. Korte’s YouTube channel is full of tributes to various Broadway songs and musicals. (Aladdin first opened on Broadway in 2014, based on the 1992 Disney animated film.)
Past videos from Korte have featured talent show stars such as Bob the Drag Queen and Kornbread from RuPaul’s Drag Race, as well as Sophia James from American Idol. Now it’s Simpson’s turn to put her own spin on a theatrical tune.
Simpson stands against a simple purple background and sings to the camera in the clip, giving the popular Disney song a funky edge. The singer also shows off the powerhouse voice that took her to the Finals on AGT.
The performance received plenty of positive comments on Instagram, with Idol star Grace Kinstler writing, “Sing!!!!” and adding fire emojis. The official Aladdin musical account also commented simply, “She-nie!!!”
Simpson Made Her Broadway Debut Last Year
Last year, Simpson made her Broadway debut in a revival of the musical 1776, which is about the events leading up to the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Simpson played Roger Sherman in the production.
Earlier this month, the cast’s final Broadway performance took place. However, Simpson isn’t letting the musical go just yet. She’ll be taking on the role of The Courier in the musical’s national tour. Simpson previously understudied for the role.
Simpson has competed on both The Voice and America’s Got Talent. She finished in third place on The Voice Season 13 (competing on Team Miley) and in fourth place on AGT Season 16.