Never had a show like this

Aladdin astounds with show-stopping showmanship

I’m just going to say this: Aladdin is a true spectacle. With fireworks, glitzy costume changes, showstopping musical numbers (literally) and some big voices, it was truly an astonishing experience. No expenses were spared, and it pays off. 

The show opened with Arabian Nights, with music heavily borrowed from the Disney production. The genie introduces the audience to Agrabah, a city where ‘everyone sings.’ The men were fabulous, executing sky-high jumps, and the girls were marvellous, dancing with cloths in rich colours fit for Prince Ali himself. The singing was overwhelmingly good. 

Other Disney classics, such as One Jump, and Prince Ali, were thoroughly enjoyed, with audience members clapping and singing along gleefully. New numbers, like High Adventure and Diamond in the Rough, were welcomed warmly into the Disney repertoire. However, nothing in Aladdin could have compared to the showstopping number Friend Like Me. This takes place in the Genie’s cave, which was dripping with gold and jewels. Trevor Nicholas tackles the beloved Robin Williams song with an urban, jazzy vibe that translated well into performance. His incredible abilities not only as a singer, dancer and athlete but also as crowd-pleaser made him the standout part of the show. Accompanied by golden clad dancers, fireworks and tap shoes, this ten minute extravaganza is the reason to come to Aladdin. 

Some other notable performances include Jade Ewen’s Jasmine, who borders on irritating but fits the role of the famous Disney princess well. Her voice is powerful, which she shows off in A Whole New World –– which is unfortunately completely upstaged by the magic carpet thrillingly and seemingly floating (created using illusory techniques by the skilled technicians) through a bedazzled night sky. Another thrilling technical moment is Jafar’s transformation from Vizier to Sultan to Genie: his clothes seemingly fly off him in a moment of breathtaking climax. Jafar is satisfyingly evil, with a frightening snake staff, evil cackle and hilarious sidekick in Iago that cement his status as ‘fairytale villain’.

Overall, Aladdin was a thrilling spectacle that wowed in the musical numbers. The actual story seemed a bit lost amongst the glittery dresses and sparkling castles: but I’m not complaining. 

Charlotte VII