“A Whole New World” with Aladdin! (The Orpheum Theatre, Minneapolis)

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“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.

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Minneapolis by Night.

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“.

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Maximal Happiness Meter: 100%

Pricetickets 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.

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❤️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.

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Aladdin, the Company

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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Magic happens where you see it! #Iammyowngenie

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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”. 

Clementine Affana

 


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1,2,3… Mamma Mia! (The Fox Theater, St Louis)

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Mamma Mia! Here we go. The E-ticket.

Nothing can potentially explain how I feel about musicals.

They are one of the highest mode of expression of performing arts perhaps, in my opinion, and something that always brings me to a higher level of appreciation for art, creativity, music, and everything else that makes humans nothing short of amazing.

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Me at the Fox Theater, after having made everyone “go away” so I could take this perfect picture!

From the first time I went to watch Les Miserables in Sydney, Australia, I became a sucker for musicals. To see humans like you and I reproduce the sceneries from previous times, recreate in us the emotions that govern and directed success stories of before in visual arts, music and literature; to see them bring back the characters that we know from childhood tales or literature books back to life in today’s modernistic and contemporary world, and to make us, the audience, in turn, travel back in time and experience the very same emotions; is something that is far more than impressive. The word for this, I can’t describe.

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An ultimate moment to capture during intermission. Musical Program and of course, Personalized ice-cream. Compliments, the Theater.

I went to watch Mamma Mia! on tour, when the broadway musical was showing at the Fox Theater in St Louis, Missouri. The romantic comedy was inspired from the songs of the well-known Swedish group, ABBA (of which I only knew one track by heart: “Dancing Queen” and “Chiquitita”; I recalled the later from childhood memories). This was the final year of the smash broadway musical being on tour, after 18 years on the road. I was definitely one of the lucky ones (amidst all the other spectators who made the full house that night) to see this.

The plot narrates the story of a bride-to-be, Sophie sheridan, who secretly invited her three of her mother’s ex-conquests in her quest to find her real father. And for a story that I knew nothing of prior, I enjoyed the musical until the last song.

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Musicals are one of my “must-dos” whenever I travel and whenever I get the chance. Do you like musicals? What are your favorites? Drop a comment below!

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