ALADDIN Reviews

LimelightMike
Broadway Legend
joined:6/21/06
ALADDIN Reviews
Posted: 3/20/14 at 01:50am
Greetings and Salutations!

I'M BAAAACK!

And, what a way to make a return, huh?

Today is Thursday, March 20, marking the OFFICIAL opening night of ALADDIN on Broadway! Disney's latest screen-to-stage adaptation, playing the New Amsterdam! The 1992 Disney animated feature about a street rat's journey to capture the heart of a misunderstood princess — and the magical Genie he befriends along the way — comes to life 8 times a week! On a personal note: I've been anxious for this one ... for eons, and to have Jonathan Freeman up there fulfills a dream of mine! Sending a flurry of light and love to all involved!

Post 'em here, my friends!

Best,
- M
LimelightMike's 2010-2011 Theatergoing Schedule: THE PITMEN PAINTERS (10.03.10) A LIFE IN THE THEATRE (10.10.10) BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON (10.16.10) THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS (11.06.10) WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN (11.13.10) BRIEF ENCOUNTER (11.22.10) THE PEE-WEE HERMAN SHOW (11.28.10) LA BETE (12.23.10) A SMALL FIRE (01.13.11) THAT CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON (03.09.11) ARCADIA (03.16.11) BLACK TIE (03.19.11) PRISCILLA: QUEEN OF THE DESERT (03.21.11) THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST (03.26.11) BENGAL TIGER AT THE BAGHDAD ZOO (03.30.11) GHETTO KLOWN (03.31.11) HOW TO SUCCEED... (04.07.11) ANYTHING GOES (04.12.11) JERUSALEM (04.20.11) SISTER ACT (04.29.11) iHO: (05.22.11)
disneybroadwayfan22
Broadway Legend
joined:2/10/13
ALADDIN Reviews
Posted: 3/20/14 at 07:56am
Great to have you back!

And ehhhhhh, I'm nervous about the reviews :|
Broadway Shows: Phantom of the Opera (January 2011), Mary Poppins (January 2011), Anything Goes (August 2011, W/ Sutton Foster, Joel Grey, and Laura Osnes), The Lion King (August 2011), Godspell (June 2012, W/ Corbin Bleu), Matilda the Musical (Original Broadway Cast, May 2013), Newsies (May 2013), Cinderella (W/ Carly Rae Jepsen and Fran Drescher, May 2014), and Aladdin (OBC, May 2014). Pre-Broadway: If/Then (November 2013/World Premiere, W/ Idina Menzel, LaChanze, and Anthony Rapp). National Tours: Wicked (October 2012), Beauty & the Beast (January 2013), & Jersey Boys (November 2013)

Met Idina Menzel & Sierra Boggess (November 2013)
Mr Roxy
Broadway Legend
joined:5/17/03
ALADDIN Reviews
Posted: 3/20/14 at 11:51am
You may have a reason to be .No interest at all in seeing this.
Cynicism is an unpleasant way of saying the truth - Lillian Hellman.
tmbyru
Stand-by
joined:12/4/11
ALADDIN Reviews
Posted: 3/20/14 at 12:04pm
If you don't even want to see why are you commenting here..

"No interest at all in seeing this"... is that your review?
Jordan Catalano
Broadway Legend
joined:10/9/05
ALADDIN Reviews
Posted: 3/20/14 at 12:30pm
Because Roxxxy thinks that whatever he thinks, everyone would be interested in hearing.

So wrong. So so wrong.
ak72090
Stand-by
joined:12/3/13
ALADDIN Reviews
Posted: 3/20/14 at 12:35pm
I think itll be one of those shows to take for what it is. Looks entertaining for sure, so it might be a great family musical. I'm bringing my girlfriend for her birthday, because she loves disney. I wouldnt expect it to be perfect though.
kade.ivy
Stand-by
joined:7/28/13
ALADDIN Reviews
Posted: 3/20/14 at 01:54pm
Did this thing get any better in the later stages of previews? Or can we expect universal pans tonight?
dreaming
Broadway Legend
joined:4/24/09
ALADDIN Reviews
Posted: 3/20/14 at 01:58pm
I just saw it for the first time the other night and enjoyed it much more than I expected to. Iglehart will get very strong reviews. I also thought Adam Jacobs and Jonathan Freeman were very good (seeing Freeman was also a neat experience for me). I really had fun and was mesmerized by Iglehart's performance.
bdn223
Broadway Star
joined:6/14/08
ALADDIN Reviews
Posted: 3/20/14 at 03:31pm
I'lll say pans-mixed reviews with a possible rave from NY1, which gives reviews with a production's target audience in mind. I do see Iglehart and the technical aspects of the production getting raves though.

