Broadway Review – Aladdin the Musical

Posted June 13, 2018 by shooting in Cincinnati / 34 Comments

Aladdin the Musical: A Review

Aladdin The Musical at Aronoff Center in Cincinnati, Ohio

Review by Lauren

I’ve always been a huge fan of the animated film Aladdin, and it’s usually one of the first things I mention when asked about my favorite Disney film. Therefore, I’ve been really excited about seeing Aladdin the Musical. My parents got tickets this past Christmas for my sister and I, but it wasn’t until Sunday, June 3 that we were finally able to see the show.

If you like the movie, you’ll love the musical. I loved seeing these iconic characters come to life, and I especially enjoyed hearing the classic Aladdin songs live. In the musical, Aladdin has three best friends who are thieves, like him, and I really loved their addition. They were funny and added another layer to Aladdin’s character, since he’s an orphan in the movie and musical. I think the musical did really well bringing Agrabah alive, and I loved the sets and costumes.

As for Aladdin and Jasmine, both actors did a fantastic job. I love Jasmine’s spunk and that she doesn’t let anyone push her around. I know animated Jasmine was the same, but it’s just a good reminder in this day and age that women aren’t just here to marry. I have to say though that one of my absolute favorite characters is the Genie. He’s hilarious and fun, and the actor who played him must seriously have some great energy to play that role night after night!

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Being a stage play, the animals in the film are largely absent, except for Jafar’s right-hand man, Iago, except in the musical, Iago is an actual man and not a bird. He’s very parrot-like though, and I thought he was another humorous aspect!

Final thoughts? If you get the chance to see Aladdin: The Musical, please do! It’s fun, humorous, full of great music, and of course, lots of diversity as it takes place in the Middle East!


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34 responses to “Broadway Review – Aladdin the Musical

  1. I so need to watch more plays — this sounds amazing! The Genie is one of those characters I can’t separate from Robin Williams, I must admit.

  2. RO

    I used to go to so many plays and musicals when I was younger, and need to get back into it because I’m clearly missing lots of fun and entertaining treats! Hugs…RO

  3. I find it funny how so many Disney movies have become plays. I saw The Lion King on Broadway! I love the movie Aladdin too!

  4. Aladdin is my absolute favorite Disney movie! I’ll have to keep an eye out for any local theater’s picking up this play- it sounds like a must see!

  5. I need to look into tickets for my family. As a child, I had the opportunity to attend many musicals, as my father was a musician and played french horn for several organizations, including Virginia Philharmonic Orchestra, Virginia Opera, and as a member of the Army Band. It was always an honor to be able to go with him and experience a wide range of musical genres. I especially love musicals, and wish I could take my children more often to see live stage productions. This post brought back some happy memories for me. Aladdin is a favorite for my children, and it’s time they experiences a stage performance! Thanks so much for sharing your impressions of Aladdin!

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  6. Meg

    Awe!! I’m SO jealous!! I always wanted to do this! This sounds so incredible, I’m a huge Disney fan and this is definitely on my list 🙂 thanks for sharing!

  7. Oh, I LOVED the movie Aladdin, so I know I would love the broadway version no doubt. I’ve been wanting to see The Lion King musical as well.

  8. This musical was playing in the city really recently but I decided to give it a pass. Mainly because I have tinnitus and any loud sounds make it much worse (I listened to two songs at a live concert and had to leave because it hurt so much). I saw the ads on TV, though, and it looked so bright and colourful!! I’m glad it did justice to the original movie. I don’t like it when they change it too much. That’s one of the reasons why the stage musical of Beauty & the Beast didn’t work for me 🙁

    I think it’s sad that the animal characters weren’t there! I think they could have worked around it, surely. Done something a la The Lion King stage production? I think a tiger in hat fashion would be incredible. Even so, at least the parrot character was reminiscent of one!

    Lovely review, Lauren 🙂

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  9. Grace @ Rebel Mommy Book Blog

    I love musicals and this is on my list for when the kids get a tad older. Glad you enjoyed it!

  10. I’m glad you got to see it! It’s one of my fave Disney film too. I totally agree, Genie is the best! I can only imagine how great it must be to see it live. A whole different experience, yet familiar because we grew up with the film.

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  11. Have you seen the Aladdin musical at Disneyland? Well, now they’ve changed it to a Frozen musical, but it used to be an Aladdin show. They would fly out over the audience on the flying carpet — it was really amazing! I’d love to see the Broadway version!

  12. Oh man… I’ve been seeing this pop up on my radar for Cleveland and I couldn’t decide if I should go. The Disney movie is one of my absolute favorites. I think you may have just tipped the scales 😀

  13. Jen

    I have seen a kind of live version of this at Disneyland, and it was super good! In fact, anything Disney musical on the big stage is always fabulous! Glad you had a fun time 🙂

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