Aladdin Previews

bwayphreak234
Broadway Legend
joined:7/4/10
Aladdin Previews
Posted: 2/24/14 at 08:20pm
Aladdin starts previews Wednesday night. It looks like the show is pretty much close to sold out for all previews. Who here will be at the first preview?
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jbm2
Broadway Star
joined:3/26/11
Aladdin Previews
Posted: 2/24/14 at 08:45pm
I saw it in Utah a year and a half ago- I know there have been several changes. However, based on that, I have no desire to see this show.
Famebroadway2
Leading Actor
joined:9/28/09
Aladdin Previews
Posted: 2/24/14 at 08:50pm
I will be there! Can't wait.
qolbinau
Broadway Legend
joined:6/29/08
Aladdin Previews
Posted: 2/24/14 at 09:16pm
I'll be there.
PlayItAgain
Broadway Legend
joined:11/8/11
Aladdin Previews
Posted: 2/24/14 at 09:46pm
ill be at the dress rehearsal tomorrow night, report to follow although preliminary info indicates they have really overhauled the show since toronto including cutting out a number or two (including Jasmines "diva" number).
bwayphreak234
Broadway Legend
joined:7/4/10
Aladdin Previews
Posted: 2/24/14 at 10:34pm
^ Good.
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Jonwo
Broadway Legend
joined:3/16/06
Aladdin Previews
Posted: 2/24/14 at 11:10pm
It does seem Disney want this to work rather than repeat what happened with Mermaid and left it virtually unchanged when it went to Broadway.
RippedMan
Broadway Legend
joined:8/14/05
Aladdin Previews
Posted: 2/25/14 at 03:32am
Well this show is in "their house" so they probably want to keep it running or else they're paying rent on something that they aren't using.
brdway411
Broadway Star
joined:2/24/14
Aladdin Previews
Posted: 2/25/14 at 09:30am
Will be there.
ucjrdude902
Broadway Legend
joined:3/11/07
Aladdin Previews
Posted: 2/25/14 at 09:56am
Texted a friend in the cast and asked how he/the show is doing and he did say there have been changes and the creative team has basically warned them "changes will continue to happen throughout previews if need be".
LizzieCurry
Broadway Legend
joined:3/7/05
Aladdin Previews
Posted: 2/25/14 at 09:59am
Isn't that generally how previews go?
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ucjrdude902
Broadway Legend
joined:3/11/07
Aladdin Previews
Posted: 2/25/14 at 10:11am
For Disney? No. They knew "Mermaid" was a train wreck and ignored it.
finebydesign
Broadway Legend
joined:7/17/07
Aladdin Previews
Posted: 2/25/14 at 03:17pm
Depends, Disney did a lot of work on Aida right up to it's opening. Tarzan on the other hand....oy
AEA AGMA SM
Broadway Legend
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Posted: 2/25/14 at 04:22pm
"Depends, Disney did a lot of work on Aida right up to it's opening. "

Very true, including scrapping the entire physical production from the Atlanta tryout and changing the title.
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finebydesign
Broadway Legend
joined:7/17/07
Aladdin Previews
Posted: 2/25/14 at 05:03pm
There were huge changes from Chicago to NY, and then critical changes during NY previews. Lots of work on the book, song swaps and elimination of some scenery (the famous golden staircase to Heaven)
bwayphreak234
Broadway Legend
joined:7/4/10
Aladdin Previews
Posted: 2/25/14 at 05:17pm
It's going to be an uphill battle with this one. The Toronto production was pretty pathetic. I hope that they really reworked this.
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ohjustjake
Leading Actor
joined:4/18/06
Aladdin Previews
Posted: 2/25/14 at 10:24pm
Playitagain, any update during the dress rehearsal tonight?
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tobiasragg
Broadway Legend
joined:7/17/06
Aladdin Previews
Posted: 2/25/14 at 11:05pm
Dress rehearsal was flawless. So guys, this one is definitely a hit.

They have lots of things to work out so I won't say much of anything but there are a few sequences like I've never seen before! The opening Arabian Nights is stunning and "Friend Like Me" garnered an eruptive standing ovation that James Monroe Inglehart (who is on track for a Tony here) had to end himself by telling everyone to sit down so they could continue.

