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Aladdin: The Musical

A trip to the theatre will always be special.

The art of allowing a play to come to life, to captivate the audience, to allow their minds to be free from wonder, to allow them to have some time away from their phones.

I love the theatre. I’ve been lucky enough to have seen two wonderful shows: Blood Brothers and The Lion King which were both fantastic productions.

Aladdin has been my favourite Disney film since I can remember. There was something magical about the plot which always drew me in, left me wanting more and it was a film which I was able to watch time and time again.

For my 27th birthday, the Mr very kindly bought us tickets to see Aladdin: The Musicalwhile we were in London and so, on Thursday 4th January we attended the 7:30pm performance at the Prince Edward Theatre.

AladdinThe show began with the Genie (Trevor Dion Nicholas), welcoming the audience to Agrabah before the cast burst into song with Arabian Nights. Straight away, I knew that I was going to be in for a real treat.

As the plot began to focus on the story of Aladdin (Matthew Croke), my eyes couldn’t help but flicker from one actor to another. There was so much colour amongst the stage and my heart just filled with love as the plot came to life right in front of my eyes.

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{Photos: The Aladdin Website}

With Aladdin being one of the classic Disney films, everyone knows the plot and who the characters are. One element of the musical which I noticed was the new additional characters in both Aladdin and Jasmine’s lives. In the film, they only have the company of Abu, the monkey and Rajah, the tiger whereas in the theatre production, they have three friends who were brilliantly added into the plot.

I need to talk about my favourite bit.

I’ve mentioned this to everyone I know: parents, family members, in-laws, neighbours, fellow bloggers and even the post man.

The Genie is the star of the show and oh my, he is out of this world.

A Friend Like Me was utterly breathtakingly entertaining and don’t even get me started on how beautiful the staging was. The song takes place when Aladdin first meets the Genie in the cave before they embark on the adventure together and true to the film, the colours were as vibrant as you could possibly imagine. The entire stage was gold…

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With tap dancers, to singing lines from other Disney hits, to having the audience on their feet, Trevor played the Genie extremely well and if I’m being totally honest, he made the entire show. He had my face aching from smiling so much, I was tapping my feet along to the songs and when it ended, I wanted it to start all over again.

The entire cast allowed the story to flow so beautifully and before I knew it, it was time for A Whole New World..

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As Aladdin and Jasmine took to the magic carpet for the first time, I did think about how they could do it justice. Would you be able to see the string? Would it be mechanic? Who knows? What I do know is that when the entire stage went black and was lit up with stars, my jaw fell open. It was so beautiful that I don’t even care how they flew the magic carpet, I just know that I would never witness a musical quite like it.

Jasmine (Jade Ewen) was everything I expected of a Disney princess; true to her own, strong minded, fiercely independent, witty, a real romantic and a strong female lead. Jade played the leading lady very well and she has a stunning voice!

I wish I could go back to the theatre to watch it again.

There is so much more than I could say about the show, but you’d be reading for hours and quite frankly, you need to see it for yourself!

It was a birthday present that I’ll never forget.

EL xx
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5 thoughts on “Aladdin: The Musical

  1. I’d love to see this show! Lion King is by far my favourite musical I have ever seen and this is next on my list to go to! As much as I love a trip to London I hope they tour the UK like Lion King did so I can see it at my local theatre!

    Jess xx

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