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Theater Review: ‘Aladdin’ makes all your Broadway show wishes come true

by Quinn Roseboom

Disney always goes big with their theatrical productions, and “Disney’s Aladdin” is no exception.

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It quite honestly has everything you could ever want from a Broadway show, romance, high adventure, comedy, beautiful sparkling costumes, massive sets, and extravagant dance numbers.

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One set that particularly impressed me was the interior of the Cave of Wonders; I almost couldn’t believe they pack it all up to ship around the country. And of course, the most important thing that can be found inside of the glittering cave is the Genie (Michael James Scott for the Orlando stop). While he isn’t the titular character, the Genie absolutely steals the show with his mystical fourth-wall-breaking abilities and quick-paced humor.

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The show adds a number of new elements to Disney’s classic “Aladdin” story: trading out Iago’s parrot form for a more human version, replacing Aladdin’s pet monkey Abu with a trio of thick-as-thieves, well, thieves, and, of course, more than a couple musical numbers you won’t find in either the animated classic or the recent live-action remake.

“Aladdin” is performing at the Dr. Phillips Center in Downtown Orlando now through Feb. 9 (almost 3 whole weeks!) and some of the best seats are still available. Tickets and showtimes can be found at DrPhillipsCenter.org.

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