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The music from the movie musical Aladdin had a tuneful nature and much of the score you hear on stage at the New Amsterdam Theatre in the new Broadway musical based on the film will be familiar to you.
There are, however, some pleasant surprises. This eye-popping evening of candy-colored costumes and pyrotechnically enhanced effects also restores some of the original Alan Menken and Howard Ashman tunes that were cut from the original movie. Some songs make more of an impression (“Proud of Your Boy”) than others (“Babkak, Omar, Aladdin, Kassim”).
One thing is certain, if you take your children, they will be rapt in this production and you parents will get a chuckle or two yourselves.
The story is pretty much as you remember it. Street urchin Aladdin (here played by the charming and vocally talented Adam Jacobs) dashes through the town market getting into trouble. Along the way he meets Princess Jasmine (played to princess-y perfection by Courtney Reed). Jasmine must select a suitor who will ultimately take the place of her father, the Sultan (played by Broadway veteran Clifton Davis). She is tired of being cooped up in the palace under lock and key and has no interest in any of the princes who have shown up to woo her. She is a strong, independent woman who tells her father, “you can’t just pawn me off on any Tom, Dick or Hasseim that comes along.” She longs for excitement and finds it in Aladdin.