Aladdin (Original Broadway Cast Recording)
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A Brave New Interpretation
First, let me say that this is a review of the soundtrack itself and not the production. I have followed the development of this musical since its Seattle premiere in 2011. The show has come a long way since then, and all the hard work of the cast and creative team has paid off. This may not be Disney’s best Broadway venture, but it will still delight and entertain, likely, for years to come. The creative team behind Broadway’s Aladdin has taken some brave risks with the style of the show, but it seems to all pay off, giving the score a swing/jazz feeling reminiscent of what the late lyricist Howard Ashman had envisioned for the project. It is not without flaws, however, perhaps the biggest of which is Courtney Reed’s Jasmine. Her singing is passible, and becomes more enjoyable with more listens, but her dialogue delivery is rather stale and, for lack of a better word, fake (please note that I actually study theatre and am not merely making blind observations). Alan Menken’s new score is rather fun on the whole, and even the worst of the new material (“These Palace Walls,” in my opinion) can get stuck in your head easily. All together, the Original Broadway Cast recording of Disney’s Aladdin is a pleasant and refreshing surprise.
This soundtrack is amazing it's like I'm sitting in the theater watching aladdin over and over again
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This show is incredible. If you are ever in NYC you need to see it. This show makes you believe in a while new world!!