Besides the fact that we almost froze (more about that here), one of the biggest highlights of our trip was a major check off my bucket list. For any of you that might not know, I am a huge Disney Fan. Aladdin is my absolute favorite movie. So much so, it was our wedding theme. ;)
To quote one of the lyrics from the show, "It's the plot that you knew, with a small twist of two, but the changes we made were slight". In this stage version of the 1993 film, our favorite characters have been given a lot more depth. Aladdin recently lost his mother (insert song Proud of Your Boy by the late Howard Ashman) and is trying to become the great man she always dreamed he'd be. Jasmine has a lot more spunk and is a woman who knows her worth. Genie is just WOW, Jafar is as sinister as ever, and, in place of Abu, we get the funny and witty bunch of Babkak, Omar, and Kassim. To put it plainly, it is a show that can't be missed. ;)
I literally sat in awe as the story unfolded and the familiar sounds of Arabian Nights were sung. Each scene so well thought out. ;) Every detail polished to perfection. It was like Agrabah was real. Best Part: The reimagined A Whole New World scene. It was everything I could have ever dreamed (naturally wiping tears of joy while mouthing each syllable to the familiar melody). And of course, we went to the backstage door to nab some photos and autographs from the actors who have literally been with the show since its beginning in Seattle. It was truly a magical night and was a Valentines Day I will never forget!
Another huge fan of the new Disney classic, Aladdin, I was floored when my fiance got us front row tickets to the Broadway musical for my birthday! I had been wanting to see this ever since I feel in love with the Disneyland Aladdin stage show back in 2011 on my first trip to Disneyland. I am a huge fan of Broadway theatre and since my fiance had never been to a show he thoughtfully found something he knew I wanted and secretly saved for amazing seats.
The genie in this show is AMAZING! James Monroe Iglehart stole the whole show! It was phenomenal! And to boot Jonathan Freeman, the OG Jafar from the film voice over was playing Jafar in the play! What a great cast! Disney really knows how to put together some theater magic and wow your imagination! This play was tremendous. Like Monique, it met all my expectations and more.
Here's a pic of us walking through Times Square with a creepy panhandler dressed as Elsa from my nightmares photobombing us in the background. Enjoy!