“Aladdin” is another musical adapted from one of Disney’s popular movies. “Aladdin” has a spreadable and only mildly syrupy spirit, as directed and choreographed by Casey Nicholaw, and book writer Chad Beguelin adaptation. What’s more, there are plenty of trinkets, bracelets and bead works.
It will elevate your enjoyment of “Aladdin” if you have a ravenousness for humor which has a greater emphasis on extensive comedy than Disney’s other stage musicals offers, and from the casual mechanics of its main storyline, frequently seems to ascertain to remain the viewer in a state of happily bedazzled diversion.
By her character, Jasmine stands up for her right to make a decision for herself as one of Disney’s earlier girl-empowerment character. Her character, now generic, might as well have courageously tattooed in henna on one hand, and “sweet” on the other, although she’s played with a likable light touch on stage.
One day, Jasmine meets Aladdin, who’s penniless but looker and lovable, fleeing from the palace in disguise to be one with the common people. Replacing the monkey, Abu, from the movie, Aladdin is always trailed by a trio of good-for-nothing buddies who trade irascible remarks and crack jokes as they plight a living by any means workable.
Unsurprisingly, and after a possible a few too many visits around the bazaar, this group succeeds over the scheming of the nasty Jafar. Jafar is played with feminine menace and great lashings of eyeliner, who has an animal sidekick, has also been changed into a human one, a mini-brute called Iago, as he scoots behind his evil overlord, mouth off his own steady stream of one-liners.
Most of the numbers tend to proceed by without making much of an impression, not involving chorus members in chest-baring vests and harem pants. On the positive note, the magic carpet which appears to float softly around the stage without benefit of any visible lifting apparatus, the Disney engineers have provided a skillful bit of wonder.
The Genie says to Aladdin, “Just be yourself,” when the lesson-learning time arrives. Its anything-for-a-laugh spirit also infuses the show with a winking suggestion, although the production’s relentless razzle-dazzle: Just be fabulous, if you can’t be yourself.