The Magic of Aladdin

The Magic of Aladdin

There are 2 weeks until we leave for Disneyland and we have 3 runs to finish while we’re there. Each run has a theme and when I found out the 10k was all about Aladdin, I was so excited I could have rubbed my lamp. Can we just stop for a minute and check out the bling that I’ll be bringing back down under. Would you look at that Aladdin medal!

Disney Half Marathon 2016 medals

photo credit: Run Disney

Running around Disneyland is a wish come true as is scoring tickets to the new stage production of Aladdin at the Capitol Theatre… Which means I still have one more wish, right?

Enough about my wishes, back to Aladdin… Brought to the stage by the directors of the Lion King, Sydney’s newest musical has travelled the world via London’s West End and New York’s Broadway, and heaps of other cities in between. Talking of journeys, when the curtain rises, the audience really is  transported to a whole new world; full of colour, sparkle, adventure and romance. Oh, how I love love!

Aladdin & Jasmine Together - Ainsley Melham and Arielle Jacobs_Photo By Deen van Meer

The show has been adapted from the 1992 movie with some value added show stopping songs (plus all your old favourites), magical set design, fantastic special effects and a dazzling array of costumes (over 300 of them to be precise) with more sparkle than you can shake a stick at.

Friend Like Me_Photo By Deen van Meer

The tickets were perfectly timed not just because of the pre-race inspiration but because I had a visitor in town, and it was a joy to show her the Sydney stage at it’s finest. Coincidentally, Ria had recently seen Aladdin in London so we were keen to see if twice was still nice.

Aladdin - The Annoyed Thyroid

I’m happy to say it was. The Aussie production has it all. Daring adventure – tick!  Classic comedy – tick!  Timeless Romance – tick! Magic Carpet – Tick! Yes, there’s even a magic carpet! For realz! Ria was sure  she’d be able to work out how the magic in the carpet happens the second time around, but alas, that’s going to be one of Disney’s best kept secrets, unless like me, you believe that carpets really can fly. I saw it with my own eyes!

Arabian Nights_Photo By Deen van Meer

Despite having all the hallmarks of a Disney dazzler, with the high energy, show stopping songs and a whole lot of wisecracks, this production is uniquely Australian with homegrown jokes a plenty and a cast that showcases the best of Aussie talent (and some fine Americans too!)

Aladdin and Lamp - Ainsley Melham_Photo By Deen van Meer

Ainsley Melham gives a cracker of a performance as Aladdin and does a stellar job of being Chief Lamp Rubber, Bromance Co-Ordinator and Princess Woo-er. Talking of princesses, the chemistry between Aladdin and Princess Jasmine, played by American, Arielle Jacobs, is pure gold.

Jasmine Market Place - Arielle Jacobs_Photo By Deen van Meer

Michael James Scott is clearly Genie by name and genie by nature. His performance is just magic! He  lights up the stage and as do the ensemble, whose gold pants are encrusted with over 1400 Swarovski crystals! Bling, bling!

Genie - Michael James Scott_Photo By Deen van Meer

The cast are as fabulous off stage as they are on. I got my snaps with the stars and my programme signed. And yes, I was excited as I looked. I can’t remember the last time I got an autograph!

Aladdin - The Annoyed Thyroid

Aladdin really is all your theatre wishes come true and the show delivers everything you’re wishing for… and then a little bit more. I know it all started with one thousand and one nights, but Disney’s Aladdin is one night of pure delight.

Aladdin is now showing at the Capitol Theatre, Sydney. Tickets are on sale now! 

What’s your favourite Disney movie? If you had three wishes, what would you wish for?

Bridges PR kindly gifted me the tickets but all opinions and bad puns are my own. Show images by Deen van Meer. 

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  • wow that’s come around quickly, what an amazing experience I can’t wait to hear how you guys go! I LOVE musicals and have everything crossed Aladdin comes to Brissy, otherwise I might just have to make a special trip to Sydney to see it!

    • Aladdin really is totally worth coming to Sydney for. You’d get to see the show and while you’re in town, I’d get to see you too! #winning

  • Wow, that looks like a great production!

  • LydiaCLee

    We haven’t seen this yet – I’m still deciding whether to take the youngest…

    • I think it would be great for ages six and up – it really is such a treat for big kids (like me) and little ones alike!

