Disney presents the stage adaptation of its animated blockbuster, featuring the hit songs from the film, plus several more written for Broadway. This new musical is filled with adventure, comedy and romance as it follows Aladdin's quest to marry a princess and defeat an evil Sultan. See it if you like slick, polished entertainment. Staging is imaginative, songs are good, nice sets, garish costumes. Good not great performances. Of dozen main roles, ONE is female. A lesser Disney work. Also Leung Aladdin has a boyish charm, but his acting is stiff. He has no chemistry with Jasmine.
Since a certain blockbuster feline arrived well over a decade ago, Broadway has been lapped by wave after wave of big, often gloppy songfests adapted from animated movies, mostly from the mother ship, Disney. Beguelin , has been adroitly, not to say exhaustively, exploited for any and every opportunity to indulge in extravagant musical numbers. These pay energetic tribute to everything from the Cotton Club and Las Vegas to vintage Hollywood and current Bollywood. As many will recall, the movie was all but upended by the anarchic performance of Robin Williams, who provided the voice of the shape-shifting blue Genie. If I can peer back through the haze of salaaming dancers still rampaging through my brain, I believe this involves the travails of Princess Jasmine Courtney Reed , whose father the Sultan Clifton Davis is determined to find her a suitably regal husband. Unsurprisingly, and after perhaps a few too many trips around the bazaar, this bunch triumphs over the machinations of the nasty Jafar, played with epicene menace and great lashings of eyeliner by Jonathan Freeman reprising his role from the movie , whose animal sidekick has also been transformed into a human one, a mini-meanie called Iago Don Darryl Rivera , spouting his own steady stream of one-liners as he bustles behind his evil overlord. Most of the numbers not involving chorus members in chest-baring vests and harem pants tend to pass by without making much of an impression. Gregg Barnes did the pseudo-Arabian costumes. Although Mr.
Why See Aladdin?
This show is only worth going to if you have a small child to entertain. I have a young son who loved the movie and thus I took my family. The theatre is odd. We ended up in the nose bleed section upstairs which has nearly vertical seating. My seat had a metal pole to the left of it strange. They provide boosters so that kids can see over the tall people. The best thing about the show is the Genie who is very talented and entertaining and I believe has won multiple awards for this performance. The show itself is not particularly entertaining.
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