Review | A Whole New World of Excitement
Michael James Scott (Genie). Aladdin North American Tour. Photo by Deen van Meer. © Disney
By Julia Kirchner
Pleasure Ridge Park High School, Class of 2020
Thursday night, the cast of “Aladdin” took over The Kentucky Center’s stage. High-spirited actors with big personalities told the story of the young man who fell in love with the princess of Agrabah. The story had many twists and turns, and there were many obstacles for the characters. However, the musical remained positive and was a charming production.
The captivating set designs and costumes gave the full Disney effect. Bright orange and purple backdrops pulled the audience right into the fictional marketplace where Aladdin (Clinton Greenspan) first saw Jasmine (Lissa DeGuzman). The two of them then flew on the infamous magic carpet in front of bright stars whilst singing “A Whole New World.” The costumes worn by the actors were similar to those seen in the 1992 film, making it seem as though they were really a part of the Disney universe.
The musical did an excellent job at keeping its viewers engaged. Michael James Scott as the genie provided plenty of comic relief to keep everyone watching by, for instance, making references to pop culture and portraying an over-the-top personality that stole the show each time he was on stage.
The choreography made the musical stand out with enthusiastic dancers filling the whole theater with energy.
The rest of the cast accurately portrayed their characters as well. DeGuzman as Jasmine often sang light and princess-like, and Greenspan portrayed an endearing Aladdin. The actors functioned well together as a whole, and the production ran smoothly. The choreography made the musical stand out with enthusiastic dancers filling the whole theater with energy. This was one of the most significant reasons why the show was so enjoyable.
This musical is both adult and child-friendly. Disney fans of all kinds will enjoy this rendition of #Aladdin.