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TRAVEL & ENTERTAINMENT: Stage Musical “Aladdin” Is Pure ‘Genie-us’

Nov 10, 2017
by Evan Joel
Audiences will discover a whole new world as the hit Broadway musical, “Aladdin,” appears on stage at the SHN Orpheum Theatre in San Francisco. Currently playing through January 7, 2018, this production brings a fresh theatrical life to a truly bold musical. Aladdin’s journey sweeps audiences into an exotic world of daring adventure, comedy, beauty and timeless romance. Featuring a full score, including five cherished songs from the Academy Award-winning film soundtrack, audiences will be mesmerized at how the creative genies pull off the magic-carpet ride in the second act.

While the show sticks closely to the format of the animated movie, it actually expands a bit with new characters as well as fresh songs not heard in the film.

The cast is simply superb, led by the rollicking and endearing Anthony Murphy, who handles Robin Williams’ role as the genie. His nonstop joking, nimble dance moves and smooth voice offer enough charisma to light a thousand and one nights.

The roles of Aladdin (Adam Jacobs) and Jasmine (Isabelle McCalla), by contrast, are more subdued, yet lend a cute sincerity. Jonathan Weir and Reggie De Leon offer some very enjoyable color as the buddies Jafar and Lago, while Zach Bencal, Phillepe Arroyo, and Mike Longo bring good fun as Aladdin’s friends and sidekicks.

Still, it’s the irresistible score, with lyrics by the late Howard Ashmand and Tim Rice, that are beautifully rendered, with awesome staging and lighting that produce absolutely brilliant showmanship. Directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Casey Nicholas, this fabulous and spectacular musical boasts an incomparable design team, with sets, costumes and lighting from Tony Award winners Bob Crowley, Gregg Barnes, and Natasha Katz.

This production of “Aladdin” is perfect for this holiday season as it is certain to bring smiles and unbound joy to all who attend. For tickets or more information please visit www.shnsf.com.

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Photo caption: Arabian Nights Women light up the stage in Disney’s “Aladdin”. (Photo credit: Deen van Meer)


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