In Aladdin the Musical, the flying magic carpet really does feel magic. And the dazzling fantasy wish-fulfillment sequence ‘Friend Like Me’ is drenched in glitz, music theatre references, and sleight of hand. It’s dizzying and ambitious – and on opening night, it received a spontaneous standing ovation. Many of the spirited musical numbers – especially ones about adventure, revenge, and the first blush of love – are genuinely engaging. The cast, led by Michael James Scott’s indefatigable Genie, Ainsley Melham’s appealing Aladdin, and Arielle Jacobs’ pure-voiced Jasmine, deliver consistently impressive performances.
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