Based on an animated film that contains a larger than life Genie, a mystical Cave of Wonders, magic carpet rides and talking animals, Aladdin is an unlikely candidate for adaptation to a stage musical. Most people are asking, will Disney be able to pull this one off? But this is Disney; of course they can pull it off. But rather than give a mechanical rendition of the movie, librettist Chad Beguelin drew on pop culture references like, Extreme Makeover, Beiber Fever, Beyonce, Slumdog Millionaire, and the iPhone (in addition to Disney standbys like The Little Mermaid, The Lion King and Mickey Mouse). These changes update this 20-year-old classic from the creative team of Alan Menken, Howard Ashman, Tim Rice and and make it accessible to today’s audience.
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