Disney's Aladdin has been making kids (and let's be honest,
adults, too) sing, laugh and dream of magic carpet rides since it
came out in movie theaters 1992, and now your family can witness it
all in person through August 14 at The Marriott Theatre for Young
This one hour
production takes you on a magical journey through Agrabah, the
City of Enchantment, where you meet Aladdin, Princess Jasmine,
Jafar, Iago and everyone's favorite blue wish-granter, Genie.
The show includes some of the film's most beloved songs, like "A
Whole New World" and "Friend Like Me," which are sure to get your
kids singing along. They'll also learn new songs not included in
the movie, like Jafar's big musical number, "Why Me."
The performance is full of humor and your kids will be laughing
along with their favorite street urchin at Genie's antics and
Iago's frustration with Jafar. There are so many clever jokes that
adults won't feel left out, either (one of Jasmine's suitors is The
Prince formerly known as The Artist).
After Jafar is defeated and Aladdin and Jasmine set off into the
sunset on their magic carpet, actors participate in a Q&A
session, so any questions your little ones may have can be answered
before leaving the theater. Questions range from serious ("Why did
you want to do this play?") to silly ("Did Aladdin and Jasmine
really kiss?") and actors share a few inside secrets on how the
show was put together.
The Marriot Theatre stage is surrounded on each side by 7 or 9
rows of seats, meaning no matter where you sit, your kids will feel
like they are right in the middle of the action. Plus, the actors
do a great job of moving around to make sure everyone in attendance
gets a good view of the scene.
Kids as young as toddlers enjoyed the show (or stepped out
during fussy times), proving that it truly is for "young
audiences." Still, the show is probably best enjoyed by kids who
can sit and pay attention for an hour, since there's no
intermission. If they're fans of the movie, it's a good bet they'll
love the stage version.
Performances run Tuesday-Sunday at 10 a.m. with a 12:30 p.m.
performance on Saturdays. Tickets are $15 per person (plus tax and
handling fees) and can be purchased by phone, in person or at
ticketmaster.com. Free parking is available right outside the
If you love Aladdin, this is a show you will definitely not want
to miss. While there may be a few changes from the movie, what
matters most remains the same: the message of everlasting love and
being true to yourself no matter the circumstances.
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