Theater: Aladdin – National Tour

Opened: April 11, 2017

Book by: Chad Beguelin

Music by: Alan Menken

Lyrics by: Howard Ashman, Tim Rice & Chad Beguelin

National Tour Replacement Cast: Jonah Ho’okano, Korie Lee Blossey, Kaenaonālani Kekoa, Jonathan Weir, Reggie De Leon, Jerald Vincent, Zach Bencal, Ben Chavez, Colt Prattes, Jeremy Gaston, Adam Stevenson, Frank Viveros, Michael Bullard, Michael Callahan, Cornelius Davis, Matthew deGuzman, Max B. Ehrlich, Carissa Fiorillo, Keisha Gilles, Wes Hart, Erik Hernandez, Orianna Hilliard, Cameron Hobbs, Cameron Mitchell Jackson, Albert Jennings, Kenway Hon Wai K. Kua, Jason Scott Macdonald, Xavier McKinnon, Angelina Mullins, Celina Nightengale, Allie Pizzo, Cassidy Stoner, Liv Symone, Alec Varcas, Annie Wallace, Michelle West & Zach Williams

With an almost exact replica of the Broadway production, the national tour production of Aladdin will continue to create new fans in the younger audience and remind the older audience of why they love this story.

When Princess Jasmine (Kaenaonālani Kekoa) escapes the palace in Agrabah, she runs into street thief Aladdin (Jonah Ho’okano). Their connection happens fast, but they’re quickly separated. Aladdin soon finds a lamp that produces a Genie (Korie Lee Blossey) that can help grant wishes to get back to Jasmine.

Both Kekoa and Ho’okano give great performances, but like the Broadway version – and the film to be honest – they’re overshadowed by the energy and pizzazz of Blossey’s Genie. He gives show-stopping performances in both acts that will bring the audience to a roaring applause.

Final say: A familiar world that you’ll want to revisit. ★★★★☆

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