One of Broadway’s newest additions, Aladdin, is a huge success. It was remarkable to watch the classic Disney fairytale move to the stage and lights of Broadway, New York. Enjoyable to people of all ages, it was just in general an amazing production.
Aladdin (the musical) is nearly identical to the movie. With the play, there was an ensemble that sang and danced the popular, beloved songs. It was interesting to see the successful changes made to create a live, stage-centered version of the famous movie.
It was also a comedy, with slight additions that pick up modern humor and references. At one point, the genie ‘dabbed’, which was unexpected and hilarious. The gift shop cashier said that “the genie does something new every time, and you never know what it’s going to be.” Clearly James Monroe Iglehart, who plays the genie, understands modern teenage humor.
New human characters took the place of animal sidekicks. Aladdin’s monkey in the movie, Abu, was replaced by three young men named Babkak, Omar, and Kassim. They are Aladdin’s best friends and partners in crime. Jafar’s parrot, Iago, was replaced by a short, funny man of the same name. (Fun fact: the man who plays Jafar—Jonathan Freeman—is the same man who voices him in the original movie.)
Aladdin (Adam Jacobs) and Jasmine (Courtney Reed) were modernly tweaked mimics of their part, with great singing voices and humor. In my opinion, Aladdin was a fantastic modernized play, shaping the movie in a new, hilarious fashion. I highly recommend it and encourage you to go and see it.