Photo by Deen van Meer. Fans of Disney films and Broadway musicals are in for a treat. The national touring production of the Broadway hit Aladdin has rolled into town and will be at the Boston Opera House through August 5. Based on the enormously popular film of the same name, the stage musical tells the story of the self-possessed Princess of Agrabah, Jasmine, and the poor but ambitious street lad Aladdin, who passes himself off as a prince to woo her. Their burgeoning relationship is aided and abetted by a shape-shifting genie and a pair of memorable villains, making for a delightfully entertaining theatrical outing. There are plenty of sly references to classic Hollywood, TV game shows, and celebrities like Oprah Winfrey. The Magic Carpet, we are happy to report, remains and nearly steals the show.
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Based on the beloved animated film, the audience is whisked away to the mysterious and enchanted city of Agrabah. With colorful sets, dramatic lighting and amazingly intricate costumes, the story of Aladdin and the magic lamp comes to life. Plus, the brilliant acting and detailed choreography is extremely entertaining throughout the show. This musical presents the timeless tale of Aladdin, a poor boy, who falls for the smart and beautiful Princess Jasmine. After striking a deal for riches with the evil Jafar, Aladdin finds himself trapped in the Cave of Wonders with the magic lamp, a flamboyant genie and three wishes. They break free of the cave and Aladdin uses his first wish to become a prince with the hope of marrying Princess Jasmine.
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What makes Aladdin a more successful stage adaptation than either Beast or Mermaid is the clever but laid-back humor—rife with jokes and word play that defy demographic barriers, and with the accessible inside-theater references that are a Nicholaw hallmark—coursing through its gentle, unselfconscious critique of class and gender inequality. Jafar is still played, with delectable comic menace, by Jonathan Freeman, who originated the role on stage and screen, though other actors have, predictably, stepped into the younger principal roles. Musical theater veteran Telly Leung makes a surprisingly, fetchingly boyish Aladdin, with a tenor as bright and brassy as a polished lamp. That message is not contradictory, as heart, and humor, are what sustain Aladdin , all that scrumptious eye candy provided by renowned scenic designer Bob Crowley and costumer Gregg Barnes notwithstanding. More than four years after opening night, the musical is still a balm and a tonic—with perhaps a bit more punch nowadays. Reviewed: September, Twitter: ElysaGardner. Email: elysa nystagereview. Skip to main content Skip to primary sidebar Skip to footer Share this