It’s safe to say that Broadway actor Adam Jacobs is living out his dreams. Jacobs, who currently is starring as the titular character in Broadway’s Aladdin and who cites The Lion King and Aladdin as two of his formative Disney films, has starred in both productions and his work includes turns in Les Miserables, as well as national tours of Mamma Mia! and Cinderella. Now, Jacobs is achieving another dream with the announcement of his debut album, which will be released Dec. 13. Titled Right Where I Belong, the album is a collection of Alan Menken songs and Jacobs reveals that his decision to honor his passion for the composer’s work wasn’t exactly accidental.Right Where I Belong - Adam Jacobs - Songs of Alan Menken

“The idea sort of hit me after working with Alan in Aladdin, which we started in 2010 and spent four years working on before it opened,” he says. “I always wanted to record an album, and I was sort of in this position of, ‘I don’t know what I’m going to do, is it going to be a generic Broadway album? No, I want it to be something more’. And I thought, I’ve always loved Alan Menken and I love working with him in Aladdin, and I’m going to perform an album of his songs because they’ve spoken to me since I was a kid. The thing with Alan Menken is, I don’t think he gets enough credit. He’s obviously got multiple awards, but how much he’s interwoven into the fabric of our culture, especially people my age, and how much he’s affected people through his storytelling, is powerful. And I thought, ‘I wanted to highlight that.’”

The fact that Menken’s songs, which Jacobs explains have “power and musicality,” have stood the test of time also contributed to Jacobs’ decision to honor the composer. “It was the storytelling, I think, that drew me in the most,” he says. “Because as an actor, that’s what I do for a living — I’m a storyteller. And Alan’s music…he’s able to tell stories and he’s able to bring out the emotions of his stories through his music in such an incredible way, unlike any other composer I know.”

Like many Broadway actors who release albums, Jacobs’ debut album is a collaborative effort on both a personal and a professional level. There’s a photo of his family included in the album insert and his sister, Broadway actress Arielle Jacobs (Wicked) makes an appearance, as well as does his wife, Kelly. (The two duet with Jacobs on “Suddenly Seymour” and “If I Never Knew You,” respectively.) A handful of Aladdin cast members also participated and sang back-up for numerous tunes. “It’s a family affair,” Jacobs says with a laugh. “The title, Right Where I Belong, is a lyric from ‘Go The Distance’ but it’s sort of indicative of where I am in my life and how I feel about starring on Broadway and raising a family. Our business is very ephemeral, it’s here and then it’s gone with each passing show. To have something to look back on, when I’m old and grey, to have for my kids…it’s special. And this being my first album makes it that much more special.”