I was a guest of the Pantages Theatre for the press opening night of Disney’s Aladdin the Musical.
Disney’s Aladdin at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood has everything you need for the perfect, family night out on the town: there’s spectacle, joy and catchy songs that kids will love and parents will fondly remember.
Disney’s Aladdin opens this weekend for a 12-week engagement. It features three cast members from the Broadway production – Adam Jacobs who was the original Aladdin on Broadway, Michael James Scott (Genie) and Courtney Reed* (Jasmine). If you and your kids loved the Disney animated Aladdin, then you’ll find a lot to appreciate in this production. There are more songs than the movie and the talented cast performs them so well. To be honest, I was never a fan of the music from Aladdin the movie (“A Whole New World” is the earworm to end all earworms!), but I loved it all here. And Adam Jacobs was amazing! His voice is just beautiful.
The real star of the show was Michael James Scott. His performance of “A Friend Like Me” had the audience on its feet cheering. He filled the room with his energy and I would go back just to see him.
He wasn’t the only thing that made that number and the rest of the production incredible. The set and costumes were gorgeous and just what you’d expect from a Disney production. Seeing Aladdin and Jasmine take off on a magic carpet is something kids will remember for a long time.
If you’re wondering if the show works for little kids, it depends on the child. The nightime shows begin at 8 pm except for weekend matinees and an early show Sunday and it’s 2 1/2 hours with an intermission. The second half of the show isn’t quite as exciting as the first so kids may start to fidget. However, there was a young girl in front of me who didn’t fidget at all and my teenage son thought it was really good. There are a couple of mildly scary moments – a loud voice, it gets a little dark – and some kissing, but it’s appropriate for the whole family.
Tickets for Disney’s ALADDIN are now on sale, and available at Hollywood Pantages and Ticketmaster, by phone at (800) 982-2787 or in person at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre Box Office (Opens Daily at 10am PT).
*Jasmine was played by Isabelle McCalla for Thursday night’s show through Friday and will return from February 20 to Saturday, March 31, 2018. Courtney Reed plays Jasmine January 13th through February 18th, 2018.