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Aladdin Seattle premiere

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jamiekennywicked
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joined:1/25/09
Aladdin Seattle premiere
Posted: 7/6/11 at 05:47pm
Is anyone going to the Aladdin first preview tomorrow or anyone going to the invited dress (persuming there will be one). In this video you can see a bit of the set (show curtain, I think)
Really excited to see how this show turns out!
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jamiekennywicked
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Aladdin Seattle premiere
Posted: 7/7/11 at 06:44pm
Anyone going tonight? Looking forward to hearing reports
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CATSNYrevival
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Aladdin Seattle premiere
Posted: 7/7/11 at 07:06pm
Me too! Someone let me know when a naughty cast recording surfaces.
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Mildred Plotka
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joined:7/30/08
Aladdin Seattle premiere
Posted: 7/8/11 at 01:46am
I'm going Sunday. Will be sure to report back. :)
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degrassifan
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joined:1/23/08
Aladdin Seattle premiere
Posted: 7/8/11 at 03:11am
I'm reading good things on twitter and facebook!
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threetwoone
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joined:7/30/09
Aladdin Seattle premiere
Posted: 7/8/11 at 04:14am
Saw it tonight! AMAZING! I really had low expectations but it blew them all out of the water! Sure, the set could have been a bit more lavish but it's only a 3 or 4 week production. 'High Adventure' was truly a standout. At times it seemed a bit confused as to whether it was wanted to be the original vision or the movie, and the meshing of the two seemed a bit off at times but in an overall sense, it couldn't have been more perfect. A few tech snafus here or there but with some streamlining, they really have something here. It's not just some generic Disney piece. Congrats to all involved.

For those who care, Act 1 ended with a reprise of 'Proud of Your Boy'.
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Updated On: 7/8/11 at 04:14 AM
Peter87
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joined:1/29/08
Aladdin Seattle premiere
Posted: 7/8/11 at 04:20am
Would really like to know exactly how many of the deleted songs made it to the show. Songlist anyone? :)
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jamiekennywicked
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Aladdin Seattle premiere
Posted: 7/8/11 at 05:08am
^ I second that request
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musicaltheater1
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joined:10/19/05
Aladdin Seattle premiere
Posted: 7/8/11 at 09:57am
Thank you for the review threetwoone. How did they stage "A Whole New World"? And, how is the new Aladdin and Jasmine duet song?
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threetwoone
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joined:7/30/09
Aladdin Seattle premiere
Posted: 7/8/11 at 10:41am
A Whole New World was different than you'd expect. The carpet behind her balcony was on a hydraulic lift with one pilar thing (piston?) that rose the carpet up and down in the centre of the stage. It was kind of jerky in it's movement and you could hear it in Courtney's voice when it moved, but it was different and I liked it :) The ensemble was below waving fabric and these "star rod" things like the fireflies in Lion King. Also, there was a big backdrop of little stars. The orchestrations were stripped down to very simple music box type orchestrations, no sweeping strings or anything. It was very unique and refreshing to hear.

The new duet was catchy, it's called "A Million Miles Away". Nothing spectacular. They sing it when they first meet and he brings her to his little rooftop pad. It's about them both wanting to run away and travel.

Song List:

ACT 1
Overture
Arabian Nights
Babkak, Omar, Aladdin, Kassim
One Jump Ahead
One Jump Ahead (reprise)
Proud of Your Boy
Arabian Nights (reprise 1)
Call Me A Princess
Call Me A Princess (reprise)
Why Me
A Million Miles Away
Arabian Nights (Reprise 2)
Friend Like Me
Arabian Nights (Reprise 3)
Act 1 Finale*

*A bit of Friend Like Me when he is transformed into a Prince then a reprise of Proud of Your Boy.

ACT 2
Prince Ali
A Whole New World
High Adventure
Somebody's Got Your Back
Wedding Day Suite*
Finale Ultimo**

*A bit of everything really. This is where a few reprises of "Prince Ali" came in sung by Jafar like in the movie, but extended. And Jonathan Freeman was totally manic while singing, he was awesome.

**A Bit of Somebody's Got Your Back, Arabian Nights, A Whole New World from what I remember.

Any more questions? Just ask.

A couple more comments, Babkak, Omar, and Kassim served as the narrators sort of and constantly made references of it being a show, or to their prop ride on camels which were hurting their backs n such. They were the best part of the show and I didn't realize the show was going to be so funny, and not in the over-done and frankly boring Genie slapstick comedy which you expected.


