Ramblings about entertainment, lifestyle and travel
When I was in New York last month I had to go and watch an obligatory broadway musical. Living in London I’ve seen all the big classics, including The Lion King, Phantom of the Opera (multiple times), Wicked and even Cats when it made its return this year. With that in mind I wanted to see something that I a) hadn’t seen before, b) couldn’t see in London and c) would make the list of a classic musical. That’s when I came across Aladdin. Being as last minute as I am, the musical was completely sold out and I mean not. a. single. seat.
Of course that’s a bit frustrating when you had it in your head you could get a discounted ticket an hour before the show and your options of meeting the above criteria are pretty limited. Willing to pay the price, I made my way down to the official box office, despite being told that was pointless. Determined to see it I chatted to the guys at the counter and as luck would have it, secured two tickets for myself and my cousin right by the stage. Admittedly, the tickets were expensive ($160 each), but it was so worth it.
From the producer of The Lion King, the beloved story of Disney’s Aladdin features all the movie’s classic songs from the film as well as new music written by Tony and Academy Award® winner Alan Menken. The set was stunning – colourful, imaginative and impressive (flying carpet, anyone?). The actors were incredible, with the genie, played by James Monroe Iglehart, being my favourite thanks to being both hilarious and brilliant – that man has a voice!
Throughout the musical I laughed so hard, while being absolutely mesmerised. I hadn’t seen Aladdin in quite a while, but as soon as it started it all came back to me, including those rather catchy songs. What made the musical even better was the fact that the cast added a little bit of ‘New York’ to it, with that attitude and personality shining through, making it the perfect musical to watch while in New York.
I have to say I’m baffled as to why it hasn’t made its way across the pond just yet (having been in New York since 2014), but if you’re making your way over, I highly recommend booking this show – and try to do it in advance as it’s a bit costly otherwise.
And if you need anymore convincing, have a look at this little sing-off between the cast of the Lion Kind and Aladdin earlier this month: