Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Aladdin The Musical (Review)

Not too long ago, I wrote a pre-write up for the Aladdin The Musical and in return, I get to catch the musical live on the 2nd of December. Once again the musical was held at the Amphitheatre @ Sunway Lagoon and from my past experience, it was a shitty journey to walk from the main entrance to the Amphitheatre. This time the buggy was more efficient compared to last time and so we manage to reach the venue in a shorter time.

Before I continue on to the rest of the review, to those of you who have bought the tickets to watch this musical, I strongly advise that you should skip this because this review contain a lot of spoilers and pictures taken during the musical. If you really really want to read, then it's all up to you.



The fairy from the Sultan's ring.


At the beginning of the musical, there was a plot where a guy with his Arabian outfit came out wounded and went to the tiger mouth shaped magic cave of wonder. Audience might be confused by his appearance because the lighting during that time was too dimed and many did not know if the musical has actually started or not. Then followed a brief introduction by the fairy wearing a Pope-like hat.




The story takes place in a city of Arab and the musical itself lacking of introduction and it seems that there's a bit of a rush. Maybe it's because of the scene where Aladdin was being chased by the Arabian guards at the marketplace. The usage of real animals like chickens and goats somehow caught the attention of the audience and as for me it's the first time to see the characters in the musical chasing over some real chickens on stage.


Aladdin, the prince of the street?


The Sultan and his only beloved daughter, Princess Jasmine. The Sultan was worried that his daughter will marry a normal person instead of getting married to a prince and so he seek help from his advisor, the evil Ja'far.

Ja'far and the Sultan.
Ja'far then hypnotized the Sultan, stole his ring and ordered him to do as command. Sounds familiar?


From the picture above, Ja'far's outfit might be too fancy and he looks a little bit like Captain Jack Sparrow with the voice of Gargamel the evil sorcerer, the sworn enemy of the Smurfs.


Princess Jasmine ran away and ended up in the market place and somehow saved Aladdin from the Arabian guards. I guess somehow the princess was kind of attracted to the good looking thief.


Ja'far captured Aladdin after he found out that he has became super close with the princess but the sorcerer's real motive is to persuade Aladdin to retrieve a wonderful oil lamp from a booby-trapped magic cave of wonder.


Aladdin entered the cave as commanded by Ja'far.


Aladdin found the magic lamp which Ja'far wanted in the cave.


Shockingly there was a genie inside the magic lamp, what's new? LOL
The genie was the most entertaining character of all. There's some mainstream songs like 'I Kissed a Girl', 'All the Single Lady' etc played every single time this hip hop Genie concept appears out of the magic lamp.

This was the highlight in the second half of the musical, a group of people came out in a parade with Prince Aladdin and Genie.

They put up some fire blowing performances which was pretty awesome.

I think this guys might be the best act in the entire musical and they don't even need to sing at all!

The couple singing 'Whole New World' in an unstable flying carpet with obvious wire hooking onto it.
The audience cheered as the KLCC tower appeared at the background. I wasn't really concentrating at them at all... haha...!


This is the scene that I hated the most in this musical, the dual between Aladdin and Ja'far in slow motion was like kids playing battle with swords. The lamest part is where Aladdin got himself with a light-saber (from Starwars) and it didn't even help him to win against Ja'far.

The royal wedding.
Every fairy tales and stories had its happy ending and so does Aladdin the Musical.

From what I've experienced, the storyline followed almost every single plot from the Disney's Aladdin.
It would be good if they can include Abu, the monkey character, a pet/friend of Aladdin in the musical but I know it's hard to train a monkey but it's not impossible. The singing and dancing weren't as good as the previous Magical Musical but overall it's entertaining with some element of surprises in it. I would recommend family with kids to watch this musical.

Aladdin The Musical will be playing at the Amphitheatre @ Sunway Lagoon starting from November 25th, 2011 until January 2nd 2012. The musical will show once a day, from Sunday to Friday at 8:00pm (no show on Tuesdays), and twice on Saturdays at 7:15pm and 9:15pm with extra shows on 25th December 2011 (Sunday) and 1st January 2012 (Sunday) at 7:15pm and 9:15pm. 

Ticket prices range from RM300, RM250, RM200 and RM100 for adults and RM150, RM120, RM100, and RM50 for children up to 12 years old.

*All pictures taken with Canon Powershot G9 - I'm lovin' it! :D


.: Peace Out :.