I'm a freelance writer living in the Eastern Suburbs of Melbourne. I'm a lover of theatre, soccer and making the most of life.
From the moment the curtains open, you are transported into a magical Arabian Market where all your senses come alive. You can almost smell the sweet aroma of spices waft across the stage as they follow the lavish reds, golds, purples and silvers the cast are wearing.
All that glitters is definitely gold. Photo by Deen Van Meer
Being an avid theatre lover, I have been privileged enough to attend many shows over the years, but Aladdin, without a doubt, will be the one I remember most vividly for three main reasons. The amazing set created for the scene in the cave, the fabulous costumes and, of course, it goes without saying the brilliant portrayal of the Genie by Michael James Scott.
I would use one of those wishes to make sure Genie was on stage more. Photo by Deen Van Meer
The Genie was undoubtedly the character that everyone fell in love with most and while Aladdin and Jasmine held their character's perfectly, I think the director knew that they would not be able to compete with Genie and therefore did not try to make them do so.
With literally a month left to see Aladdin, you really need to immerse yourself in the Arabian Nights and enjoy the pure indulgence of the set and costumes.
I, for one, am glad that I ventured out to see this. Take the kids too as they will love this and the fevered activity, array of colours and the engaging characters. Jafar, Sultan, Lago and Genie will keep them entertained for the whole play and if you can count how many costume changes take place at the start of the second act, you are a better person than I am.
On a personal level, I have to give a shout out to Troy Sussman as Babkak, who I thought was amazing. Do yourself a favour and book a ticket before it leaves Melbourne.