Aladdin: A Magical Carpet Ride to Broadway

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A Musical Review on Aladdin

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Aladdin is based on Disney’s 1992 Aladdin animated film. The Broadway show premiered at the 5th Avenue Theatre, last July 7, 2011, in Seattle, Washington. It won several awards, such as the Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical and Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical.

 

The show aimed to evoke a world of the mythical Orient. One of the show’s highlights is the presence of the American stage actor and singer, James Monroe Iglehart, who won a Tony for his role as the Genie in Aladdin.

 

Aladdin Musical Synopsis

 

The story is based on a Middle Eastern folk tale, from the book The Book of One Thousand and One Nights or the Arabian Nights. This features Aladdin, a poor, idle, young man who falls in love with an Indian princess, Jasmine. He finds a magic lamp, which contains a Genie. The Genie grants Aladdin three wishes, which he uses to triumph over the Sultan’s evil grand vizier and leads him to woo the princess he loves.

 

Aladdin the Musical

 

The show opens with a bold and breathless performance from James Monroe Iglehart, as he sings the brassy “Arabian Nights.” With its breathtaking sets and special effects, this year’s production is made up of over 350 lavish costumes. The musical’s designer did an excellent job in captivating the Middle Eastern feeling by creating latticed palaces and a town that shines and glimmers with gold.

 

American musical theatre composer and pianist, Alan Menken, augments his original tunes from the 1992 movie. With an orchestra that will bring the musical magic of the classic Aladdin musical songs, such as “Friend Like Me” and “A Whole New World.” The complex and fast-paced choreography is by American theatre director and performer, Casey Nicholaw.

Overall, the show is captivating and an infinitely rich show that will delight audience of all ages.

 

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