Theatre review by Steve Duffy –
Aladdin, adapted from the Academy Award®-winning animated Disney film and centuries-old folktales including “One Thousand and One Nights,” is brought to fresh theatrical life in this bold new musical. Aladdin’s journey sweeps audiences into an exotic world of daring adventure, classic comedy, and timeless romance. This new production features a full score, including the five cherished songs from the Academy Award-winning soundtrack and more written especially for the stage.
Clinton Greenspan makes a suitable and dashing Aladdin.
Isabelle McCalla plays the headstrong Princess Jasmine. Not the strongest character of the show, but for what she was given, she still manages to shine.
The musical really comes to life when sassy and fast-talking Michael James Scott makes his grand entrance as the Genie. His bigger-than-life personality is the shot of energy that was needed and goes missing every time he is not on stage.
Regularly throughout the show, the dastardly Jafar (Jonathan Weir) and his immensely funny sidekick Iago (Jay Paranada) banter back and forth about their evil plan to rule Agrabah.
The set designs and costumes (so many amazing costume-changes!) are a visual feast with all the razzle-dazzle needed to make the show come to life right before your eyes.
Aladdin is the perfect magical night out for the entire family!
Running Time: 2 hours and 30 minutes (includes 15-minute intermission)
Tickets for Aladdin can be purchased at Ticketmaster 866.870.2717, and by visiting www.BroadwayInBoston.com. Tickets will also be sold directly at the Boston Opera House Box Office.