Friday, January 13, 2017

Day 2647 - Disney Aladdin, A Whole New World - Sydney

Have you seen Aladdin yet?



For Christmas the kids and I received tickets to Aladdin.  Definitely one of our favourite presents.

We headed to Sydney this week to claim our gifts and I can quite honestly say (despite the little nap I took at the beginning) Aladdin is one of my favourite musicals to date.



The nap was due to my exhaustion rather than the show itself.  While I did find Aladdin a little slow to start, it didn't take long for the glitter and amazing colour to wake me up and have me on the edge of my seat.  (A big bottle of Pepsi also helped.)

Image thanks to Capitol Theatre

The story itself runs very much in line with the animated Disney movie.  It has similar humour and the same soundtrack.

What the movie doesn't have is the sparkle of the stage production.

The set design, costumes and special effects in Aladdin are quite simply spectacular. They have somehow managed to create a set steeped in magic and covered in gold without it coming across as tacky and cheap.

Of course the singing and the dancing is of a level you'd expect a Broadway production to be.  It's the special effects that raises Aladdin to another level with pyrotechnics to convey magic and villainous behaviour, and a very believable flying carpet able to carry Aladdin and Jasmine into the moonlit skies.

Image thanks to Capitol Theatre
Of course Ainsley Melham as Aladdin is the star of the show (well, it's called Aladdin, so ... der) but it was the Genie that had me wanting more.

I wondered how they would bring the Genie to life on stage with the same easy wit of the movie, given Robin Williams' boots were very big boots to fill.  But Michael James Scott managed to not only match Robin Williams in entertainment value but also create his own very unique spin on Genie's personality.

Other standouts for me include Aljin Abella as Iago and Troy Sussman as Babkak purely for the humour they brought to the stage.

Hiba Chikhe was a beautiful Jasmine with her delicate frame and sassy attitude making for a feisty Disney princess.

If you have not seen Aladdin yet, be sure to check it out.  It is currently showing in Sydney and will open in Melbourne in April.  It is worthy to note that they have autism friendly performances of this production.

Have you seen Aladdin?

What was the last stage production you saw?

Any shows you'd recommend? 





13 comments :

  1. You had me with the sparkles, dancing and the pyrotechnics.

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    1. The fun thing about the pyrotechnics is they have managed to create that atmosphere without there actually being fireworks. Quite amazing.

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  2. I haven't been but have been wondering...the youngest didn't seem keen so I didn't bother, but maybe I should....

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    1. I wasn't all that keen either, but I'd heard good things so thought I'd give it a go. I'm very happy I did.

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  3. Oh that looks like so much fun! I'm not normally one for musicals, but you've got me convinced. In for a penny in for a pound I say, and this looks like sensory overload!

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    1. Yeah, as I said I found it slow to start, but the special effects definitely had me glued.

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  4. Oh I would love to see this production and I'm hoping it comes to Brisvegas.

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  5. I really want to see this! The last one I saw was the Bobby Darrin story which we quite enjoyed :)

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  6. Glad you got a nap in... and that you enjoyed the show! Now I have "that song" in my head. D xx

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  7. I loved every minute of Aladdin and seeing this post has reminded me I must try and get tickets to see it one more time before it leaves town! We actually saw a slightly less dazzly version at Disneyland a few years ago, so I was extra excited when it went to Broadway. I loved the costumes, the magic carpet and the genie! What a cracking Christmas present!

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