I belong to a Disney family.
For as long as I can remember, Uncle Walt and Mickey have been a part of our lives. I grew up watching Snow White, Cinderella, Dumbo, Pinocchio, Sleeping Beauty and every other Disney film I could get my hands on.
So I’m sure you can imagine just how happy I get when I experience anything Disney-related. It’s giddiness mixed with a bit of “Aahhh!” and a whole lot of “Eeek!” all mixed in together. With a little jumping up and down for good measure.
A few days ago, I took two of my nephews, Andrew and Bradley, on an adventure through LA. Aladdin is Bradley’s favorite Disney movie so, we knew getting tickets for this was pretty much a birthday slam dunk.
Unfortunately, I couldn’t take photos during the performance. But I cross my heart that the sets, costumes, singing, and dancing were all incredible! Especially the magic carpet ride. Disney magic at work!
Yes, I sang along, and I clapped and cheered along with everyone else.
Couldn’t help it. The energy was infectious.
I didn’t realize it until intermission, but we were lucky enough to see Adam Jacobs as Aladdin, the role he originated on Broadway! See what cool things you learn when you actually read the Playbill?
He was charming and funny, and I swear it was like in Enchanted when the animated characters go through that tunnel and become human. He WAS Aladdin.
Then there was Genie, my 2nd favorite. Ok, so maybe they’re tied for favorite.
If you’ve seen the cartoon, you know that Robin Williams’ Genie is the real star and that no one could ever, and I mean ever, compete.
But at this performance, it was almost as if Genie’s… cousin stepped in and took over! Similar and familiar, but with just the right amount of different to enjoy the performance.
Michael James Scott originated the role of Genie for the Australian run of Aladdin, so once again, we totally lucked out with casting. He had the theater rolling in their seats every time he was on stage.
My nephew said Genie reminded him of CeeLo Green, which after I stopped laughing, really couldn’t argue with. Scott made Genie his own while still paying tribute to that big blue guy we all love.
One part of the show I was a bit disappointed by was the missing monkey Abu. But, I guess when you think about it, having a monkey running around the stage may have gotten a bit messy. Instead, Aladdin’s BFF was replaced by three sidekicks – Babkak, Omar, and Kassim.
And to be perfectly honest, it took me a few songs to really set that animated version aside and just enjoy what was happening on stage. Once I did, I had a blast, and so did my nephews. Who are 21 and 18, by the way. What can I say? A Disney family!
But my favorite in the film was, and always will be, “Friend Like Me.” I loved this version too!
If you have never been to the Pantages Theater, please do yourself a favor and go check it out. Seriously! I mean, just take a look at the stage and the surrounding main wall. Isn’t it gorgeous?
And just look at that ceiling…they don’t build them like this anymore!
So here’s my tip of the day. I found discounted tickets online, but they all had fees that ranged anywhere from $10-$15 per ticket. Also, we got tickets kind of late, so they were all in a higher price range than we wanted.
Instead, I took a quick trip to the Pantages and bought the tickets at the box office. No fees and the nice ticket agent helped me pick seats with a better view than I saw online.
Another cool thing about going to the theater before the show? You can take pics of all the posters and signs without having to dodge the crowds.
Like this! Check it out! Nobody photo bombing my photoshoot!
The show is running through the end of the month, which means you have 13 days, including today, to get your seat in a seat! Take your family, your SO, your bestie, or go on your own. However you get there and whoever is with you, you won’t be disappointed!
Can’t wait to hear what you think of the show!
Until next time… I’m freee!