It's a hit, folks. It's a hit.
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finebydesign
Broadway Legend
joined:7/17/07
Aladdin Previews
Posted: 2/25/14 at 11:14pm
Sounds like it.
PlayItAgain
Broadway Legend
joined:11/8/11
Aladdin Previews
Posted: 2/26/14 at 01:50am
" The opening Arabian Nights is stunning and "Friend Like Me" garnered an eruptive standing ovation that James Monroe Inglehart (who is on track for a Tony here)"

I agree with tobias on these points especially James being a Tony frontrunner now (seriously he caries this thing the whole way on his back) but thats about it, this show isnt tarzan or mermaid bad but no way does it have anything close to a run like Beauty of even Mary Poppins, while it has its moments the book and some creative choices absolutely stop this from being a home run.

Let get down to the two biggest problems, the friends and the ending.

The three friends whose names I ironically cant remember even though they repeated them over and over just screw up everything, every other joke from them dropped like a stone, and while initially clever their 2nd act number just goes on and on and on, at i certain point i began to think....why are these guys on stage longer than Aladdin is?

The Ending i guess i will just say this, it just ends, where as the movie has the iconic snake and hourglass, the show literally ends with aladdin mentally outsmarting Jafar, there's no dramatic tension and its just like, we sat through 2 hr 40 minute for that...really?

Also one other side note while at first cute, they fact they kept reminding us there was no Raja or Abu started to get more and more annoying, why do you keep reminding me of the beloved characters you removed.

of the other positives, the first 2/3rd of Whole New World, someone explain to me why they go into outer space at the end? The guy playing Iago was surprisingly good and almost stole the show, some scenic & costume designs and the choreography is sure to get nominated, plus I can confirmed that Jasmines diva song has been replaces with a more sympathetic song, i believe its called Behind The Palace Walls.

I think they have the chance to tighten this up, but the reviews are gonna punch a hole in this one somewhat, and the word of mouth will eventually catch up to it.

(3/5)
Buddy Plummer2
Chorus Member
joined:5/4/12
Aladdin Previews
Posted: 2/26/14 at 01:59am
So this is it: we're now critically reviewing invited dress rehearsals on the internet.

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bwayphreak234
Broadway Legend
joined:7/4/10
Aladdin Previews
Posted: 2/26/14 at 02:03am
Well they kept the three friends and the ending is still anticlimactic... Yup they sure were serious about those changes they were going to implement. How in god's name the three friends made it past the workshops are beyond me.
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PlayItAgain
Broadway Legend
joined:11/8/11
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Posted: 2/26/14 at 02:08am
@buddy shut up.

to me it was like....why wasn't this just a 90 minute intermissions musical, it felt padded
brdway411
Broadway Star
joined:2/24/14
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Posted: 2/26/14 at 02:48am
I am curious, did they redo the interior of the theater?
PlayItAgain
Broadway Legend
joined:11/8/11
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Posted: 2/26/14 at 02:52am
they touched up all all the art work in the theater which looks amazing and they redid the carpeting but to me everything else looked the same.
lambchop2
Chorus Member
joined:8/18/12
Aladdin Previews
Posted: 2/26/14 at 03:11am
I loved the friends, personally. I think they add a comedic dynamic that hit almost every note when I saw the Toronto previews. Although I wonder how much removing them as narrators has affected their presence in the show.

I think the climax could be improved with just relatively small tweaks, mainly having to do with the rest of the cast's reaction to Jafar. When I saw the show they just kind of... stood there without much of a reaction and, as an audience member, it killed any sort of tension the climax had.

It really needed something to slow it down and build tension. Maybe something like adding dialogue that forces the wedding party to bow before Jafar or having the Sultan's guards switch sides in a more obvious way, showing that Jafar really *is* the Sultan and that this has dire consequences; or giving "sorcerer" Jafar some magic to work with--maybe have sorcerer Jafar unmask Aladdin with 'magic' aka costume work similar to Jafar's costume changes, then the reprise? etc.

"Yup they sure were serious about those changes they were going to implement."

Ehh, considering that they have made some significant changes to the show from the first Toronto previews until now, I don't think it's fair to say they weren't serious about implementing changes. They might not be the changes some people wanted or expected, but I think it's clear they are willing to actually work on the show.