Updated On: 3/20/14 at 03:31 PM
bwayphreak234
Broadway Legend
joined:7/4/10
ALADDIN Reviews
Posted: 3/20/14 at 03:36pm
I wonder how many snarky, sarcastic, humorless, and irrelevant comments Brantley will pack into his "review".
"There’s nothing quite like the power and the passion of Broadway music. "
oasisjeff
Broadway Star
joined:11/15/07
ALADDIN Reviews
Posted: 3/20/14 at 04:02pm
I've run into two different sets of people at other shows who told me to see this because of how much they enjoyed it. I already have a seat sorted out for next week, but nice to hear people are enjoying it, at least the two I randomly chatted up at shows...
Now t/d/b/a haterobics on here.
beensince1987
Featured Actor
joined:2/3/11
ALADDIN Reviews
Posted: 3/20/14 at 04:05pm
Hope Roma's kids are NOT reviewing this.
jkstheatrescene
Understudy
joined:4/18/13
ALADDIN Reviews
Posted: 3/20/14 at 04:06pm
I'll post a link to my review tomorrow, but, Oasisjeff, count me in as an "enjoyed it!"
Favorite shows of the 2013 - 2014 season (so far): Fun Home, The Glass Menagerie, After Midnight, The Bridges of Madison County, If/Then, The Most Happy Fella
bdn223
Broadway Star
joined:6/14/08
ALADDIN Reviews
Posted: 3/20/14 at 04:29pm
beensince1987 In all honesty, that I why I hold Roma's reviews with high regard. She knows what a show is trying to do and reviews it as such. She knows Aladdin is no Spring Awakening or Next to Normal, and will review it as a parent taking her kids and determine if it is worth the price tag.
beensince1987
Featured Actor
joined:2/3/11
ALADDIN Reviews
Posted: 3/20/14 at 04:51pm
I get the point of what they are trying to do, but to me, they sound like they are just reading what adults wrote for them. The sound too adult-ish.
kade.ivy
Stand-by
joined:7/28/13
ALADDIN Reviews
Posted: 3/20/14 at 04:58pm
Glad to hear people seem to be more on board with this than they were when performances first began! I'm excited about it!
Keiichi2
Chorus Member
joined:3/1/14
ALADDIN Reviews
Posted: 3/20/14 at 05:06pm
First review I've seen is from today's issue of Entertainment Weekly, who gave it a B, and pretty much summed it up as "part children's theater, part magic show, and part Nick at Nite sitcom".
bwayto
Broadway Star
joined:12/5/11
ALADDIN Reviews
Posted: 3/20/14 at 06:14pm
I hope the reviews are decent. I really enjoyed what I saw in Toronto.
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Matt Rogers
Broadway Star
joined:10/4/04
ALADDIN Reviews
Posted: 3/20/14 at 07:27pm
Part magic show? Most of the BWW reviews have said how little magic there is in it. Anyway, Entertainment Weekly is usually fairly generous with their reviews. A B with them is like a C or a D anywhere else.
ljay889
Broadway Legend
joined:8/4/04
ALADDIN Reviews
Posted: 3/20/14 at 07:37pm
#sadandtransparent
Kad
Broadway Legend
joined:11/5/05
ALADDIN Reviews
Posted: 3/20/14 at 07:38pm
Adam Feldman from Time Out is mixed, with 3 stars. The review also reads slightly more negative than that:

"But the plotting drifts into weightless silliness, with a surfeit of generic padding and glitz. There’s the rub: The musical is called Aladdin, but seems content to be Prince Ali"

He also knocks the magic carpet as looking like "a flying Craftmatic adjustable bed."



Time Out
Updated On: 3/20/14 at 07:38 PM
PlayItAgain
Broadway Legend
joined:11/8/11
ALADDIN Reviews
Posted: 3/20/14 at 08:32pm
if Brantley gives this a rave then i'm out.
ljay889
Broadway Legend
joined:8/4/04
ALADDIN Reviews
Posted: 3/20/14 at 08:39pm
#sadandtransparent
Matt Rogers
Broadway Star
joined:10/4/04
ALADDIN Reviews
Posted: 3/20/14 at 08:45pm
Huh???????????
PlayItAgain
Broadway Legend
joined:11/8/11
ALADDIN Reviews
Posted: 3/20/14 at 08:49pm
oh jesus here we go.
NewYorkTheater
Broadway Star
joined:1/23/10

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