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"This latest musical adapted from one of Disney’s popular movies defied my dour expectations...“Aladdin” has an infectious and only mildly syrupy spirit. Not to mention enough baubles, bangles and beading to keep a whole season of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” contestants in runway attire." Full Review
"You're going to have a great time at Aladdin, despite its conflict-starved filler of a book. But are you really going for the dramaturgy? No, you're going to see sexy actors sing and dance while performing magic tricks. In that regard, Aladdin delivers in abundance." Full Review
"So why is Aladdin a bit of a chore? Even the best of what the writers offer doesn’t seem to stick very long; if it weren’t for Nicholaw’s merciless flogging, you feel the story would simply evaporate in the desert heat." Full Review
"While it doesn't rival the imagination or innovation of "The Lion King," the show's ebullient comic spirit should make it a popular hit. It's not the most sophisticated entertainment, but the target demographic won't mind at all." Full Review
"The show is as colorful as the Crayola 64 box, and as tirelessly energetic as a toddler, but it also feels canned. While burning through wishes, you should ask for the musical to have a lot more heart. The absence is glaring, given that Disney excels at tugging at tickers and then making them melt." Full Review
"The carpet flies, kids, and it's awesome...Such awesomeness, of course, is to be expected from "Aladdin." But what's a whole new world, as the song promises, is the almost modest, down-to-earth human scale of director-choreographer Casey Nicholaw's big, cheerful production -- an enjoyable throwback to old-time musical comedy." Full Review
See it if You want a classic, Disney musical with big dance numbers! Want a spectacle. Love the movie/music/characters.
Don't see it if You want an original musical. Don't enjoy Disney. Want a heart-wrenching, emotional story.
See it if you enjoy BIG disney action & script doesn't matter. Buyer beware: expected it to be more for kids than for adults. Humor is DEF for adults.
Don't see it if disney shtick, fluffy musicals, sappy love-stories, scenery-magic & big dance numbers do nothing for you. It's all here. Big feel-good nite.
See it if You enjoyed the original movie, love Alan Menken, classic Disney, Adam Jacobs, beautiful staging, and want to cry at "Proud of Your Boy"
Don't see it if You find new characters and songs unnecessary, slight plot detours irksome, or you're obsessive about the animated movie's perfection
See it if you enjoy big magical Broadway shows. This is textbook in spectacle, great songs, lovely story.
Don't see it if you need a lot of depth or complexity in character. No room for that here.
See it if you are from out of town, love the film, have kids, and/or want a straightforward BROADWAY MUSICAL experience.
Don't see it if you're not up for presentational acting. This show glazes right over the darker corners of the story to keep the kids awake.
See it if you want to see a beloved fairy tale transformed into a cheap pointless cabaret. Can't beleive Disney fell this low.
Don't see it if you don't want to see a big tasteless farce. Princess lead singing is excruiciating.
See it if catchy Menken tunes, clever lyrics, lush orchestra, several show-stopping scenes, the new Genie is a baller
Don't see it if sets are cheesy (Disney you can afford better!), a few weak links among actors, groundbreaking movie w/ Robin W. is funnier
See it if you want a fun night out with the young ones. The movie came out when I was a kid so I had an alright time, too.
Don't see it if you want to see the movie. The changes definitely make it feel very different. Also, there are better things going on, for sure, for less.
See it if You're a fan of sparkles! Costumes are really the only great thing about the show. The opening of Act 2 & A Whole New World are redeeming.
Don't see it if You were a fan of the film. This musical is very disappointing. When I wasn't asleep I was bored! I left right after A Whole New World.
See it if you're a fan of the movie and want to see it replicated on stage without much innovation
Don't see it if you're expecting glorious stagecraft (it looks oddly cheap) or want an adaptation that adds anything to the original.
See it if You want a high-energy, fun, old-fashioned-type musical - with great production values and staging.
Don't see it if You want something edgy or challenging; this is good fun, good music, good staging in the classic formula of musical theater.
See it if you are a big disney fan and love the story regardless of its presentation.
Don't see it if you want to see the full spectrum of what Broadway has to offer. Disappointed by the cast.
See it if You can't get tickets to The Lion King. This is a middling Disney musical. Not the best they've done by any stretch, but still enjoyable.
Don't see it if You're looking for something that reinvents the movie as excitingly or beautifully as The Lion King.