Aladdin was the only musical I was determined to see this year and I finally managed to! It was brilliant, and was easily the best night out I’ve had in ages. The plot is slightly different than the film; Aladdin is a young man who steals for a living along with his friends Babkak, Omar and Kassim. One day he meets a disguised Princess Jasmine before being recruited by the evil Jafar to retrieve a magical genie lamp..
The costuming in this production was exquisite. It was obvious that a lot of research had gone into costume design, as the details were so exact, but the costumes were also practical enough to allow the performers to dance. The costumes were all so beautiful, I loved the colours and how they contrasted and went well in the emsemble. There was also so much sparkle, but it allowed every individual cast member to stand out. The set design was also extraordinary, and it really felt like we could have been in an Agrabah-like place.
Aladdin has never been my favourite Disney score, but the adaptations of the songs to the stage, and the new songs added worked really well. Alan Menken’s score works really well in the context of the production, and a lot of the songs are memorable and catchy, such as the new song Babkak, Omar, Aladdin, Kassim. However, Friend Like Me is the stand out song of the musical, and honestly, I think no song that comes after it, even A Whole New World.
I felt that all of the ensemble cast did really well. Everyone was amazing singers and dancers, and I was impressed at their synchronicity. I did feel that the main roles of Aladdin and Jasmine, played by And Jade Ewen, weren’t as strong as they almost needed to be in such a talented cast, although I did feel they had done well. However, the stand out star was easily Trevor Dion Nicholas as the genie. He is hysterical and steals the scenes he is in. It’s understandable why he has won awards for this role!
Aladdin is a fantastically capitvating musical and I highly recommend it to everyone, adults and children alike! Five stars.