ALADDIN Reviews

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ALADDIN Reviews#1
Posted: 3/20/14 at 1:50am
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 ALADDIN Reviews
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ALADDIN Reviews#2
Posted: 3/20/14 at 7:56am
Great to have you back!

And ehhhhhh, I'm nervous about the reviews :|
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ALADDIN Reviews#2
Posted: 3/20/14 at 11:51am
You may have a reason to be .No interest at all in seeing this.
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ALADDIN Reviews#3
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?
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ALADDIN Reviews#4
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.
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ALADDIN Reviews#5
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.
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ALADDIN Reviews#6
Posted: 3/20/14 at 1:54pm
Did this thing get any better in the later stages of previews? Or can we expect universal pans tonight?
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ALADDIN Reviews#7
Posted: 3/20/14 at 1:58pm
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.
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ALADDIN Reviews#8
Posted: 3/20/14 at 3:31pm
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
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ALADDIN Reviews#9
Posted: 3/20/14 at 3:36pm
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. "
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ALADDIN Reviews#10
Posted: 3/20/14 at 4:02pm
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.
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ALADDIN Reviews#11
Posted: 3/20/14 at 4:05pm
Hope Roma's kids are NOT reviewing this.
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ALADDIN Reviews#12
Posted: 3/20/14 at 4:06pm
I'll post a link to my review tomorrow, but, Oasisjeff, count me in as an "enjoyed it!"
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ALADDIN Reviews#13
Posted: 3/20/14 at 4:29pm
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.
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ALADDIN Reviews#14
Posted: 3/20/14 at 4:51pm
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.
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ALADDIN Reviews#15
Posted: 3/20/14 at 4:58pm
Glad to hear people seem to be more on board with this than they were when performances first began! I'm excited about it!
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ALADDIN Reviews#16
Posted: 3/20/14 at 5:06pm
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".
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ALADDIN Reviews#17
Posted: 3/20/14 at 6:14pm
I hope the reviews are decent. I really enjoyed what I saw in Toronto.
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ALADDIN Reviews#18
Posted: 3/20/14 at 7:27pm
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.
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ALADDIN Reviews#19
Posted: 3/20/14 at 7:37pm
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ALADDIN Reviews#20
Posted: 3/20/14 at 7:38pm
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
"...everyone finally shut up, and the audience could enjoy the beginning of the Anatevka Pogram in peace."
Updated On: 3/20/14 at 07:38 PM
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ALADDIN Reviews#21
Posted: 3/20/14 at 8:32pm
if Brantley gives this a rave then i'm out.
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ALADDIN Reviews#23
Posted: 3/20/14 at 8:45pm
Huh???????????
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ALADDIN Reviews#24
Posted: 3/20/14 at 8:49pm
oh jesus here we go.