Aladdin’s national tour recently kicked off at Proctor’s in Schenectady, NY.
Aladdin, the hit musical based on the Oscar®-winning animated film, made its Broadway debut at the New Amsterdam Theater to critical acclaim on March 20, 2014 and quickly established itself as one of the of the biggest new blockbusters of recent years, beating 14 new Amsterdam Theater House Records. Worldwide, it has welcomed more than 14 million people and can currently be seen on Broadway, Tokyo, the Netherlands, Mexico City and Stuttgart.
Produced by Disney Theatrical Productions, the show features music by Tony Award-winning, eight-time Oscar® winner Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast, Newsies, Sister Act) ), lyrics by Howard Ashman, two-time Oscar winner (Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid), three-time Tony Award winner and three-time Oscar winner Tim Rice (Evita, Aida) and six-time Tony Award nominee Chad Beguelin (The Wedding Singer), with a book by Beguelin, and is directed and choreographed by Casey Nicholaw Award Winner Tony (The Book of Mormon).
Find out what the critics think below!
Proctor’s Theater – Schenectady, NY
J. Peter Bergman, The Berkshire Edge: Add to the mix that human yeast that cranks up the whole show in the perfect confection, Marcus M. Martin could easily steal any show he appears on, but his spectacularly talented Genie threatens to do. . Instead, it’s one of the main ingredients in what appears to be the perfect wedding cake, a gift for those great bride and groom. He’s funny, graceful, a good singer and actor, and he gets into the picture and stays where he obviously belongs. Martin is the perfect man for this position. I can almost guarantee you’ll fall under her spell for the entire house and 30 minutes you’re in the theater.
Bill Kellert, Nippertown: Young and old, this production offers something for everyone. Children will be fascinated by the decors, the swirls of colors and the songs that have become part of their musical lexicon. The audience for Saturday’s performance was filled with many under-14s, all of whom sat with rapt attention throughout the nearly two-and-a-half-hour production. For the adults, we’ve been treated to the addition of plenty of jokes and gags that are sure to go over the heads of many of the younger audiences.
Paul Lamar, The Daily Gazette: I don’t think I’ll be seeing “Aladdin” again after my maiden voyage in the Disney franchise, but I found a lot to enjoy in the production from a purely theatrical standpoint without investing much thought in history (book by Chad Beguelin) or music (by Alan Menken). (I will observe, however, that the values that children can take away from dramatic events – friendship, self-discovery, honoring a promise, freedom, imagination, cooperation – are those that even grumpy people still need to remember.)
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