Aladdin The Musical — Reviews & Information

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May 26, 2020 · 6 min read

Do you want to see a story about magic, genies, evil plotting viziers, and a princess that gets saved by a street-smart bad boy? Well, “Aladdin: The Musical” is just the thing. It is perfect for all ages — from those 90’s kids that grew up with Disney’s animated movie and the TV series, and who are now parents, to their little kids, who are just visiting a Broadway show for the first time.

Yes, “Aladdin the Musical” is the descendent of that iconic Disney movie. We owe the stage incarnation to Chad Beguelin (book), Alan Menken (music) and Howard Ashman, Tim Rice and Beguelin (lyrics). All the action takes place in the “New Amsterdam Theatre”, or should we call it — Agrabah Theatre?

Plot Summary

Review of ACT I

Aladdin and the Gang on Broadway

Act I opens as iconic as it can — with “Arabian Nights”. Then the Genie introduces Agrabah. He introduces the Middle-eastern city as diverse, and probably that is why we are introduced to a couple of different scenes — Aladdin, along with his gang — Kassim, Omar, and Babkak, who are nothing more than a band of street thieves. And then we have Princess Jasmin, who is nagged by her father — the Sultan, for refusing yet another royal suitor.

At this point, we’re probably missing the villain. He’s the Grand Vizier, and he’s very busy plotting on how to overthrow the Sultan. He and Iago the parrot want to find “Cave of Wonders” and gain its immense powers. But it can only be entered by a “diamond in the rough”, who turns out to be Aladdin. They get an unexpected opportunity to “acquire” his services after he gets arrested for hanging out in Jasmine. They are discovered in his hideout, where they share their hardships after running into each other (without knowing who they are) in a locale. Aladdin takes up the task as a gesture of gratitude since Jafar saved his life.

Aladdin manages to find the lamp but is tempted by the treasures of the Cave. The powers of the Cave get angry and they seal Aladdin inside. Engulfed in darkness, he rubs the lamp and unleashes the Genie! He offers Aladdin three wishes (excluding murder, romance, resurrection, and…more wishes). And Aladdin does what he does best — he tricks the Genie to free them without actually making a wish, so the Genies colds him. Aladdin then proceeds to make a proper wish — to be a prince, so he can marry Jasmine!

Review of ACT II

Aladdin gets an official greeting by the Sultan, where he gets his blessing for their marriage. Since he’ll become a Sultan himself one day, Aladdin tries to save a wish “just in any case” but this upsets the Genie and he returns to his lamp. This triggers the final chain of events. Aladdin throws the lamp away, but Jafar finds it. He then wishes for Jasmin in chains and the crown. Both wishes are granted. But then Aladdin does it again — he tricks Jafar for wishing to become a genie himself. And he becomes a genie of immense power! But trapped in a lamp. Aladdin the proceeds to free the Genie with his last wish.

A friend like Aladdin! Or the Genie!

“Aladdin” gets the happy ending that both the characters and the audience deserve — Aladdin and Jasmine are married, Babkak, Omar and Kassim, and the Genie prepares for a vacation.

Reception and acclaims

Today’s cast is pure perfection — young, funny, and with amazing singing voices. Ainsley Melham starred as our lovable street(smart) thief Aladdin not once, but twice — once in Australia, and once on Broadway. Arielle Jacobs is superb as his royal wife — Jasmine.

“Aladdin the Musical” won one Tony Award out of its five nominations. James Monroe Iglehart received the honor for his role as the almighty Genie.

Music

Aladdin the Musical Seating Chart

Aladdin The Musical Seating Chart (New Amsterdam Theatre)
Aladdin The Musical Seating Chart (New Amsterdam Theatre)
Aladdin The Musical Seating Chart (New Amsterdam Theatre)

Ticket Availability and Prices for Aladdin on Broadway

The most expensive seats in the theater (the premium seats) are sold at $169.

Our suggestion is to try to purchase tickets in the middle range — offering good view of the stage and will not break the bank. The optimal trade-off is probably to buy tickets in the side orchestra for $89 — $99.

You can see a full list of Aladdin ticket prices and availability and buy it directly online here.

When to purchase tickets for Aladdin

Based on the sales and offers data from 2020, you should try to purchase your seats at least 3–4 days in advance. The box office at the New Amsterdam Theatre typically sells out a few hours prior to to start and if you wait to buy your seats on the same day you will only have access to about 15% of the seats.

Conclusion

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