Aladdin / our review
Shining shimmering SPLENDID
Aug 15th, 2018
SHINING SHIMMERING SPLENDID
I coined a new phrase in the middle of this show, a light bulb moment if you will, as I witnessed a plethora of lavish costumes and impressive sets brought to life by a giant cast of 39. This is the Disney Dollar! I wondered how other shows could ever compete with this spectacle? Disney is a big part of our lives and we reminisce over the fairytales that raised us and tucked us into bed at night, planting little seeds of hopes and dreams that someday we too would be swept away, that the bad guy would get caught, and that we would ultimately live happily ever after. We know the music, love the characters, and when the opportunity presents itself to see them live in action, we go! These magical stories have travelled the globe shedding light through books, merchandise, movies and more recently, the stage. Disney has truly shown us a whole new world - shining, shimmering, splendid!
This must put huge pressure on the company to meet audience expectations as it recreates the enchanted world of Agrabah. Luckily for Disney, incredibly talented designers Bob Crowley (Scenic Design) and Gregg Barnes (Costume Design) go above and beyond in bringing this vibrant, colorful, textured town to life - allowing each character to truly shine in their unique costumes.
While the Genie may only grant three wishes, I'm a big believer that wishes never run out, ever - so as I left the theatre and got my picture with the Genie's lamp, I gave it a little rub and made a wish that I would someday come back to see this wonderful production! It brings tears to my eyes knowing how special it is that we can keep these stories alive and pass them onto the next generation, and assure them that someday the bad guy will get caught, and that we can live happily now, and ever after.
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