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6 Reasons to See Aladdin on Broadway

October 08, 2015 by Alyssa

Aladdin the Musical

Aladdin the Musical opened on Broadway in 2014 and follows a long line of Disney stories made more dazzling and exciting when told on stage. If you’re an Aladdin fan and think you don’t need to see the stage adaptation of a movie you already know by heart, you should think again. From glowing critics reviews to mesmerizing choreography and costumes, Aladdin on Broadway offers plenty of reasons to see this production live in New York.   

1. James Monroe Iglehart shines as The Genie.

One of the most beloved characters of Disney’s “Aladdin” is Robin Williams’ The Genie. Similarly, in the Broadway version, James Monroe Iglehart’s The Genie is one of fans’ favorite parts of the show. The singer originated the role during the musical’s Seattle trial, and then later won a Tony Award for his stellar performance.


2. The rest of the Aladdin cast is also pretty spectacular.

Aside from Iglehart, the other players in the Aladdin musical bring their own special talents to the stage. Leading lady Courtney Reed (Jasmine) previously performed in Broadway’s “In the Heights” and “Mamma Mia!,” while her costar Adam Jacobs (Aladdin) was a key performer as Simba in “The Lion King” and Marius in “Les Miserablés.” And Jonathan Freeman, the original voice of Jafar in the 1992 animated film, returns to make his role a reality in this live action musical.


Aladdin Broadway Cast


3. Detailed costumes give new form to beloved characters.

One of the best parts of Disney’s Aladdin movie was the beautifully complex costumes on each character. For the Broadway musical, Tony winner Gregg Barnes translated Disney’s original vision from screen to stage with his spot-on designs.


Jasmine Costume | Aladdin Broadway


Aladdin Costume | Aladdin Broadway


Jafar Costume | Aladdin Broadway


Genie Costume | Aladdin Broadway


4. And whimsical sets bring the world of Aladdin to life.

From desert hills to city streets to palace halls, the sets of Aladdin on Broadway transform the New Amsterdam Theatre into the city of Agrabah. The beautiful scenic design of the musical is due to the work of another Tony-winning creative, Bob Crowley.


Agrabah City Set | Aladdin Broadway


Cave of Wonders Set | Aladdin Broadway


Friend Like Me Set | Aladdin Broadway


5. Aladdin the musical includes some of the most fun songs in the Disney songbook.

With Aladdin Broadway tickets, fans get to watch this talented cast deliver exhilarating song-and-dance-filled performances of favorites like “Friend Like Me” and “Prince Ali,” along with new songs like “These Palace Walls” and “A Million Miles Away.”

Get a preview of what you’ll hear live via this Spotify playlist of the Aladdin Broadway cast recording.




6. Critics have sung praises for Aladdin on Broadway.

Theater critics who’ve seen Aladdin on Broadway have sung its praises as a show that breaks away from overdone children’s show clichés. Entertainment Weekly’s Thom Geier recommended the musical, saying, “Overall, this is one of the better Disney stage musicals.” The New York Times’ Charles Isherwood also praised that Aladdin exceeded his expectations with its “infectious and only mildly syrupy spirit.”

Whether you’re taking the whole family to the show or just revisiting a childhood favorite, Aladdin the musical is a perfect show to experience the magic of live theater.


Aladdin the Musical
New Amsterdam Theatre - New York, NY
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