So, let me start off by being honest. I’m not a theatre girl. Yes, I appreciate the arts, but I would much rather be taking in a game at the United Center or Wrigley Field. Why do I have this preference? Well, I guess I just never had the type of heart thumping experience in a theatre as I did at a stadium.
At least that was the case…until I saw Disney’s “Aladdin” at the stunning Cadillac Palace Theatre. Why my change of heart? Because honestly, I have never seen a theatre production as elaborate, high energy, and entertaining as “Aladdin.” It was perfectly suited to Chicago’s opulent and historic theatre in more ways than one and has turned me into a avid fan of Broadway in Chicago.
Thanks to Broadway in Chicago for hosting me for their Disney’s “Aladdin” Blogger Night. All opinions are my own.
As a little girl, I absolutely loved the Disney film and knew every single song by heart. And guess what? I still knew all of the words over 30 years later…and I wasn’t the only one singing along with the talented cast who put their own spin on the classic melodies. Although I wasn’t familiar with the new songs written just for the stage, they were tender and perfectly suited to the classic story.
Being accustomed to the animated film, I wasn’t sure how the cast and crew could create such a lively story on one simple stage. Boy was I wrong. The intricate, hand made costumes brought out each individual character’s personality, the scenery (including pyrotechnics, moving lights and even FLYING scenery) was truly eye popping and mesmerizing… I honestly never imagined that a magic carpet ride could be replicated with such grace and beauty. It is no wonder that the creative team behind “Aladdin” has won a cumulative 20 Tony Awards and I foresee many awards in their future.
The story of Aladdin follows a poor boy who falls in love with a beautiful princess and relies on a magical genie to impress her and be deemed worthy enough to become her husband. But in actuality, the theatrical team of “Aladdin” tells so much more.
Jasmine (Isabelle McCalla) perfectly portrays the smart, savvy, and strong female figure that serves as a great role model for audience members of all ages. Aladdin’s (Jacob Dickey) internal struggle to become a person that he is proud to be is something that anyone who watches the show can identify with. And finally, the Genie (Anthony Murphy) is the character that keeps us all wishing for and appreciating life’s greatest gift: freedom.
Personally, I think that this show should be renamed “Genie” because each and every scene featuring him was jaw dropping. From his orchestrated dances and hysterical songs to his dazzling performances (at one point he literally set of fireworks…words can’t describe how spectacular it was!), the Genie not only emerged from the lamp, but also as the true star of the show.
If you are looking for an opportunity to introduce your children to the magic of live theatre, act now. “Aladdin” is now playing for a limited premiere engagement through September 10th. With its magnificent artistry, it will keep even the most fidgety child swept up in Agraba’s enchanting story. My recommendation is to bring children seven years of age and older, since there are some dark and dramatic scenes that were a bit too scary for the young girls sitting next to me during our show. But if you have a brave young one, feel free to bring him/her along. The scariest scene is right before intermission and the rest of the show is smooth sailing (on a magic carpet, of course!) after that. I can assure you that your children, too, will turn into theatre lovers after enjoying “Aladdin.”
Looking for a discount for your family? Your wish is my command!
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Valid on Tuesday, Wednesday (matinee + evening), Thursday, Friday and Sunday evening performances July 5 through August 6*
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