Disney’s Aladdin Musical is a MUST See!

featuring two North Texas natives in leading roles

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Disney Theatrical Productions under the direction of Thomas Schumacher presents Aladdin, the US tour, music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice, book and additional lyrics by Chad Beguelin, starring Clinton Greenspan (Aladdin), Kaena Kekoa (Jasmine), Zach Bencal (Babkak), Colt Prattes (Kassim), Ben Chavez (Omar) and Major Attaway (Genie) directed and choreographed by Casey Nicholaw

 

 

 

 

 

I’ll totally admit it, I wasn’t exactly excited about seeing Aladdin again. With the movie coming out — not to mention that for eternity I will  have “It’s a whole new world” memorized in my brain from watching the animated version on repeat with my little. It’s everywhere you turn. I mean the local children’s theater is even hosting a production in two weeks.

But it’s a thing now, and it’s a summer thing, so I’m here for it. When the media night invitation came around for the Dallas Summer Musical’s production, I raised my hand to catch the show. I’m so glad I did.

Okay, so after watching it,  NO JOKE — I can honestly say this is probably my favorite musical maybe of. all. time. Did I type that just now? Yep, I did. And I’ll own it. I freakin’ loved this musical.

Could it be because I knew every song by heart? I don’t think that’s it, but it helped.

Could it be because the funny parts were delivered so expertly that I found myself smiling through the whole thing? It’s proven, laughter is good for the soul. And that genie, yep… he stole the show. He earned that standing O.

Could it be because the message of female independence and the diversity of the cast is highly relevant in this amped up sensitive culture we’re in right now?  Timing is everything and this story is in its coming of age moment.

Could it be that my senses were on overload?  Aladdin is an EXPLOSION of color. The costumes were exquisite and the sets grand. Oh… the glitter! Even Genie had some!

Disney Theatrical Productions under the direction of Thomas Schumacher presents Aladdin, the new musical, music by Alan Menken, lyrrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice, book and additional lyrics by Chad Beguelin at the Ed Mirvish Theatre in Toronto, Canada, starring: Adam Jacobs (Aladdin), James Monroe Iglehart (Genie), Courtney Reed (Jasmine), Brian Gonzales (Babkak), Brandon O’Neill (Kassim), Jonathan Schwartz (Omar), Clifton Davis (Sultan), Don Darryl Rivera (Iago), Merwin Foard (standby Jafar/Sultan), Michael James Scott (standby Genie/Babkak) and Jonathan Freeman (Jafar) directed and choreographed by Casey Nicholaw

Annnd… Let’s back up and be shallow about that cast for a second. Not only were they exceedingly talented — so so talented, — the ENTIRE cast is Hollywoodesque attractive beyond measure. So yeah, eye candy never hurts show appeal.  For the first 10 minutes my brain wrestled with  how they got Bradley Cooper to take a role in it — until I realized it was merely his doppelgänger. More than just God-given physique, this cast’s energy and performance will convince you they are having the time of their life and happy people are beautiful people. Their smiles are infectious and quite frankly, if you’re not mirroring their mood, you’re dead inside.

Right day, right time, right date. I took my 11 year old on a Friday GNO who soaked up the whole thing. It was the best long-week wind down I could ask for.

Do I think you should go to this? Absolutely.

Should you bring the family? Absolutely. This is perfect for all ages. (Tip, rent a booster cushion for the performance so your tiny ones can have a good view)

Would even dad like it? Yep – there’s lots for dads to like in this princess musical (see above point re: cast, LOL). There’s even local talent, North Texas natives Clinton Greenspan (Aladdin) and Major Attaway (Genie). Tip: order dad an intermission snack before the show starts so drinks and food are waiting for him at a table during the break.

Catch this limited premier engagement of Aladdin through Sunday, June 23rd as part of the Dallas Summer Musicals. Performances at the Music Hall at Fair park run Tuesdays through Fridays at 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays at 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. There will also be a 1:30 p.m. matinee on Thursday, June 13.

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Tickets are on sale now at DallasSummerMusicals.org and can also be purchased in-person at the Music Hall at Fair Park Box Office Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Groups of 10 or more get concierge service and may receive a special discount on their tickets. To book a group, please call (214) 426-4768 or email [email protected].

VIP Ticket Packages, which include prime seat locations, a commemorative souvenir program and an exclusive merchandise item, are also available.

ABOUT:

Aladdin, adapted from the Academy Award®-winning animated Disney film and centuries-old folktales including “One Thousand and One Nights,” is brought to fresh theatrical life in this bold new musical. Aladdin’s journey sweeps 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. Its global footprint includes productions in Tokyo, Germany, London and Australia, in addition to the two U.S. productions.

Follow the show on Facebook: @AladdinUSA and Twitter: @aladdin and Dallas Summer Musicals at @dsmusicals

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