FOCUS ON FAMILY: ALADDIN
Based upon one of the most memorable films in Disney's estimable canon of animated masterpieces, ALADDIN is a worldwide sensation, both onscreen and on stage, eminently appealing to all generations.
The highest-grossing film of 1992, Disney's ALADDIN introduced a relatable hero to stand proudly alongside the unforgettable heroines of THE LITTLE MERMAID and BEAUTY AND THE BEAST in the Disney Renaissance pantheon as it played out in final years of the 20th century.
Once again showcasing a sterling score by Academy Award-winning Disney stalwarts Alan Menken and Howard Ashman, the score for ALADDIN was further abetted by contributions from Tony Award-winning lyricist Sir Tim Rice on what would be his first feature film for the House of Mouse (to be followed shortly thereafter by THE LION KING, among others).
With a showstopping performance by Robin Williams as The Genie along with sparkling vocal contributions from iconic Tony Award-winning Broadway and West End MISS SAIGON headliner Lea Salonga, ALADDIN scored an Oscar for its central romantic duet, "A Whole New World", as well as Original Score.
Subsequently, a 2011 Broadway adaptation of the property achieved similar success, currently running to this very day on the Great White Way and around the world in an adaptation featuring several new songs, many with lyrics by Chad Beguelin in addition to numerous Menken/Ashman/Rice originals.
Now, the classic musical comes to the big screen yet again in a live action 3D feature film adaptation directed by Guy Ritchie, set to hit screens later this year.
A timeless story of beating impossible odds and crossing class boundaries in the name of love, ALADDIN is a prime example of a family-friendly theatre piece showcasing a powerful story of perseverance, romance and magic.
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