QPAC: Aladdin


The animated film ‘Aladdin’ was released by Disney in 1992…when I was in Year Eleven (so old). I was enchanted by the movie and clearly I wasn’t the only one as it grossed over $500 million worldwide and the film won an Oscar for Best Original Score and introduced me (and the world apparently!) to the hit song ‘A Whole New World’.  Aladdin remains one of my all time favourite Disney films, so the musical was always on my ‘must-see’ list. It doesn’t disappoint and happily for me, this is a production as much for the adults as it is for the kids. ‘Aladdin’ is a musical that generations of family members can enjoy together but do be prepared for much singing of ‘A Whole New World’ in the car; I am beginning to understand what my mother went through back in the 90’s…

Disney’s Aladdin is on at Queensland Performing Arts Centre’s, (QPAC’s) Lyric Theatre NOW, until Sunday 3 June 2018. Tickets for the Brisbane season are available from aladdinthemusical.com.au, qpac.com.au or phone 136-246.

My girls, 6 and 9 were utterly entranced by the glittering costumes (I was eyeing off the 500,000 Swarovski crystals I’d read were used), the music, the genie (of course the genie!) and just the utter thrill of seeing a much loved movie and story come to life. I love that this is a melding of the Disney film and centuries-old folktales including ‘One Thousand and One Nights’.  Outings like this one to see Aladdin, extend the book/story/movie reading experience immeasurably, adding another dimension to the story and allowing young readers and young viewers to experience story in a different formats.

We (of course) own the movie on DVD (click on cover images to purchase) and I’m sorely tempted to add some of the books below to our collection. If you’ve not yet been along then I highly recommend reading some of the books below with little people first. If they go along knowing the premise of the story they are able to sit, enjoy and be wowed by the production. 




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