Do you sometimes dream to travel back to your childhood, probably a time where you believe that anything could come true? Aladdin, the Disney’s musical, will certainly take you back to that time as the over two-hour show is an absolute delight and a pure moment of fantasy, fun and emotion.
Aladdin at Singapore Sands Theatre, Marina Bay Sands is the only stop for the Disney multi-award musical in Asia. The show will stay there until September 1st with the cast from Australia.
“We chose Singapore as we know the technical and operational excellence of Singapore’s Sands Theatre team. But it is possible, in the future, that we could look at performances at other Asian destinations such as Hong Kong, Manila or Bangkok,” said Paula McKinnon, head of stage and associate producer of Disney Theatrical Productions for Australia and New Zealand.
Until the day Bangkok welcomes Aladdin, the only way to see the amazing Broadway sensation is by flying to Singapore. The Australian cast brings indeed an Asian touch to the famed Arabic folktale. Actors Graeme Issako, Shubshri Kandiah and Gareth Jacobs who play respectively Aladdin, Jasmine and Genie all have Asian or Pacific roots. The trio bring a vibrant energy to the show – Issako being an excellent dancer, Kandiah looking radiant with her crystalline voice and above all, Jacob, stealing the show with his incredible witty sense of humour and very strong personality. A special mention must be given to the two actors playing the villains, Patrick R. Brown as Jafar, and Doron Chester as Iago. Both manage to give a hilarious twist to their rather dark characters.
The enchantment of Aladdin comes from the magnificent glamour created by the costumes, the set and the special effects. Difficult to resist as the 500 sets and props of the production came to life with almost 500,000 Swarovski crystals used to create the glittering costumes. The Cave of Wonders-where Aladdin discovers the lamp-has been made of 120 pieces of gold. And the result is just fabulous!
As is also the song “Friend like Me” which introduces the Genie to Aladdin and is a pure moment of… magic! Other spectacular dance performances are “Arabian Nights” and “Prince Ali” while viewers will only adhere to the performance by Aladdin and Jasmine of the hit song “A Whole New World”. The iconic magic carpet flying both actors around the earth is a highlight of the show.
While the magic works perfectly, the musical also wants to convey a message. “I see a Shakespearean dimension to Aladdin which is not just a Disney-style musical,” explained Scott Taylor, Associate/Resident Director for Disney’s Broadway and all international companies of Aladdin. “Shakespearean is the way that characters follow their destiny and never lose the sense between the good and the bad,” he stressed. Aladdin is indeed a fresh interpretation of ties between people, the relationship between social classes, the emancipation of women in a men-dominated world. Aladdin the Musical is able to bring a sophisticated social dimension to this mesmerising entertainment. This is also part of the magic…
The show is on stage at Sands Theatre, Marina Bay Sands Singapore until September 1st. Bookings can be made online at www.MarinaBaySands.com/ticketing or www.sistic.com.sg or via phone at +65 6688 8826. Prices start from S$68 + an additional S$4 fee.
Meanwhile, before going to the show at night, pay a visit to the Asian Civilisations Museum at Empress Place. The museum organises an exhibition dedicated to Guo Pei, an extraordinary Chinese fashion designer who creates dresses inspired by imperial China requesting up to 50,000 hours of work. Some 29 dazzling costumes are on display and they definitely bring another magical sensation to your Singapore stay!
The exhibition is on display until September 15th and is open daily until 7pm (9pm on Friday) at the Asian Civilisations Museum. More information under www.acm.org.sg