It feels like it has been a lifetime since I last sat down to write a theatre show review! Today I am back with a review of a show I saw at the beginning of December 2017, Aladdin: The Musical in the West End.
A little about Aladdin: The Musical
Aladdin: The Musical opened in London’s West End in May 2016 after being on Broadway since July 2011.
Aladdin is a story of a young man who lives in Agrabah and has no money where he will thieve from local vendors to live. The other story of Aladdin is the one of Princess Jasmine who lives in the Palace of Agrabah. She wants to escape the Palace and live life like a normal person.
One day she sneaks out of the Palace and runs into Aladdin in the Market.
After Princess Jasmine is caught with Aladdin, it is thought that Aladdin has something to do with Jasmine going astray and his punishment will be death, until he is saved by Jafar.
Jafar (who is a worker of the King and very evil), makes Aladdin enter into the Cave of Wonders and retrieve the Gold Lamp.
I know I have missed out a lot of the story, but I didn’t want to spoil anything in case some people are unfamiliar with the story of Aladdin.
My Thoughts on the Show
The show is packed with colour, amazing music, great actors, actresses, dancers and singer; but under all that, I was left a little disappointed overall with the show.
Now I don’t think this is any reflection on the show at all, nor do I think it is a reflection of the cast. I felt like I had stepped into a Pantomime at times through the show and it was a little up and down. For example, the magic carpet and the Cave of Wonders are truly magical. The set of the Cave of Wonders was GOLD, glittery and altogether breathtaking, but then on the flipside, there were the parts where Jafar and Lago were on set and the audience would start boo-ing – something that I wouldn’t expect in a West End performance.
Saying all this, I thought the Genie was the absolute star of the show! I felt privileged to be watching the original Genie from the Broadway Show himself; Trevor Dion Nicholas. He was amazing as the Genie and really made the show what it is now. His voice was powerful, his outfits were a credit to the show – actually, all the costumes are stunning in the show – and his performance was perfect.
My Overall Review & Rating
I have given Aladdin: The Musical 3 stars out of 5. The show overall was good, but there were elements which I would like to see changed, such as the boo-ing from the audience and the way Jafar portrayed more as a Pantomime Baddy.
Location – Prince Edward Theatre, Old Compton St, W1D 4HS
Date Seen – Thursday 7th December 2017 (Matinee Performance)
Running Times (including interval) – 2 hours & 30 minutes
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