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To be disappointed with 'Aladdin' show?

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Bearcats Mon 19-Dec-16 23:59:19

The set was beautiful, by far some of the best sets I've ever seen on stage and it looked amazing. Tickets are quite pricey but thought it would be worth it, thought how magical it'd be to see it on stage.

However.

It was a glorified pantomime. I was so excited (huge Disney fan!) and seeing as it was a Disney production expected it to follow quite closely to the film. It didn't, Aladdin and Jasmine were average at best. The genie did an amazing job I'll give him that. I don't really know how to explain it, but lots of cringey jokes and overacting made it no different to the local panto.

So gutted, I thought it was going to be amazing. On the way home now and trying not to let DP know how disappointed I am!

PNGirl Tue 20-Dec-16 00:07:36

Was this the new musical that BBC came from Broadway or the Aladdin panto in Hammersmith?

We could't get Aladdin tickets a couple of weeks back so went to School of Rock which I highly recommend.

PNGirl Tue 20-Dec-16 00:08:11

BBC!? Sorry, ignore that bit.

Bearcats Tue 20-Dec-16 00:13:09

No unfortunately not the panto, the Disney musical that came from Broadway. Had it been the panto I wouldn't have minded!

Sybys Tue 20-Dec-16 00:59:16

The UK reviews pretty much called it a glorified panto, although some of the critics liked that.

OliviaBensonOnAGoodDay Tue 20-Dec-16 01:00:56

I agree OP. Wasn't what I thought it would be, although the Genie was fab.

kerryob Tue 20-Dec-16 01:36:22

Ooh I was looking at going for DH birthday, think I'll get tickets to les mis instead as it's not cheap

likepeasandcarrots Tue 20-Dec-16 01:43:30

I enjoyed it, the genie was superb. I liked the lead actors but thought their singing voices were a bit average TBH.
Overall I thought it was a fabulous show though and I have seen quite a few. It's worth seeing.

Maisy84 Tue 20-Dec-16 01:47:56

Matilda is brilliant, we saw it on Sunday and the children were mesmerised - I think will try School of Rock next.

CurlyMango Tue 20-Dec-16 20:53:54

I went a couple of weeks ago and thought the same as you. It's costly and not that great, not quite what I was expecting,

Bearcats Tue 20-Dec-16 21:55:31

I'm glad I'm not the only one at least!

Thanks for the other recommendations, will have a look!

RowenaRavenclawsLostDiaphragm Wed 21-Dec-16 01:21:31

I saw it on Broadway earlier this year and couldn't agree with you more.

We saw Wicked a few days later which was amazing!

Sybys Wed 21-Dec-16 01:50:24

Book of Mormon is incredible, but not family friendly.

Boudiccaiceni Wed 21-Dec-16 09:09:35

YANBU

I only lasted until the interval, it was the most expensive panto I have ever watched.

noeuf Tue 27-Dec-16 17:53:19

I have found my people! Saw it this week and it was just an expensive panto. So disappointing and cheesy.

MrsJayy Tue 27-Dec-16 17:57:56

Tbf Aladdin the disney film is a bit pantoy baddie goodie etc etc sorry you didnt enjoy it though im watching a thing on sky arts about Disney on stage and they showed the broiadway cast looks great.

rubybleu Tue 27-Dec-16 18:51:27

I thought it was dreadful - Aladdin and Jasmine are incredibly mediocre. The Genie was the show's only saving grace.

To add insult to injury, the engineers got the sound balance wrong in our show so we struggled to hear the words over the music.

I have family who worked on the Southern Hemisphere tour and apparently that was significantly better than the London show.

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