If you're looking for a new Broadway musical to check out this summer, make sure it's Disney's Aladdin. Now playing at the New Amsterdam Theatre, the show is a delight for kids and adults of all ages.
Fans of the Disney film of the same name will notice a few changes to the script (Aladdin's monkey friend Abu is replaced with 3 male friends, for instance), but that in no way takes away from the story. The "About" page on the musical's website describes the show perfectly saying that it "sweeps you into an exotic world full of daring adventure, classic comedy and timeless romance."
For two hours and thirty minutes (with one intermission), you will be taken into Aladdin's life and world and be mesmerized by all that you see in front of you. The costumes are to die for and many, if not all, are encrusted with Swarovski crystals and are so similar to what you have all seen in the movie. Remember the magic carpet ride Aladdin and Jasmine go on? The magic carpet does actually fly in the show and will leave you wondering how the producers were able to do it.
The cast has nailed down each of their characters to a tee. The actor who voiced Jafar in the movie, Jonathan Freeman, actually plays Jafar in the musical, so that's about as authentic as you can get. The one actor who stole away the show (from my perspective anyway) was James Monroe Iglehart, who plays Genie. He had everyone in the theater laughing hysterically whenever he was on stage. If you thought Robin Williams mastered the art of being Genie, just wait until you see James Monroe Iglehart's take on the character.
Many of the shows from now through early June have limited tickets left, so you may have to wait a few weeks to get the seats most suitable to your liking. Tickets run from around $50-150 and will vary by seating location, performance date and time. Tickets are currently on sale through August 31, 2014.
The New Amsterdam theater is located at Broadway and 42nd Street.