Premiering on 21 July, Broadway sensation, Aladdin is taking guests on a magical journey across the city of Agrabah.
Magnificent story sites such as the marketplace, Sultan’s palace and Cave of Wonder will be recreated using 60 tonnes of automation and staging. Furthermore, glittering costumes with up to 500,000 Swarovski crystals will leave you in awe.
Singapore is the English-language production’s first and only stop in Asia. The production will commence at the Sands Theatre with principal cast: Gareth Jacobs as Genie, Graeme Isaako as Aladdin and Shubshri Kandiah as Jasmine.
Tuesday to Friday – 7.30pm
Saturday – 2pm and 7.30pm
Sunday – 1pm and 6.30pm
The musical rendition of Disney’s Aladdin lines up closely with the plot of the Disney film. The spectacular performances and extravagant stage designs definitely left us in awe. Listen out for the modern references in dialogues, and nods to the local culture. Aladdin’s (Graeme Isaako) journey is filled with a series of heartfelt desires and comical turn of events. He went from a peasant with a yearning to make his mother, “Proud of Your Boy” to becoming Prince Ali of Ababwa for Princess Jasmine (Shubshri Kandiah).
Genie (Gareth Jacobs) is certainly the MVP in the musical. Sassy and flamboyant, Genie is the force behind Aladdin’s transformation into Prince Ali. The trust between them sparks from Aladdin’s promise to free Genie from the lamp and realised in the end when Aladdin sacrificed his own wish to remain a prince in order to obtain Genie’s freedom. This unexpected brotherly affection is heart-warming to see throughout the musical.
A tale of brotherhood and romance
On the other hand, the romance between Princess Jasmine and Aladdin is heartening too. In particular, Princess Jasmine in the musical is the embodiment of a modern woman – strong, independent and knows what she wants. She met her perfect match in Aladdin when he expresses his admiration and respect for her. As the magic carpet rose into the air with the two lovers singing “A Whole New World”, the bliss in their eyes was unmistakeable.
Babkak (Troy Sussman), Omar (Adam Di Martino) and Kassim (Rob Mallett), played Aladdin’s band of brothers who supported him in many hilarious ways. Their relationship goes beyond being a group of friends who monkeyed around the marketplace. In fact, they went on a “High Adventure” to save Aladdin after he was imprisoned by Jafar. Furthermore, the antagonists in the musical, Jafar (Patrick R Brown) and his sidekick Iago (Doron Chester), were great in their villainous roles. Their maniacal laughters and entertaining acting absolutely left a mark in our hearts.
Ultimately, Disney’s Aladdin Broadway Musical is one production you cannot miss.
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