Thursday, August 2, 2018

Aladdin at the Boston Opera House Recap

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I was fortunate to see Aladdin on Friday, July 20th. Not only was the musical at the gorgeous Boston Opera House, but my fiancé, my two friends and I had amazing seats! We sat in the front row of the dress circle and I highly recommend dress circle seats over orchestra seats. Not only do you have a fantastic view of the stage but dress circle seats are probably some of the best seats I've ever had. It's probably due to the fact that the front row has more leg room and no one in front of you to obstruct your view.

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With its magical lamp and enchanted carpet, Aladdin took musicals to a whole new level. Of course, the Genie stole the show! Michael James Fox was phenomenal! Just enough comedy to make the audience laugh but he really carried out the show. I loved how he starts off the show with pulling out Red Sox hat from his pocket instead of the magical lamp.

The ensemble kicked ass with the wonderful choreography and the constant costume changes. The special effects were in your face in a good way from sparklers to flowing streamers. It brought the show into a more animated experience. Not only were classic songs sung but there are new numbers too. Because the show couldn't have animals on set, Iago was still Jafar's right hand man to handle all the dirty deeds and also as a laughing companion. Abu was replaced by three friends named Kassim, Babkak and Omar. But Abu's photo did show up on a sign! I was a little sad that Rajah wasn't seen on stage. Three handmaidens replaced Rajah as Jasmine's companions. The creepy cave voice was perfect for the Cave of Wonders. it added just the right amount of mysteriousness. Although some of the details from the beloved animated film was omitted, the musical followed the main premise of the storyline. However, I felt the end was rushed a bit with Jafar's wishes.

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Welcome to Agrabah! Aladdin is colorful, splendid and sensational! It's a musical for all ages and it's probably the best musical I've seen live. I highly recommend it seeing it at least once if not more. Join Genie, Aladdin and Jasmine for a ride of a lifetime.

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