Disney’s stage musical Aladdin made its Broadway premiere in 2014. A live presentation inspired from the hit 1992 animated movie, Aladdin features old as well as new songs. Directed and choreographed by Casey Nicholaw of The Book of Mormon fame, the musical takes the audience to Agrabah, a Middle Eastern city. Grammy Award winning composer Alan Menken is at the music helm of the show, with Tim Rice (The Lion King) and Howard Ashman (The Beauty and the Beast) penning the lyrics.
The magical new production features Adam Jacobs as Aladdin and Courtney Reed as Jasmine. The musical comedy presents James Monroe Iglehart as the beloved Genie and Jonathan Freeman as Jafar. Full of color and eye-popping elements, Aladdin is doing quite well on Broadway, as the production witnessed an increase in the demand of Aladdin tickets.
New Amsterdam Theatre has sold more than 13,200 Aladdin Broadway tickets each week since its premiere and the sales continue to rise. Following a successful run in the US, Aladdin the musical raised its curtains in London’s West End in June 2016. “Broadway’s biggest new hit!” opened to rave reviews at Sydney’s Capitol Theatre in October 2016 and treated the fans with Aladdin musical tickets to classic humor, daring adventure and timeless romance.
The Story of Aladdin: Origin
Aladdin’s story is among the most recognizable narratives in literature. A classic tale of ‘rags to riches’, it features a young hero who learns an important lesson in life and falls in love with a beautiful princess. It’s all presented with a good dose of magic and against an exotic backdrop.
Even though the story of Aladdin is universally known, not many are familiar with its origin and how it was conceived. It all started with Scheherazade, the Persian queen and a great storyteller.
Shahryar – the Mughal King, found out about his wife’s infidelity and decided to marry a new virgin every day and behead the previous day’s wife to avenge his humiliation. Killing more than thousand women, he believed that by doing so he would not be cheated again. Against her father’s wish, who was a vizier, Scheherazade volunteered to be next in line to marry the king. In a cunning though smart move, she made a plan to save her life. On her first night with the king she started to tell him a story but just before dawn left it at a cliffhanger. Intrigued, the king had no choice but to spare her life as he wanted to know what happened next in her narrative. Every night she would keep the king in suspense and it went as long as 1,001 nights. By that time the king had fallen in love with Scheherazade and he made her his queen. Hence the title, “One Thousand and One Nights”.
The original “One Thousand and One Nights” follows the style of story within a story. The Story of King Shahryar of Persia as told by Scheherazade acts as “frame story”, a literary technique that forms the basis of several other tales.
Interestingly though, the tale of “Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves”, “Aladdin” and the “Seven Voyages of Sinbad the Sailor” were not part of the fascinating stories that Scheherazade told. In fact, they were later added to the original collection by a French orientalist, Antoine Galland. The stories narrated by Scheherazade include, “The Fisherman and the Jinni”, “The Tale of the Three Apples” and “Sindbad the Seaman and Sindbad the Landsman”.
Aladdin – As Told By Antoine Galland
Antoine Galland brought the attention of “One Thousand and One Nights” to the Western Europe in the early 18th century. During that time French writers were capitalizing on the popularity of fairytales and it was the same era when the subversive, intricate versions of Rapunzel, Cinderella and Beauty and the Beast were developed.
Galland knew he had the audience and his version of “One Thousand and One Nights” sold briskly, allowing him to publish twelve volumes. The book was translated into different languages and the English edition came to be known as the “Arabian Nights”.
The most known and popular story in the “Arabian Nights” is “Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp”.
The Plot – The story opens with poverty stricken Aladdin who has no desire to live a respectable life. His mother makes several attempts to find him a decent job but an unwilling Aladdin makes it all in vain. One day Aladdin meets an evil magician pretending to be his uncle. The magician is in possession of an old lamp which he believes is controlled by a Marid (a supernatural power) or a genie. He uses Aladdin as the medium to trigger the Marid and when he fails, he locks Aladdin in a cave, along with a magic ring. It was actually the ring that could summon the Marid or genie, and Aladdin managed to do just that. He escapes the cave with extraordinary jewels and the magical lamp.
One day when Aladdin’s mother is cleaning the lamp, two genies appear and in this original version, they give the mother-son duo access to unlimited wealth and power. Initially they don’t use the wealth at all, and would just ask the genie for food. It was served to them on silver plates and later Aladdin would sell the plates for money. They continued with the pattern but Aladdin was cheated by the buyers as he didn’t know the real worth of the plates and was paid less.
Aladdin and his mother played it safe as they didn’t want to return to extreme poverty and starvation. They would have continued to live modestly, only if Aladdin hadn’t caught a glimpse of the beautiful princess, Badr al-Budur. The word ‘glimpse’ is imperative here because it was a rule in Arabia that no one was to look at the princess.
To see the princess again Aladdin needed money and even then instead of getting wealth from the genie, he used up the jewels he got from the cave. He would never have asked genie for wealth had it not been for the corrupt government.
