A Magical Ride: Review of Disney Musical Aladdin On Broadway In Chicago

 

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Thanks to my blogger boo, Jaye of Curvatude and Disney Theatrical Group, I was lucky enough to lounge around The Cadillac Palace Theatre last week prior to viewing Disney’s Aladdin on Broadway in Chicago. Among the group was the production’s company manager, Michael Height who shared his excitement for the show and asked if it was our first time attending it. Little did I know, it was a very valid question as it was so good that I definitely plan on seeing it again.

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{What I Wore: Gifted Eloquii Dress}

This show makes every other musical I’ve seen look like an exercise in EXTREME minimalism.

Aladdin gives us a magic carpet that swoops up, down and from left to right with absolutely no visible means of support. Then there are fireworks (lots of them), lightening, thunder and smoke sweeping across the stage as dancers tap and tumble around sky high piles of golden treasures. Every time you think the genie can’t possibly pull even one more thing out of his magic lamp, he does.

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This tale of a beggar who woos a princess left me feeling excited and conflicted.  On one hand, you can’t help but consider that Anthony Murphy is a man of color playing the lead role in a show as a slave who isn’t deemed worthy enough to get a name. I don’t want to give away too much but, Genie ends up praising his master for doing something he should have done in the first place.

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On the other hand, the role of Genie seems to be specifically designed to show off the myriad of talents Murphy has as an entertainer. The performance enchants children and has just enough self-awareness and self-deprecating humor to keep the grown folks laughing and dancing along in their seats as it pokes fun at everything from shirtless heroes to the damsel-in-distress stereotype.

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In the end, you have an unforgettable and highly entertaining show that will wow Chicagoans all summer long. I might not be a genie, but I can grant your wish with $39 main floor tickets by using coupon code 9WORLD here. “Beg, borrow or steal if you have to because this already infinitely rich show is worth every coin it’s sure to make.” (Kevin Greene)

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Rating: Highly Recommended
When: Now Playing Through Sept. 10, 2017
Where: Cadillac Palace Theatre, 151 W. Randolph St. Chicago, IL
Running time: 2 hours, 25 minutes
Tickets: $44-$153 or $39 with coupon code 9WORLD at http://www.broadwayinchicago.com or (800) 775-2000
This post was sponsored by disney theatrical group, however all opinions are my own.
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