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Updated On: 7/8/11 at 10:41 AM
Jonwo
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joined:3/16/06
Aladdin Seattle premiere
Posted: 7/8/11 at 11:05am
How is James Monroe Iglehart as the Genie? He must have the hardest part because the character is so iconic.

It sounds like with a few more tweaks, it could be a hit for Disney Theatrical, wonder if they'll add any new songs, surprised To Be Free isn't in it either as a song for Jasmine or Genie.
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threetwoone
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joined:7/30/09
Aladdin Seattle premiere
Posted: 7/8/11 at 11:07am
James was fine...He rushed his lines a bit and with some perfecting he could be great.

It could definitely be a hit with a few tweaks! Everything I disliked could easily be fixed. I hope this goes somewhere beyond community theatres.
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Jonwo
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joined:3/16/06
Aladdin Seattle premiere
Posted: 7/8/11 at 11:13am
Probably a dumb question but is Genie blue? Also does One Jump Ahead feature only Aladdin or all the Street Rats?

I imagine there will be changes as the run goes on but it sounds like the show is already a return to form for Disney after Tarzan and Little Mermaid misfired.
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threetwoone
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Aladdin Seattle premiere
Posted: 7/8/11 at 11:40am
No he wasn't. But his costume was dark blue. And One Jump Ahead was just wit Aladdin. it was Kassim who stole the bread and when the guards came threw it into Aladdin's hands and ran off with the other street rats. Aladdin promised his mom when she was dying to never steal again...
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FlyingMonkey1223
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joined:5/1/06
Aladdin Seattle premiere
Posted: 7/8/11 at 12:36pm
The video on the article page shows some stills from the production at the very end. Looks pretty bare-bones.
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kyl3fong2
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joined:3/10/11
Aladdin Seattle premiere
Posted: 7/8/11 at 12:40pm
I'm interested in seeing some preview footage and official stills from this production. But I am glad to hear that it is getting good reviews!

In terms of story though, what has changed about it compared to the movies? Like does Jafar turn into the giant snake when he gets ahold of the magic lamp, etc.?
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CurtainPullDowner
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joined:11/4/04
Aladdin Seattle premiere
Posted: 7/8/11 at 12:50pm
I can't believe they cut the monkey, he must be devastated.

I think it's great that the actors are enthusiastic about but the show but I'm not sure how being in ALLADIN in Seattle is being part of history.
Jonwo
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Aladdin Seattle premiere
Posted: 7/8/11 at 01:17pm
Babkak, Omar and Kassim filled the role that Abu had in the film, I believe Iago is human in the show rather than a parrot.
jovielle
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joined:7/8/11
Aladdin Seattle premiere
Posted: 7/8/11 at 02:23pm
I'm curious--how did "Call me a Princess" fit in? From the video performance I saw of it on TV it seemed kind of the opposite of Jasmine's character in the film. Did they change her personality for the stage show or was the song supposed to ironic?
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Blockhead24
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Posted: 7/8/11 at 02:40pm
^If you watch the entire video that second question is answered for you
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Updated On: 7/8/11 at 02:40 PM
henryt
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joined:7/26/07
Aladdin Seattle premiere
Posted: 7/8/11 at 02:44pm
^And the answer is that Jasmine is acting snooty and stuck-up to try to drive away the suitors.
Updated On: 7/8/11 at 02:44 PM
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CATSNYrevival
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Aladdin Seattle premiere
Posted: 7/8/11 at 02:48pm
Is there a lot of dialogue in the second act?!? Act two looks much shorter than act one.
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threetwoone
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Aladdin Seattle premiere
Posted: 7/8/11 at 03:29pm
Act 1 was about 1h 10 mins and Act 2 was just under 50 mins.
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CATSNYrevival
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Posted: 7/8/11 at 03:37pm
I just realized that "To Be Free" is missing! I thought someone said that they were including that song as well? It's way better than "Call Me a Princess." I'm bummed!
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CATSNYrevival
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Aladdin Seattle premiere
Posted: 7/14/11 at 12:11am
According to Andrew Keenan-Bolger's twitter the cast rehearsed a new song yesterday and it was in the show tonight. Anyone know what it is?
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Wildcard
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joined:6/21/06
Aladdin Seattle premiere
Posted: 7/14/11 at 03:27pm
It's a reprise of "High Adventure"

Also, here's a photo of the cast with the original director/writer of the movie



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Updated On: 8/1/11 at 03:27 PM

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