Brought to you from the dazzling and mysterious Land of Agrabah
(Our writers went to watch Aladdin the Musical at Sands Theatre last Friday, and this is totally a review, no matter what the title says.)
Aries (Mar 21 to Apr 19)
You are one of the first people in this country to have watched Aladdin the Musical and your review was probably the one this writer read before writing her own. If you are not, then why have you not?!
Taurus (Apr 20 to May 20)
You will love Aladdin the Musical for everything that is gold and old. Nod along to our favourite Disney tunes of our childhood and be prepared, there may be more Easter Eggs to other Disney classics than you initially thought there would be.
Gemini (May 21 to Jun 20)
Who would you marry, Aladdin the Street Rat, or Prince Ali of Ababwa? Personally I hold a little soft spot for the additions of Aladdin’s best friends in the musical, which I feel also added a slightly different dimension to the story on top of its romance. Can’t decide if you like romance better, or the boyish adventures better? Aladdin the Musical gives you both!
Cancer (Jun 21 to Jul 22)
Seated beside me during the musical was a lovely couple, roughly my grandparents’ age, just as bedazzled by the 500,00 Swarovski crystals (ow, my eyes) on stage as I was. Aladdin the Musical is a fantastic Broadway spectacular that you can bring your family to.
Leo (Jul 23 – Aug 22)
Sorry, wrong musical. Lion King was last season.
Virgo (Aug 23 – Sep 22)
At the beginning of the musical, the Genie promised us that everybody in Agrabah sings and dances, and most importantly, 0% body fat. More than that, what appealed to my OCD self was the perfect movement coordination, amidst the cacophony of colours was how well these colours and movements fit and flow so organically with one another.
Libra (Sep 23 – Oct 22)
If I had any complaints about the show, it was that the second half after the interval was a little too short. If you are like me, it will be difficult to decide if you want to watch the show again. Or just beg for a longer show.
Scorpio (Oct 23 – Nov 21)
If you need any reminder that there is still magic in this world, then Aladdin the Musical is the perfect choice! This production combines the best of Disney magic, automation, and stage magic to re-create the fantasy world of Agrabah. The entire sequence in the Cave of Wonders, followed by the Genie’s self–introduction number of “Friend like Me” was one that kept me glued to my seats, my eyes on the stage, in stunned silence.
Sagittarius (Nov 22 – Dec 21)
The wanderlust is calling! Let Prince Ali show you a whole new world, shining, shimmering, splendid! This production of Aladdin the Musical brought in 40 tonnes of exotic flying scenery and 60 tonnes of automation and staging in more than 30 shipping containers. At some point you forget that you are in a theatre and just immerse yourself in the colourful world that Aladdin the Musical has created for you.
Capricorn (Dec 22 – Jan 19)
What made Disney so exceptional for me is that you can’t help but also love the villains (except the guy who shot Bambi’s mom.) Maybe you don’t agree. But you have to give a thumbs up to Jafar and Iago for their commitment to villainy, with dramatic robes and well-timed evil laughter included.
Aquarius (Jan 20 – Feb 18)
Maybe magic is not your thing. (But if that’s the case, why are you still reading a review of a Disney musical?) Perhaps numbers would be. The animated film Aladdin was released by Disney in 1992 and was a critical and box office smash, grossing over $500 million worldwide (not adjusted for inflation) and becoming the highest-grossing film of the year. Aladdin the Musical, if anything I feel, has outdone its animated origins, establishing itself as one of the biggest new blockbusters in recent years, breaking 14 New Amsterdam Theatre house records and welcoming close to 10 million people worldwide.
Pisces (Feb 19 – Mar 20)
There is this one moment in the show, when you can hear the entire audience just sucked in their breath, held it for a moment, and then exhaled with a ‘wow’. Yes, the magic carpet flies and there is no other way to describe it, except wow. Just, wow.
The Broadway sensation Aladdin is now playing at Sands Theatre at Marina Bay Sands until September 1 to a limited season of only 50 performances. Singapore is the first and only Asian stop for this English-language production. (Tickets are available from $68.)
Photos courtesy of BASE Entertainment Asia
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