(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.
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.
Yesterday, I went to my second musical with Club Blume. One of the things I love is that before the show is that we get to enjoy a pre-show party. That musical would be Aladdin- the last musical and show of Blumenthal’s 2018-2019 season.
Aladdin: Jonah Ho’Okano
Genie: Korie Lee Blossey
Jafar: Patrick R. Brown
Iago: Reggie De’Leon
Jasmine: Kaenaon Alani Kekoa
Babkak: Zach Bencal
Omar: Ben Chavez
Kassim: Colt Prattes
My mom and I had incredible seats- row B right near the center of the balcony. With Club Blume- all you can say is what section you want; not what seats you want.
Korie Lee Blossey as the Genie always knows how to make an incredible entrance. His “Friend Like Me” was incredible. He felt like the genie in my eyes. In Charlotte, this was his second day as the Genie.
Jonah Ho ‘Okano as Aladdin was amazing. Just like the Genie, his Aladdin journey began in Charlotte. During “Proud of Your Boy”, I got a little emotional. I began to feel chemistry between his Aladdin and Kaenaon Alani Kekoa’s Jasmine during the song he was singing between his Aladdin and his three friends. Even though there was no Abu, Aladdin’s friends were a wonderful substitute.
Kaeonaon’s Alanı Kekoa’s Jasmine was amazing from the moment I saw her. She especially started to shine during “These Palace Walls”. I loved when she started to have chemistry during Aladdin, which was in the middle of the song Aladdin sang with his friends. During their first duet, “A Million Miles Away”, the chemistry started to get stronger. It only started to get weaker when Prince Ali (who is Aladdin) arrived, which showed her reluctance towards marrying a prince. The question is why did she trust Prince Ali on the magic carpet during “A Whole New World”, which is Aladdin and Jasmine’s main love song.
It is hard to know what to think of Patrick R. Brown’s Jafar. However, I know what to think of Reggie De’Leon’s Iago, who is Jafar’s sidekick. Reggie was hilarious- in almost every time he even said anything, you couldn’t help but laugh along despite being the villain’s sidekick.
When it comes to Zach Bencal, Ben Chavez, Colt Prattes as Babkak, Omar, Kassim, I loved seeing the three of them. I do not know what it was about the three of them. I somehow knew I loved those three. I loved their relationship to Aladdin. They were an incredible substitute-Abu is in the two movies: so like I said, an incredible substitute.
This is mainly about the added songs to the stage show. I loved the added songs. It gave the show more texture and complexity and emotional value to the characters and plot. Songs like “Proud of Your Boy”, “A Million Miles Away”, and “These Palaces Walls” are just some of the added songs I loved- like I said earlier I got a bit emotional during “Proud of Your Boy”.
I loved all the sparkly, glittery, and colorful costumes. I even loved the costumes that were not- like Aladdin’s costumes before he dressed like a prince. Each costume fit each character perfectly.
I was expecting to be loving The Cave of Wonders set, and I did love it. It was full of gold, and it was also the same place where “Friend Like Me” takes place and where the magic lamp is located. Every set is amazing- another set I love is the night sky- that is where “A Whole New World” takes place. Literally the magic carpet does fly in this stage show.
From fight scenes to dancing to flying on a magic carpet to lights going around the entire theatre to fireworks, etc. I loved the sight of it all. Aladdin is a stunning show to just look at
On this day, it is a day of memory, mourning, and hurt, but at the same time a day of excitement and magic. That does not seem fair to call 9/11 that. I will explain why I am calling this particular day those four.
Well, 9/11 will always be a day of hurt and memory. After all, it is the day that totally shook our day. It is the day of September 11th, 2001: when terrorists came and attacked two of our cities: NYC and Washington DC. The Twin Towers, , and The Pentagon. A lot of lives were lost that day: not just those in the planes- rescuers as well.
So, how can this particular day be exciting and magical as well? Well, everyone knows I am a musical theatre fanatic. Aladdin came to Charlotte on the 10th of September- so the 11th of September is my day of seeing Aladdin. At first, I thought it was odd that Club Blume would schedule Aladdin for that particular day. As time went on, I realized that Aladdin fit: to have a Disney musical comedy happen on the day of 9/11 would make a day of mourning exciting in the end. So, I am seeing Aladdin today.
I have already mentioned that the song, “A Whole New World”, is my favorite song from Aladdin. It has stuck with me since I was a child. Disney love songs are filled with magic and innocence. They have this incredible charm about them.
I think part of why I love “A Whole New World” comes from the fact that it takes place on a magic carpet. Aladdin and Jasmine are literally flying on this magic carpet during this beautiful love song. The magic carpet is part of the song’s magic. There is an incredible charm to Aladdin and an incredible strength to Jasmine- those two characters are a lovely couple. No matter who sings a Disney love song- the magic and innocence is always there- it never leaves. That is part of the beauty of Disney couples. If you are a 90s girl- you have been around the classic Disney couples for quite a while: I am one of the 90s girls.
I have talked a number of times on my blog about romance in musicals. I thought to do something a bit differently. What if I brought up a few couples in musicals and my favorite pairing I have seen? That shall be interesting.
Nala and Simba: Nia Holloway and Jared Dixon
Love her Nala and his Simba. Wonderful pairing.
Katherine and Jack Kelly: Kaitlyn Frank and Joey Barreiro
While I only remember Joey Barreiro’s portrayal, I said they are my favorite pairing. I just can’t help but think about Joey. That is why I said these two are my favorite pairing- all because of Joey.
Jasmine and Aladdin: Naomi Scott and Mena Massoud
Yes, my favorite pairing is from the live action Aladdin movie. That could soon change: if I see Aladdin in person in September.
Belle and Beast: Emma Watson and Dan Stevens
So, I have two favorite Disney pairings from live action Disney movies.
Kim and Chris: Emily Bautista and Anthony Festa
Well, they are the only Kim and Chris I saw.
Christine and Raoul: Grace Morgan and Ben Jacoby
I may not remember anything about their Christine and Raoul. However, they currently are my favorite Christine and Raoul. I still remember my reaction during Phantom of the Opera: spellbound and choked up. That does say something. I remember getting attached to Christine in May of 2014.
Cosette and Marius: Jillian Butler and Joshua Grosso
I don’t really need to explain the two of them (I have said I believe, a lot about Joshua’s Marius). The reason why I remember Jillian’s Cosette so well is because of Joshua’s Marius. They are such an adorable couple- which I can’t explain.
Elphaba and Fiyero: Mary Kate Morrissey and Ashley Parker Angel
Of four casts, they are the only Elphaba and Fiyero I remember. It is crazy how just saying that Elphaba and Fiyero are a couple is a spoiler in itself.