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5 Reasons to See ‘Aladdin’ in 2018

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|by Amy Sapp |


The Disney classic flies into a whole new world in 2018

Aladdin opened at the New Amsterdam Theatre in spring 2014, and has been amazing audiences ever since – even sparking a National Tour and several international productions. After 1,500 performances on Broadway alone, Aladdin has stood the test of time, while constantly reinventing itself. Here are 5 reasons not to miss this Disney favorite in 2018.

Telly Leung and the cast of Aladdin (Photo: Matthew Murphy)

Telly Leung and the cast of Aladdin (Photo: Matthew Murphy)

A new Genie and Aladdin: Major Attaway and Telly Leung
Tony Award winner and originator of Genie, James Monroe Iglehart, left the show to star in Hamilton, but Aladdin is now expertly helmed by a new Genie, portrayed by Major Attaway. Attaway’s Genie has nuance and flair all his own – especially impressive is his show-stopping footwork and vocal belting at the end of Act One. Another Broadway veteran, Telly Leung (Rent, Allegiance, Wicked), stepped into the title role of Aladdin in 2017. Don’t miss the chance to see both these powerhouses in 2018.

Original voice of Jafar returns
Everyone remembers the eerie voice of Jonathan Freeman as Jafar in the Disney movie Aladdin. He was also in the original Broadway cast. Now Freeman is back onstage as Jafar, exuding his trademark villainy.

Joyful songs you know and love
It’s hard to leave the theater without humming one of the show’s familiar tunes like “One Jump,” “A Whole New World” and “Friend Like Me.” Plus, the show features a few newer renditions from Alan Menken that were cut from the original animated film, including the unforgettable “Proud of Your Boy.”     

Timeless storyline
The storyline is a classic, rooted in the tenets of understanding, faith and believing in yourself – all set against a magical background.

The magic carpet is still a mystery
No matter how many times you watch the magic carpet take to the air, it’s still amazing. In every show, the carpet soars high above the stage at the New Amsterdam Theatre with no signs of strings or ropes attached – leaving everyone guessing as to how they do it.

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