Review | ‘Aladdin’ Sets Sail with Wonders
Michael James Scott (Genie) & Ensemble. Photo by Deen van Meer. © Disney
By Gracie Vanover
Floyd Central High School, Class of 2020
As beautiful stars fill the room depicted on stage along with the silhouette of a hazy moon, a magical carpet glides seamlessly across the sky. A lovely princess and secretive prince sit together on it singing gracefully of a journey and a whole new world for both of them.
The ever so lovely scene featuring the song “A Whole New World” is an eye-catching part of the applaudable “Aladdin” that opened Thursday. #Aladdin, the Broadway play hit based on of the 1992 Disney film, recreates the fantasy city of Agrabah and the tale inside of it. The musical is a true sight to see.
With old and new songs, viewers can hop right into the show as every song works as a very transitional vehicle to push the show forward.
This show provides hit songs from the film such as “Friend Like Me,” performed by the joyous Genie (Michael James Scott), and introduces songs such as “Babkak, Omar, Aladdin, and Kassim.” With old and new songs, viewers can hop right into the show as every song works as a very transitional vehicle to push the show forward.
The sets for scenes are marvelous and eye-catching. In The Cave-of-Wonders scene, designer Bob Crowley creates a magnificent glittering cave of jewels and riches. Other scenes, such as the “A Whole New World” scene, are spectacular.
Distinguishable costumes by Gregg Barnes helped truly create a magical Arabic township that filled the audience’s eyes with properly placed sequins and jewels. Barnes also created pieces used to pull off incredibly fast and flashy costume changes for characters like Jafar (Jonathan Weir).
Scott as Genie was funny and lovable, providing wonderful comedic relief. Often talking directly to the audience with sassy comments, Scott made the Genie the whole package for his character.
Overall, this spectacular #Disney original film transferred nicely into a musical and made for great and comedic show for an audience of all ages.