  • I would LOVE to see this, it looks amazing!

  • Unbelievable sights! Indescribable feeling! I love that you love Disney so much, and the look on your face as you’re getting an autograph is priceless 🙂

    • I though I was going to spontaneously combust with excitement at the stage door! Getting an autograph never gets old, and talking of old, I don’t think I’ll ever be too old for Disney, it nurtures my inner child 🙂

  • merilyn

    i love your magical child archetype lovely sammie!
    it’s infectious in a very good way!
    thank you for always putting a smile on my dial!
    much love m:)X

  • Wow! That looks so good. Always nice having “new” shows come through. I have heard great things on this one.

  • Those photos are amazing!! What a spectacular show. I will definitely add it to the must see list for when (hopefully) it tours Brissie.

  • I love Disney – movies, characters, merchandise, Disneyland – all of it! This looks great! Good luck on the run 🙂

  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella

    I love that it has Australian touches to it too! It’s so close Sammie!! I’m excited for you 😀

  • I would love to see Aladdin. It looks amazing!! (There’s my first wish!) Our dance school is also doing Aladdin for their end of year concert and the girls are very excited.

  • Those medalsssss <3333333333333333333333333333

    If i'm ever going to run a marathon it'll be a Disney one – solely for the medal 😛

    Aladdin would be such a great show! I've never met a Disney creation I didn't like!

    • In 2014 David ran the 5k with me and I ran the half and he had major medal FOMO, I think that’s why he’s so keen to go back and bring home ALL the bling!

      I’m with you I love anything and everything Disney!

  • Oooh look at Jasmine’s hair. So pretty!!! Honestly Sammie you have seen so many awesome shows lately!!! Good for you! I would love to see Aladdin. I took the girls to see an Aladdin ballet last year and it was wonderful x

    • I know, I’m so lucky! I love a good musical. I was so spoilt living in London and having so many new shows almost on my doorstep, that I like to make it my business to see every new show that comes to town! Aladdin ballet? That sounds just dreamy – what a treat for you and your little princesses x

  • I’d run for those pretty medals, or maybe a fast walk. I extremely unfit at the mo so hearing about all your exciting runs is defrosting my legs to no end 🙂 not many sleeps to go Sam!!!! Aw!!! Your gonna love it! Aladdin looks awesome – I know my boys would love it!! Hope you’ve reached your donations target #teamIBOT xx

    • Not many sleeps and not much training time… Eeep! I think there’s a lot for everyone to love in Aladdin, whatever your age! Fundraising is coming along really rather nicely… We’re almost there!

  • writeofthemiddle

    Oh Aladdin would be awesome to see! My daughter played Princess Jasmine in a production of Aladdin for Brisbane Arts Theatre a couple of years ago, so the story is very fresh in my mind! 🙂

  • Natalie @ Our Parallel Connect

    I love the look of excitement on your face at the ned. Like a kid in a candy shop

  • Sooo tempted to buy tix for this! It looks fabulous!

    • Oh you must! I know you will just love it! I’m thinking of getting tickets for me and David (he just doesn’t know that yet!)

  • Ah, I’m dead keen to see this show and my daughter would love to as well. I must get a grip! Best of best of luck for the running in Dineyland, I’ll enjoy following you on all social media and bloggy outlets. Enjoy it all to the max.

    • I’m desperate to see it again – I want to take hubby, he just doesn’t know it yet! I think it would be a great mummy/daughter date. I’m seriously excited about the Disney part of our trip, I hope I don’t spontaneously combust with excitement before I get there!

  • Oh I love seeing Disney Movies adapted to theatre. The only show I saw in London was The Lion King and it was awesome! x

    • Can you believe I missed the Lion King in London and on Broadway but I finally got to see it in Sydney? If you liked Lion King, you are going to love Aladdin!

  • Oh I’d love to see Aladdin.

    • I would really love to see it again. I’m thinking when we get back from Disney with our Aladdin 10k medal will be the perfect time – we’ll be all Aladd-inspired!

  • I really wanted to see this but I think I’m running out of time!! That run is coming around quickly!

    • That run is coming around a bit too quickly for my liking – so little time and so much training still to do! You’re not running out of time for Aladdin, though! Fortunately, he’s not riding out of town on that magic carpet anytime soon!