The Fairytale Romance – The king’s second in command, the Vizier, plans on marrying his son to the princess. It’s all an evil plot by him to take over the kingdom and when he finds out that the king had promised Aladdin his daughter’s hand in marriage, he resorted to bribery. The king breaks his promise to Aladdin and that’s when the hero finally summons the genie. With the genie’s help, Aladdin kidnaps the princess on the night of her wedding and keeps her safe for a while. Later they get married and the princess also falls in love with Aladdin. A nice, romantic touch to the story is the magic carpet that the genie places between the palace he built for Aladdin and his princess and her previous home. It was Aladdin’s idea so that princess Badr al-Budur never has to step on the earth. After some adventures with the evil magician and both the genies, Aladdin and his princess live happily ever after – a perfect fairytale.
Aladdin As Presented in Popular Culture
“Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp” is an inspiring tale of powerless taking control and a clever rebellion. And on top of that Aladdin is able to find success peacefully. This is one of the reasons for its global appeal and why it has been translated into multiple languages. The story has been adapted into several books and poems, has been converted into hit movies and television shows and has also made it to the live stage in the form of plays and musicals.
Disney’s takeover of Aladdin took the story to new heights. The multinational mass media company started a Disney film era (1989 – 1999) called the Disney Renaissance in which they produced animated films based on popular stories. The franchise kicked off with “The Little Mermaid” and after successful adaptations of “The Rescuers Down Under” and “Beauty and the Beast”, released “Aladdin” in 1992.
Aladdin the Musical Fantasy Film – Some of the top names in Hollywood filled the shoes of the beloved characters. Six-time Golden Globe Awards winner, Robin Williams lend his voice as the Genie, Scott Weinger of the Full House fame voiced Aladdin and Linda Larkin was the voice behind Princess Jasmine. Alan Menken and Tim Rice provided the musical score and took home two Academy Awards in “Best Music – Original Score” and “Best Music – Original Song” categories. “Aladdin” premiered in 1,131 theaters and Aladdin NYC tickets sold out in advance. In 2014, it was ranked as the 30th highest grossing animated film.
Disney followed up with two sequels, “The Return of Jafar” in 1994 and “Aladdin and the King of Thieves” in 1994. While Linda Larkin and Scott Weinger reprised their roles of Princess Jasmine and Aladdin, respectively, Dan Castellaneta replaced Robin Williams as Genie. Jonathan Freeman also continued playing Jafar.
Aladdin 2011 Musical – Creative moguls, Tim Rice, Alan Menken, Howard Ashman and Chad Beguelin joined forces to bring “Aladdin” to live stage. Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre hosted the first performance and initially cheap Aladdin tickets were made available. It wouldn’t have mattered anyways as the fans of the story rushed to watch the musical. International productions were introduced in 2012 and Aladdin discount tickets were announced in Denmark, Tokyo and Hamburg. Finally in 2014, the grand Broadway premiere took place and it earned the hit musical several nominations along with a Tony Award win for James Monroe Iglehart in the “Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical” category.
Aladdin – Disney’s Latest Blockbuster on Broadway
Disney has done it again. The franchise raised bar with its earlier productions of “The Lion King” and “The Beauty and the Beast”, and with “Aladdin” has taken things to a whole new level. Of all the movies adapted for stage so far, Disney’s “Aladdin” is the most magical. Director and choreographer Casey Nicholaw hit his stride with the Broadway production, presenting a fast-paced show featuring elaborate sets, quick costume changes and incredible pyrotechnics.
Attendees with discounted Aladdin tickets filled the New Amsterdam Theatre on the opening night and the entire cast and creative team received mid-show standing ovation. Beautifully transformed for stage, the musical is not just about the romance between Aladdin and Princess Jasmine, who is desperate to determine her own future, but also about the budding comedy and friendship between the Genie and Aladdin.
The outstanding original score by Alan Menken, Howard Ashman, Tim Rice and Chad Beguelin remains one of the highlights of “Aladdin”. The multicultural cast flawlessly unravels layers in each and every song, doing justice to both the comedic numbers and romantic ballads. Besides the original soundtrack featuring hit numbers like “A Whole New World”, “Friend Like Me”, “Prince Ali” and “Arabian Nights”, new tracks were also added to the mix. “Proud of Your Boy” sets Aladdin on a more meaningful trajectory than the movie, and “High Adventure” brings in physical comedy to the story.
The fusion of Middle Eastern beats with jazz remains the most successful element in Alan Menken’s score. Danny Troob’s orchestrations add plenty of fire to the score. Aladdin tickets Broadway gives the audience a lot worth for their money. Aladdin New York tickets’ holders stated that the musical delivered a winning piece of entertainment.
Here’s why you must avail the Aladdin Broadway tickets discount and attend the show.
- The magic carpet ride! With no visible means of support, Aladdin and Jasmine fly over the stage aka the ancient Arabia.
- The whimsical sets and costumes bring the world of Arabia alive. The Cave of Wonders especially is simply spectacular.
- James Monroe Iglehart dazzles as Genie and it’s his energy that keeps the show running.
- Goofy sidekicks and evil villains are terrific and keep the excitement alive.
- An exhilarating blend of song-and-dance, “Aladdin” is a complete entertainment package for the entire family.