The difference between Aladdin’s friends in the movie and stage show

(SPOILERS): From the Aladdin movie, there is Abu, Aladdin’s monkey. However, in the stage show, Abu is missing. So does Aladdin have any friends in the stage show? Yes, in the stage show, there is Omar, Babkak, and Kassim. There are people who do wish Abu was not kicked out, but for me, I love Omar, Babkak, and Kassim. I think they are a wonderful substitute. Why exactly?

I have only been around those three friends for about a week. It creates these two wonderful songs- “High Adventure” and “Omar, Babkak, Aladdin, Kassim”. In some ways, I believe it develops Aladdin a bit further. With the stage show, those three friends create these incredible sword fights. I love Abu in the movie, but for the stage show= Omar, Babak, and Kassim work better. There are more energetic songs because of those three characters.

I still am quite new to Omar, Babkak, and Kassim- after all, I only met them on 9/11 when I saw the stage show. I loved seeing them-they are three of my favorite characters in musical theatre. In Aladdin (as in the stage show), the characters I do love are Aladdin, Jasmine, Genie, Babkak, Omar, and Kassim.

What makes Arabian Nights an Effective opening number

Like any musical, there is always an opening number. The opening number can get you emotionally attached to the musical. They also have to make sense for the musical. Aladdin has one that is quite effective: Aladdin’s opening number, Arabian Nights, is quite effective. I will try to explain.

In Arabian Nights, it is sung by the Genie, one of the major characters. You get to know what Agrabah is. In so many ways, the opening number foreshadows different parts of the story. You are introduced the principal and supporting characters- even though you may not know their names yet- that is if you haven’t seen Aladdin.

What do I love about Aladdin

I do love Disney musicals. One of them is Aladdin. I only saw the musical films and never saw the stage show. What do I love about the musical?

The Songs

  • This is what I am drawn to first about any musical. I love the songs in this musical. As cliche as it sounds my favorite song is “A Whole New World”. The songs are fun and catchy and do have a Disney vibe to them.

The Characters

  • In all the musicals I love, I have to be emotionally connected to the characters or else the emotions don’t matter. It has an extremely likable protagonist, Aladdin. Yes, he may be a street rat- but he has an incredible charm. The genie is great fun- that is all I have to say. I love the romance between Jasmine and Aladdin. Jasmine is strong-willed- I like that about her- her strength.

The Plot

  • This is the final piece of the puzzle. To fully love a musical, you have to love the songs, characters, and the plot- not just one piece. I can’t exactly describe why I love the plot. I just do.

Conclusion

  • Why did I talk about why I love Aladdin today? Well, Club Blume finally let us register for the Aladdin Informance, which was sent out yesterday.I actually got in- the informances always do something related to the show itself. The informance is my first step of actually seeing the stage show of Aladdin on discount.

A Whole New World- Review

One of the 2019 movies I wanted to see the most was the live action movie of Aladdin. I didn’t want a carbon copy of the cartoon- I wanted to be original. Like Beauty and the Beast, I had to relearn Aladdin in so many ways, but in so many ways I still knew Aladdin. The “Whole New World” is the song that I looked forward to the most.

Aladdin was worth it, and grabbed in you quickly. If a movie grabs you in fast, that does say something.

Songs:

Still has all the songs I know- One Jump Ahead, Friend Like Me, A Whole New World (favorite Aladdin song), Arabian Nights, Prince Ali.

The new song, Speechless, made me love Jasmine more. It was a lovely addition to her character. It made her stronger. I loved that this song was included.

Plot- Spoilers (little or possible spoilers):

This story is basically a story being told- on a ship. There is a slight difference about when Aladdin and Jasmine meet. “One Jump Ahead” usually happens before those characters meet. At the beginning of the story, after “Arabian Nights”- Aladdin and Jasmine meet. So “One Jump Ahead” occurs right after the two of them met. As expected-Aladdin and Jasmine get together.

I don’t remember this at all- but something happened in Aladdin. The Genie and Dalia do fall in love. I saw it happen. I only think of Aladdin and Jasmine- its all because of “A Whole New World”.

I am not going to say the entire plot- still basically the same plot, but a few changes.

Characters:

Aladdin: Mena Massoud

  • How can you not love Aladdin? Yes, street thief, but does he do it for selfish or selfless reasons? He has to survive somehow. There is more to him than being the street rat everyones him to be. It is just him and Abu, his funny and curious monkey. He is clever and does have his flaws. He is loyal when it comes to Abu. You can see that all in Mena’s Aladdin, and he does have an incredible voice as well.

Abu:

  • You can easily fall in love with Abu. It is Aladdin’s monkey pet. Abu is funny and curious, which can get Aladdin in trouble at times. There is no way to dislike him- it is impossible.

Genie: Will Smith

  • Will Smith is defiantly not a terrible Genie. He is an incredible Genie. The Genie is one of the characters I love in Aladdin. I love the magic and charm of the Genie and Will showed that. He was an incredible singer, which I first noticed during “Friend Like Me”.

Jasmine: Naomi Scott

  • Aladdin and Jasmine are one of my favorite Disney couples. Now, I love the two of them even more. I don’t know what it was- did it have something to do with Naomi and Mena or was it because it was live action?”. I don’t know know why. Part of why I loved Naomi as Jasmine had to do with “Speechless”. That song added a strength and complexity to Jasmine I never knew was in her- making her a better princess. In addition, she was able to stand up to Jafar- showing that strength and complexity even further.

Jafar: Marwan Kenzari

  • As expected, don’t like Jafar. Don’t like Iago either- they are connected after all. I don’t know if Marwan seemed like a villain or not- even though he was supposed to- but in some ways it worked. That means, Marwan was hiding the truth to others.

Magic Carpet:

  • Why did I even put Magic Carpet here? Yes, both the cartoon and the live action have the Magic Carpet. In this version, the Magic Carpet actually acted as a character in this version. I loved that was more of a character- I love the use of it. I love it the most during “A Whole New World”, the love song. Still, seeing it play off as character made it have more personality.

Costumes/Set:

Set

  • Together, I loved seeing it. They perfectly created Agrabah in my opinion- from the palace to where Aladdin lived to the market. Even where Jafar banished Aladdin to. The Cave of Wonders- what when you walk in, there is no treasure- so you are wondering what is so “wonder” about that cave? You walk further down, and then you see only see one thing- just one. At the very end- that is where the most treasure is- combo of the gray you just saw and all the treasure- I was expected a lot of golden- and none of the gray I just saw. Does make those though- it is a cave after all, but at the same time full of wonder.

Costumes

  • Beautiful especially Princess Jasmine’s
  • Love Aladdin’s- both of them, but love the Aladdin look the best
  • Beautiful for Genie
  • All of Agrabah
  • It is hard to dislike costumes in their home

After watching this movie, I want to see the stage show more than ever. I still don’t know if I am seeing Aladdin at Belk Theatre in September, but want to. Aladdin is one of my favorite musicals.