“A Whole New World” with Aladdin! (The Orpheum Theatre, Minneapolis)
There are a few things that I would go out on a limb for when traveling, and one of them is “attending musicals”. If you read my article on my musical experience in St Louis, Missouri, you’d get to better understand why I love musicals so much and why this is something I don’t mind spending money on.
Coming from a country where “performing arts” is not as developed as other areas of the society (and by many, not even considered as an actual profession or career path), I learned appreciate the true value of this type of arts during my experience as an Alto Singer at one of Dominica’s best cultural choirs, the Sixth Form Sisserou Singers. And tonight, just like when I went to watch Les Miserables in Perth, Western Australia, The Hunchback of Notre Dame in Paris, France, Mamma Mia! in St Louis, Missouri; I felt totally immersed in “a whole new world” at the first shownight of the Broadway musical, “Aladdin“.
Price: tickets prices started at USD 42, but one all taxes and additional fees are added, prices can go up to USD 60-70. In my opinion and experience, this was very affordable for a show of such high quality.
Location: in Minneapolis, Aladdin was staged at the Orpheum Theatre.
What I Loved:
❤️The graphics, decor, scenes, background and backdrop were just on point, from start to finish, for every scene and thereafter. I mean, they were able to recreate the “Arabian night” at a new level. The stage was literally “lit. And the “magic carpet scene” was the icing on the cake. I just wanted to join Alanine (Aladdin and Jasmine) up there.
❤️The costume design was on point, and the costume changes were extremely effective. I was watching particularly the main characters who had speedy costume changes on stage, but I am still puzzled by how they managed to change Jafar’s gown towards the end in less than 2 seconds. 😗
❤️ The Choreography: this was definitely my favorite part. I appreciated the fact that while the choreographers stuck to the culture, feel and the style that are highlighted in this musical, there was also a great deal of expertise and creativity that were evidenced by an air of modernism and variability in the choreography. The performers used the stage so effectively that it kept me engaged all the time.
(I would have loved to mention the names of everyone who was involved in the production, graphic design, choreography, etc. But as you can imagine, they are too numerous to mention. Nonetheless, I give props and loads of kudos to all the background workers. The show was nothing short of phenomenal. #ittakesavillage.
What I did not like: for some reasons, I did not like the songs. There was just something that was not right for me there, except for “A Whole New World” and “A Friend Like Me” that were magnificently staged (I would love to see a behind the scenes clip and find out how they managed to pull off the Magic Carpet). Of all the musicals I have watched, the songs here were my least favorite. But perhaps this is out of personal preference, and your opinion (when you go watch it) might differ.
So if you are in Minneapolis right now (or for the next few weeks), I highly recommend you making time to watch Aladdin, the Musical at the Orpheum Theatre. What is your favorite musical? Comment below!
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“Musicals are like a fantastic travel machine: they make you relive past stories, whether true or tales, in a present, today-kind of world”.