|Another magnet added to the collection|
I've been a subscriber of Broadway in Chicago for near 10 years now and although I was not excited about many of the shows in this years spring package - I was excited about Aladdin.
The one thing about a Disney Production is that it is a PRODUCTION. Oh my goodness, the costumes, the sets (even though it's a touring set), the dancers and the leads make it one heck of a show.
Don't think that you're going to get a scene by scene rendering of the classic 1992 movie starring Robin Williams - you're going to get something different and better. I know sacrilegious, right? But it is a different show. The theme is the same, the scenes are the same but they don't try to disguise people as animals (i.e. Iago) instead you've got fully fleshed out character and his side-kick has been transformed into three best friends.
Enough has been written about the show itself, but this is the first production of the National Tour so that's why it requires being written about. The show is so popular that it's been extended until September 10th and to be honest, I wouldn't be surprised if it were extended through the Holidays.
The thing with an actual Disney production, and not the faux kind like the last touring company of "Disney's Beauty and The Beast" presented by "not Disney," is that you get a REAL show. From the very opening notes of the orchestra you're swept away to the dessert and land of Agrabah.
The costumes were beautiful, brightly colored and the men were mostly shirtless - I was for once sad that I was three rows from the back instead of three rows from the front! For only the second "public" performance by this Cast, they have really pulled it together. There were a few klumps along the way, but there was nothing that was distracting or made you go tsk tsk.
I would seriously go again to just watch the Cave of Wonders/Friend Like Me number over and over.
This is the scene where Ali meets Genie for the first time and Genie sings "Friend Like Me" a nearly 8 minute long production number with nearly the entire cast jumping up from inside the stage, appearing in columns magically on stage, performing a magic chest trick, wearing rhinestone tuxedos that were blinding me three-rows from the back - it was spectacular and THEN there was the tap number, pyrotechnics and confetti! When the number finished the audience clapped for nearly 3 minutes, seriously we just clapped and clapped and clapped it was awe inspiring and probably one of the best scenes I have ever seen on stage, so much better than Be Our Guest - meh! The cast really pulled it together and presented a spectacular number, I can only imagine that it will get better the more they perform it.
|Yep, that's my view from my seats|
One of the nice things I like about being a subscriber - is getting to see the show EARLY, literally this was the second public performance of this cast and it's going to be running through September. I would like to go back and see it later this year if I can find some affordable tickets, just to see how much better they are going to get as they hit their marks, find their groove and really get into the show, I know they'll be phenomenal.
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