As I have written time and time again, I am a fan of musical (amongst others) and would cross oceans for a good musical – especially my favourites! I’m sad that Aladdin The Musical‘s Asia Tour was only to Singapore but luckily, the country is not that far from home.
From 21st July to 1 September only, Aladdin The Musical will be played in Marina Bay Sands’ Sands Theatre. From the time I first found out they were going to Singapore, I had been pestering my husband to go with me (or he wouldn’t let me go alone) and yay, we watched it last Wednesday!
On opening week, we decided to make a 3D2N trip to Singapore. We only bought the show’s tickets 2 days before our trip. Very last minute? Not exactly. It was more like, counting our Ringgits before converting them to Dollars. Gosh, I wish somebody would do something about this economy and the huge difference in our country’s currency!
After arriving in Singapore around 3pm and checking-in to our hotel at Geylang, my husband and I went to visit one of my aunts in Patong Pasir before my kind cousin drove us both to Marina Bay Sands for the show. It was quite a luck that Patong Pasir was only about 15-minutes drive to Marina Bay Sands.
Crowd gathered in front of Sands Theatre and it’s no wonder, most of them were there to take a photo at the huge “Aladdin” board outside. Upon entering the theatre, I went straight for merchandise. I loved some of the merchandises but I decided to stick to my “mandatory merchandise purchases” which are: Programme Book and Mug.
Take A Ride With Aladdin, Princess Jasmine and Most Importantly, Genie in Aladdin The Musical
“Arabian nights, like Arabian days…”
Firstly, Aladdin The Musical is not exactly the same as the cartoon neither like the more recent movie. This is common of musicals and if you’ve never seen the musical before (like me), it is one way to anticipate a surprise.
I loved the candidness of the Genie, which is definitely in character – the “extra” personality, the extravagance, the extraordinary dances and songs. Genie is definitely one of the key characters in Aladdin but I was a little disappointed that he didn’t have much “airtime” as he should, in comparison to Aladdin’s four other friends.
Yes, in Aladdin Musical, Aladdin has FOUR best friends and not the one good monkey friend called Abu. No doubt it’s due to the fact that it was a LIVE show and we can’t have a live monkey on stage – or even a puppet monkey, since Aladdin is not a ventriloquist. I just thought the time Aladdin spent with his friends took more time away from Genie and his bubbly and fun self.
The props however, was amazing, especially during the Magic Carpet Ridewhen Aladdin (or Prince Ali, in this scene) and Princess Jasmine sang the song “A Whole New World” together. Oh, I love those ‘twinkles’ of the stars.
I also loved the earlier scene when Aladdin was in the cave looking for the lamp. Everything was so gold and shiny in there. But then again, the absence of Abu made it seemed like Aladdin was going to steal the gemstone – which was not a very smooth scene considering he was in fact, the person with a good heart or better knows as, “the diamond in the rough”.
And then, the costumes. All glittery and dazzling with the spotlights hitting them directly. I ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT! I am a fan of “blings” and seeing all the glamorous and colourful costumes definitely adds to the excitement!
I wished the scene when Genie sang “Prince Ali” to introduce Prince Ali of Ababwa to Princess Jasmine and her father, The Sultan was more pronounced – with more dancers and more lavish costumes as they paraded and danced on stage before they presented Prince Ali (Aladdin) at the end of the song.
I don’t know… I was in a dilemma after watching Aladdin The Musical at Marina Bay Sands Theatre the other day. I liked some scenes, songs and costumes but I also thought the production could’ve gone bigger, added some more scenes for Genie and subtract other not-so-important characters.
I didn’t fall in love head over heels with Aladdin The Musical as I had with some other musicals before, but I still enjoyed the show and the merchandises, at the end of the day. Maybe there really was something lacking, or maybe I was just tired from the day’s journey to Singapore that my attention wasn’t 100% into the show that evening.
How about you? Have you watched Aladdin The Musical? What do you feel of the show?