Review: Aladdin – The Musical

Published on July 25, 2018
Categories - Blog, Event Review, Read About

Disney’s Aladdin – The Hit Broadway Musical, gracing stages since 2011, is now showing at Perth’s Crown Theatre. It is based on the 1992 Disney film of the same name, which was originally based on the Arabic folktale of the same name from One Thousand and One Nights.

The story follows Aladdin, an ‘Arabian street urchin’, who finds a magic lamp containing a genie. In order to hide the lamp from the Grand Vizier, he disguises himself as a wealthy prince and tries to impress the Sultan and his daughter.

The story of Aladdin is filled with magic, which the team behind the live show have woven through this performance. The set design makes use of all the technology and grandeur of this amazing venue. With giant, innovative scenery that changes regularly, this show will take you on a magic journey featuring a flying carpet, rooftop chases and a magic cave.

With an all-star cast, the fictional city of Agrabah – a place of colours, smells and sounds that delight the senses – comes alive before your eyes. Playing Aladdin, WAAPA graduate Ainsley Melham gives a wonderful performance and is a perfect choice for the role. Jasmine, played by Shubshri Kandiah, is the quintessential Arabian princess, and of course, no Aladdin would be complete without the Genie – played by understudy Anthony Murphy for this performance. Who wouldn’t love this lively character with his Oprah-like generosity, wisecracks and message of sky-high self-love?

Rounding off the main cast are Adam Murphy (Jafar), Aljin Abella (Iago) and George Henare (Sultan) as well as Aladdin’s sidekicks Kassim (Adam-Jon Fiorentino), Babkak (Roy Sussman) and Omar (Adam Di Martino). The supporting cast keeps the stage alive with some fantastic dance numbers that include the wonderful music this show is famous for. Of the 19 songs that make up the show, 4 new songs have been devised that were not part of the film.

With a total of 337 costumes in this production, there are many costume changes, and each time the audience is treated to another wonderful set of colourful, vibrant and spectacular outfits. The glittering costumes of the Sultan, Jasmine and Aladdin really help portray the royalty of the trio.

Illusion Designer Jim Steinmeyer has been called “the celebrated invisible man, designer and creative brain behind many of the great stage magicians” by The New York Times, and he doesn’t disappoint  The show is jam-packed with spectacular effects that add to the overall magical atmosphere, including transforming costumes (still trying to work out how they did that!), pyrotechnics, lighting and interactive scenery.

There is also the wonderful addition of the live orchestra, which gives an extra dimension to the atmosphere and adds depth to the musical numbers.

Aladdin – The Musical is a 5-star experience that will delight audiences both young and old. If you are looking for a performance with a world-class cast, phenomenal scenery, jaw-dropping illusions and a timeless tale, look no further than Aladdin.

Aladdin is playing at Crown Theatre through to October 2018. Find more information here.

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