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Review: Aladdin (Prince Edward Theatre)

Saturday, 24th Feb 2018  

Disney's Aladdin - Prince Edward Theatre

Aladdin is the latest blockbuster Disney animation to make it on to the West End stage. Following the successes of Beauty and the Beast, Mary Poppins and the record breaking Lion King they continue their legacy of creating spectacular family musicals.

While the story of Aladdin is well known to British audiences as a regular title performed as a pantomime, this lavish Disney version is on a completely different scale. Oscar winner Alan Menken has adapted and reworked the music from the 1993 movie to create a rich and catchy score including several new songs with lyrics by Tim Rice and the late Howard Ashman with Chad Beguelin on the book.
 
Casey Nicholaw packs the stage with impressive ensemble numbers and set pieces and special effects (the magic carpet is totally captivating). The sets by Bob Crowley are jaw dropping. Dripping in gold and glitter, this is a feast for the eyes and ears.

The cast are also wonderful. Matthew Croke plays the titular role with charm and a lightness of touch. Trevor Dion Nicholas is utterly charismatic and delivers an award winning performance as the Genie, whose wit and charm is only surpassed by his show stopping vocals. Jade Ewen is captivating as the beautiful and strong willed Princess Jasmine. The stage bursts with energy, wit, colour and life from a cast whose joy beams from the stage and infects the audience with charm.  It is a perfect family musical.

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