Running since February 2014 Disney presents the long-awaited stage adaptation of its animated blockbuster, featuring the hit songs from the film plus several more written for Broadway.
Disney's 1992 film, crafted from centuries-old folktales including "One Thousand and One Nights," was a huge hit at theaters and sold a record-breaking 25 million VHS recordings.
"Aladdin" was adapted for the stage by writer Chad Beguelin and eight-time Oscar-winning composer Alan Menken. The Broadway production is directed by Tony-winner Casey Nicholaw.
"Aladdin" on Broadway features Joshua Dela Cruz and Courtney Reed as Aladdin and Jasmine, Jonathan Freeman as Jafar (reprising his part from the movie), and Major Attaway taking on the role of the Genie - a somewhat unenviable task given Robin Williams' memorable film performance.
Tony winner James Monroe Iglehart played his final performance as the Genie on 2/19. Beginning 2/21, standby Major Attaway assumes the role.
Adam Jacobs, who originated the role of Aladdin, played his final performance 2/12. He is succeeded on an interim basis by his understudy, Joshua Dela Cruz.
The soundtrack for "Aladdin" won an Academy Award for composer Alan Menken and lyricists Howard Ashman and Tim Rice. Menken, also wrote songs for "The Little Mermaid," "Beauty and the Beast" and "Newsies."
Infectious and only mildly syrupy... a breezy insouciance that scrubs away some of the material's bland gloss...They have not been able to clear away all the underbrush of clichés. But the production's relentless razzle-dazzle and its anything-for-a-laugh spirit also infuse the show with a winking suggestion: If you can't be yourself, just be fabulous.
[A] perfectly lovely adaptation...a saccharine fairy tale for the kids cut by some sly, vinegary quips for their parents. The key Menken songs from the film are back, as well as songs dropped along the way that get well-deserved rebirths. Nicholaw juggles all of this with supreme skill, perfectly pacing the romantic with the comedic and the dancing.
September 17, 2015
Great show! The actor playing the genie stole the show. He deserved the 2014 Tony. Beautiful Art Deco theatre. Story was slightly different from movie. Events a little different, new characters, some missing characters, new songs. The actor playing Iago was exceptional too. He was only understudy but stood out. Iago is a human, not a parrot in the stage production. Some of the songs were originally created for the movie but were cut. They have been reused here. Very creative staging and set design. How do they do the costume changes right in front of you?
February 22, 2015
The show was spectacular, costumes and special effects
were awesome. The Genie brought incredible life to the show.
The theater balcony seating was terrible. Very steep, very tight seats, no room to move at all. The railing at the end of the stairways blocked the view of the stage.