That's right Disney fans. Aladdin and his magic carpet are set to fly on Broadway beginning tonight. The show which is set to open on March 20 at the New Amsterdam Theater is based on the 1992 movie of the same name. Now for those of you who read my blogs know that I am not exactly the biggest Disney fan in the world. I've never seen the movie although I am familiar with a couple of the songs. "A Whole New World" of course being the most well known one of the bunch.
The movie which was only ninety minutes is now a two-act musical complete with new songs and three new characters that were cut from the film. Tony Award winning director and choreographer Casey Nicholaw (The Book of Mormon) had this to say about the similarities as well as the differences between the movie and the new Broadway production.
"You kind of begin with the movie. That's kind of where you have to begin. We're taking a lot of stuff that was originally in the movie that was cut from it. There's like six songs that were originally in it, and there's three characters that were originally in the movie that were cut, so it's about bringing those guys back on stage." Now for those of you like me who have never seen the movie here is a brief synopsis of Aladdin from the show's official website.
Aladdin, adapted from the Disney film and centuries-old folktales including 'One Thousand and One Nights' is brought to fresh theatrical life in this exuberant new musical. Aladdin's journey will sweep audiences into an exotic world of daring adventure, classic comedy and timeless romance. This new production features a full score, including the five cherished songs from the Academy Award winning soundtrack and more written especially for the stage.
Now since Beauty and the Beast first premiered on Broadway in 1994 Disney has produced seven other shows on the Great White Way. Of those only two are were flops. Tarzan and The Little Mermaid. The show which first opened in Toronto last year did not get the greatest reviews. Of course neither did Wicked and we all know how that turned out now don't we?
Will Aladdin be another success for the all mighty mouse or will it fall flat on it's face? We will soon find out.Now for those of you looking to purchase tickets to see this show or any of the other Disney shows on Broadway you have come to the right place my friends. That's right. We sell them all. Well that and every other show and event in New York. Get your tickets to see Aladdin at the New Amsterdam Theatre on Broadway. Until next time theatre fans.
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