When Disney’s Aladdin motion picture hit the big screens, I knew it would be a must-watch for the entire family. And sure enough, it was truly entertaining. My little one enjoyed the upbeat songs and instantly became the biggest fan of the Genie.
Just weeks after the movie, I received an invitation by BASE Entertainment Asia, to the opening night of Disney’s Aladdin, the hit Broadway musical in Singapore. And since we’re all still bitten by the Aladdin bug, we simply packed our bags and went on a road trip down south.
As a musical enthusiast, I certainly wished that my young pre-schooler be introduced to the world of musicals where stories spring alive before our very eyes. I just never expected that his first experience in theatre would turn out to be one of the most magical performances in musical history.
For a theatre-goer, how wrong was I to think I’ve seen it all.
For a start, we were dumb struck by the spectacular stage setting. The land of Agrabah was brought to life with enchanting lighting, dazzling props and backdrops that were nothing but majestic. It opened our eyes and took us wonder by wonder from the breath-taking backdrop of the Cave of Wonders to the bejewelled palace of Princess Jasmine.
Next are the costumes that I can’t stop raving about. The production boasts a staggering 337 glittering costumes, which feature 1225 different fabrics, 712 different styles of beads and almost 500,000 Swarovski crystals. So, you can imagine what a spectacle it was when Aladdin made his entrance to the palace, backed by a strong entourage belting out the ‘Prince Ali’ number.
But the one who stole the limelight in the show was none other than the Genie, played by Gareth Jacobs, who effortlessly had everyone in stitches with his jokes. He’s brilliant and hilarious, and the reason why this musical simply nailed it.
The special effects were sensational, the orchestra’s performance was top-notch, the ensemble, song-numbers, dance and choreography, all made it one of my best nights in Singapore.
What made it even mind-blowing was when the magic carpet literally lifted into the air - for real! No one in the audience will say that we were only dreaming when Princess Jasmine joined Aladdin soaring into a star-filled night-sky on a flying carpet while singing “A Whole New World”. Now, that’s what I call an unbelievable sight.
It’s crystal clear that the audience was brought to a whole new world throughout the 2.5-hour show.
Overall, this is one the grandest musical performances that I’ve ever seen on stage. Aladdin, The Musical is a true masterpiece.
P/S Heartfelt thanks to Base Entertainment Asia for the invite. And special thanks to Sands Theatre at Marina Bay Sands, for providing booster seats for little audiences to enjoy their theatre experience to the fullest.