Jafar is the antagonist of Aladdin. He wants the lamp from the Cave of Wonders. He sees that Aladdin is the "Diamond in the Rough" who must enter the cave. Upon finding the lamp, Aladdin unleashes a Genie who offers him three wishes and he decides to use two of them to win the hand of Princess Jasmine and the third to set the Genie free. When Jafar discovers his secret, he steals the lamp and uses his wishes to become powerful, but Aladdin defeats him, saves Jasmine and Agrabah from Jafar's wrath and sets Genie free, thus proving his worth and winning Jasmine's hand.
In the Broadway adaptation of the film, Jafar plays out a role fairly similar to that of the 1992 animated film, but with a few key differences.
In this version, Iago is no longer a parrot, but instead Jafar's diminutive human assistant. Along with this, the vizier is given several new musical numbers to accompany his original reprise of "Prince Ali" including "Diamond in the Rough" and "Why Me?", a song originally meant for the film, to take place during Jafar's hostile take over, though it was cut due to time restrictions, among other things.
His three wishes differed in the musical than the film; his first wish was to make Jasmine his prisoner, second was to become sultan (though not to rule high, so the palace stayed where it was) and the third, like the film, was to become a genie.
Also notable, during the climax, Jafar doesn't turn into a snake, though he retains his transformation into a genie via Aladdin's quick-thinking.
- Jafar is played by Jonathan Freeman, who voiced Jafar in the Disney film, marking the first time an actor has reprised a film role in a stage production.