At some point, we’ve all wished for something we know we can’t have. It’s human nature. But sometimes it is simply the possibility of those wishes coming true that propels us forward. Longing for something different, something better, is one of the many themes explored in Disney’s Tony Award-winning musical Aladdin.
Adapted from the age-old The Thousand and One Nights, upon which the 1992 classic animated film is based, this eye-popping production comes to Bass Concert Hall March 11-22. The dazzling production promises to transport audiences to the Middle East where a savvy orphan charms a princess and helps save a kingdom.
“What makes this such a time-honored story is that everyone wants to know that anything is possible, if you find it within yourself. You don’t need a lamp or a genie. You just have to believe in yourself and do the work,” explains Korie Lee Blossey who plays Genie on the North American tour.
In the role made famous by Robin Williams in the Disney movie, Blossey says there are so many wonderful things about playing Genie — including having license to make it his own. “Our director and choreographer, Casey Nicholaw, has created a way for each Genie to personalize the character to fit our strengths, which helps us shine just a little more.”
Genie helps Aladdin find his true potential after granting him three wishes. Aladdin uses his wishes to become closer to Princess Jasmine (after crossing paths with her in a marketplace, she in disguise) and to protect the city of Agrabah from the Sultan’s most trusted councilman Jafar, who wants to overthrow the Sultan.
The show is a spectacle complete with sparkle, colorful costumes, gorgeous sets, and amazing effects including a magic carpet ride. Its themes explore friendship, loyalty, integrity, determination, love, and good versus evil. Fans of the movie will be happy to know the production’s score includes the five cherished songs from the Academy Award-winning soundtrack including "Friend Like Me" and "A Whole New World."
“It’s a phenomenal show," says Blossey. "Come on down to Agrabah, get swept away from the real world and escape reality for two and a half hours. You’ll be glad you did."
Tickets for Aladdin’s two-week run in Austin start at $30 and are available at BroadwayinAustin.com. Aladdin is the second last show in this Broadway in Austin Season. The 2020-21 season was recently revealed and includes Wicked and To Kill a Mockingbird.