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Disney's Aladdin the Musical 2017 - Review

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Aladdin the musical will rub you the right way
aladdin the musical review melbourne
Ainsley Melham in the Cave of Wonders as Aladdin; Photo: Deen van Meer

Arabian nights meet Brooklyn lights and the Sultan meets the Three Stooges in the family-friendly hit broadway musical, Disney's Aladdin.

Theatre-goers can nearly catch a whiff of market spices in the opening scenes of Aladdin, with brilliant colours, iconic music, and sultry dancing.

Scenic design does not disappoint, as the spectacular theatrical rendition of Aladdin is brought to life. Reminiscent, of course, of the 1992 Disney film of the same name, the story is expanded and enriched on stage with unique elements, classic slapstick musical comedy, romance, and adventure. From the depths of the Cave of Wonders to the heights of a magic carpet ride, you will be taken away to a whole new world.

Ainsley Melham charms as Aladdin, albeit with a decidedly Brooklyn accent; definitely consistent with the American accents of the leads in the film.
aladdin the musical review melbourne

aladdin the musical review melbourne
Michael James Scott as the Genie- photo Deen Van Meer

Michael James Scott is a genie-us Genie, playing the audience with a charisma that helps the show poke fun at itself and rubs the audience the right way, if not for a few stray puns throughout the performance. He is one of the Americans in this Disney production, directed and choreographed by Casey Nicholaw, Bob Crowley (Broadway set design), Gregg Barnes (costumes) and Natasha Katz (lighting), plus a mostly local cast.

Watch for the secret gem in this production, Jafar's evil sidekick, Iago (Aljin Abella), now a person rather than the parrot of the film. Abu, Aladdin's kleptomaniac pet monkey in the film, has also been replaced with human sidekicks; three stooge-like friends (Adam-Jon Fiorentino as Kassim, Troy Sussman as Babkak, and Robert Tripolino as Omar) that add classic slapstick musical comedy to the show.

Whilst a few darker scenes do enshroud the stage, they are kept light with humour, ("What should we tell the spooky voice?"); my sensitive seven-year-old was comfortable throughout the performance; I wouldn't recommend bringing a child much younger than a keen five-year-old however.

aladdin the musical review melbourne
My daughter at Her Majesty's Theatre, Melbourne

Sons, here is your chance to really win Mum's love this Mother's Day: tickets to this performance. A theme woven throughout the show, from the opening scene to the final curtain, is Aladdin's heart-cry to make his late Mother proud of him.

aladdin the musical review melbourne
Cast of Aladdin - photo Deen Van Meer

Gravity-defying illusions, awe-inspiring pyrotechnics, and a hypnotizing orchestral score weave together the beautiful tapestry that is Disney's Aladdin the Musical. Book tickets before they move on to a whole new world.

Tickets on sale now; information:

Autism Friendly Performance: Her Majesty's Theatre, Melbourne: Saturday 12 August, 2017 at 1.30pm.

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Why? Explore a whole new world with Disney's Aladdin the Musical
When: Now through 22 October, 2017
Where: Her Majesty's Theatre, Melbourne
Cost: Tickets from $50 (restricted view)
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