Disney's Aladdin on Broadway

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“One lamp. Three wishes. Infinite possibilities.” This is the world you step into when you watch Aladdin at the New Amsterdam Theatre—a world of longing, where a princess longs for the freedom to make choices of her own and a peasant longs for a chance to be with the princess. Jasmine (Courtney Reed) finds a poor-but-charming Aladdin (Adam Jacobs) in the marketplace as she flees from the Sultan’s palace, determined to assert her autonomy and experience life outside the palace. As Jafar (Jonathan Freeman) schemes to become the next Sultan, he listens to the advice of the Fortune Teller (Kathryn Allison) and devises a plan to use Aladdin and the lamp to gain power.

However, the real star of the show is Genie (James Monroe Inglehart). His huge personality keeps the audience captivated every second he’s onstage, and he delights the crowd with a wink, a laugh, a song. His song “Friend Like Me”—the highlight of the show—begins with a tango between Genie and Aladdin and ends in a tap dance.

Aladdin debuted on July 7, 2011 and continues to transport audiences to Agrabah eight times every week, leaving them wondering how the magic flying carpet really works.

CultureLuke Ferree