Granting Wishes: 'Aladdin' Star Brings Magic to Kids

Tony winner James Monroe Iglehart makes time to share his life experiences and inspire children to realize their dreams.
2:00 | 06/19/14

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genie wowing audiences while at the same time making those wishes come true, one of the biggest stores on Broadway right now. He just won a Tony and he's winning hearts, too. Here's ABC's gio Benitez. Reporter: We saw him take that coveted Tony award with that magical energy. James Monroe Iglehart has brought aladdin's genie to life in the new Broadway hit from ABC's parent company, Disney. Now he's taking us backstage for yet another journey. These are your treasures. This is my home. Reporter: To help kids who otherwise wouldn't get to experience theatre in more and more schools where arts programs are being cut. You have your treasure, you have your Tony, and you're giving back. Yes. If these kids can look up to me and go, hey, the genie made it, then I feel pretty good. Reporter: When Iglehart was growing up in a humble home, he says the stage was an escape from bullies and his fear. His dream, making it to Broadway. I mean for you, it really is a magic lamp. For me, this is truly, honestly, amazingly real magic lamp. Reporter: His family recording when he got the casting call -- I'm going to be the genie! Reporter: Now he's coaching little genies -- Go out there, have a good time, and just be yourself. I think you'll be great. Thanks,. You got it. Reporter: It's all part of the program called "Disney musicals in schools." Hundreds of schools, six thousand kids so far, practicing for weeks with Disney stars. And now getting the once-in-a-lifetime chance to perform on a real Broadway stage. What it does for them is give them all this self-esteem. If we can turn on that light and inspire some of them, then we've done our job. I was very scared. The first I time I thought I wasn't going to sing loudly, but I took a deep breath and I feel good. You're like pros already, yeah, you are. Reporter: Little pros, and a genie making their wish come true. Gio Benitez, ABC news, New York.

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