Disney's Aladdin The Musical | Prince Edward Theatre, London

You know when you love something so much it brings you to happy tears? Something that fills you with so much joy you just feel an overwhelming sense of contentment? That's how I feel about Disney. The films, the characters, the parks and now; the Theatre shows. I'd previously seen The Lion King several years ago, and didn't think anything would be on par with it, until I saw Aladdin last week. I was completely blown away, and have spent the past five days playing the music, re-reading the show guide and watching back my vlog from the day.

Aladdin is a classic 1992's Academy Award-winning animated Disney film. We've all heard A Whole New World and the Character of Genie now lives on as a wonderful tribute to Robin Williams, the voice of the original film. (These photos from the production really don't do any justice, so I've shared the trailer below for you to watch too!)

Last Saturday, I was kindly invited to the Prince Edward Theatre in London by Disney and MAC Cosmetics, for a makeup masterclass and behind the scenes look into the art and magic that is created to bring the characters to life on stage for both Aladdin and The Lion King. The day was truly wonderful, with an opportunity to meet both Jade who plays Jasmine, and Trevor who plays Genie. Read more on the day HERE. Included in the day was the opportunity to see either show, and of course, I jumped at the chance to see Aladdin! It's been on my bucket list for ages.

Dean John-Wilson plays the role of Aladdin alongside Jade Ewen as Jasmine. Dean really brings Aladdin's quirky and fun character to life, and Jade makes a beautiful Princess. Together, their chemistry on stage is really special. Broadway cast member Trevor Dion Nicholas makes his London stage debut as Genie, and in all honestly, he stole the show. He's a true asset to the production! The humour and fun he brings had me crying with laughter, I had the biggest grin across my face when he appeared out of the stage. His ballad in Friend Like Me is my favourite song from the whole show, it included references to some of my favourite Disney Songs from other films, you have to go and listen! Trevor is also joined by Don Gallagher as Jafar, Peter Howe as Iago, Irvine Iqbal as the Sultan, Nathan Amzi as Babkak, Stephen Rahman-Hughes as Kassim and Rachid Sabitri as Omar.

Aladdin features the timeless songs from the film, as well as new music written by Tony, Olivier and eight-time Academy Award winner Alan Menken (what a hero!). With lyrics from Howard Ashman, Tim Rice, Chad Beguelin and a book by Beguelin, Aladdin is directed and choreographed by Tony and Olivier Award winner Casey Nicholaw. I loved the music so much, I've been playing on repeat on Spotify pretty much since I left the theatre. Proud Of Your Boy is a beautiful song, and made me cry. I also loved Prince Ali and of course not to mention A Whole New World made my tear up too. Alongside the music, one element that really surprised me was the dancing - there's a scene dedicated to tap and it's absolutely amazing!

Look at that set! The gold cave was absolutely breathtaking, I was in awe! Aladdin is designed by Olivier and seven-time Tony-winning scenic designer Bob Crowley, lighting designer Natasha Katz, costume designer Gregg Barnes and sound designer Ken Travis. I won't spoil it but the Magic Carpet scene? Far better than you can imagine. I was truly lost in believing it was flying. Disney, you do no disappoint.

Whilst I was behind the scenes talking all things hair and makeup, Jade told me they hand make the costumes, which are embellished with countless tiny beads and Swarovski crystals. I didn't appreciate this until I saw it myself, the sparkle on the girls dresses was stunning.

Aladdin The Musical plays Monday to Saturday at 7.30pm, with matinee performances on Thursday and Saturday at 2.30pm. 

If you're interested in tickets, then don't miss the Aladdin Lottery! Never heard of it? Well, a limited number of tickets are available via an online lottery. It opens at 11am on Mondays and closes at 11am on Tuesdays. Entrants can select up to 3 performances for the following week and are eligible to win up to 2 tickets (priced at £25 each) per draw. Entrants can choose to enter for a pair of tickets or a single seat. To enter the Aladdin ticket lottery click here!

I came out the theatre feeling an overwhelming amount of happiness (look at the grins on our faces!). I genuinely couldn't fault it and am already desperate to see it again! If you want humour, harem-pants and plenty of magic, then prepare yourself for a shining, shimmering, splendid show!

Get tickets for Aladdin here.

*Complimentary Press Tickets. Huge thank you to Disney for inviting me to experience the show. Show photography courtesy of © Disney. London Production Images. Credit Deen van Meer.

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