Disney’s “Aladdin” is at TPAC now until May 7. The magical production packed the auditorium on opening night and it was truly fun for the whole family.
As we walked into TPAC before opening night of the Disney classic, there was a buzz of excitement in the air. Some children (and adults) donned their best costumes, many choosing to dress like Jasmine. Attendees could be heard discussing their love for the movie and the music. This was an exciting performance even before the curtain rose.
“Arabian Nights” started the show on a familiar note, with people swaying and dancing in their seats. Although the music instantly drew us all in, there was something else that immediately caught my attention. This set design is one of the most beautiful I’ve ever seen. I felt like I was in Agrabah, watching Aladdin (Adi Roy) and his friends steal from the rich and give to the poor.
Once we went into the Cave of Wonders, the set design joined forces with lighting and special effects for a completely immersive experience that took us out of Nashville. Of course, it’s inside this cave where we meet Genie (Marcus M. Martin). He broke the fourth wall, speaking directly to Music City, and making us all burst at the seams with laughter. Anyone who plays Genie has big shoes to fill after Robin Williams but Martin more than filled them. He brought Genie to present-day with relatable jokes and impeccable comedic timing that kept us laughing.
Genie joined forces with Aladdin for one of the production’s most iconic songs, “Friend Like Me.” As the song ended, the audience cheered and applauded for several minutes. If it wouldn’t have been during Act I, I’m certain they would have gotten a standing ovation.
When Aladdin gets his first wish and becomes Prince Ali, the set changed from gold and jewels underground to a gorgeous palace fit for a princess. Aladdin and Jasmine’s “A Whole New World” took us flying on the magic carpet. We were immersed in the starry night in Agrabah. I never wanted this song, or this production, to end.
“Aladdin” is fun for the whole family. It will make 90s kids feel nostalgic for the original film and will introduce children to a whole new world. We can’t recommend this one enough. Get your tickets here.