Out and About: Disney’s ‘Aladdin’ Returns to Orlando With a High-Energy Take on the Tale

Adi Roy plays the title role in the latest tour of the Broadway musical “Aladdin.” (Courtesy Deen van Meer/Disney via Dr. Phillips Center)
Adi Roy plays the title role in the latest tour of the Broadway musical “Aladdin.” (Courtesy Deen van Meer/Disney via Dr. Phillips Center)

Last night was opening night for Disney’s “Aladdin,” part of this season’s Broadway In Orlando calendar at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Orlando, and it was a high-energy retelling of the story.

Based on Disney’s 1992 hit animated film of the same name, “Aladdin” is back on tour and back in Orlando, where it last played in 2020.

This tour is scaled back a bit from the last visit, but offers just as much all-ages fun from start to finish.

Senzel Ahmady (center) and the touring cast of the Broadway musical “Aladdin.”
Senzel Ahmady (center) and the touring cast of the Broadway musical “Aladdin.” (Courtesy Deen van Meer/Disney via Dr. Phillips Center)

A lot of that is due to the creative use of the available stage with sets that easily took the audience from Agrabah’s busy marketplace, to the Sultan’s castle, to the Genie’s sparling cave, to even the scene of Aladdin and Jasmine’s magic carpet ride.

But, credit where credit is due, “Aladdin” soars due to the talent of the cast, including Adi Roy as titular hero and Senzel Ahmady as Jasmine, who both showcased strong voices, as well as Anand Nagraj as Jafar, and Aaron Choi as Iago. Plus, special mention to Jake Letts, who shined in his few scenes as Aladdin’s friend Babkak.

Jake Letts as Babkak, Ben Chavez as Omar, Adi Roy as Aladdin, and Colt Prattes as Kassim
Jake Letts as Babkak, Ben Chavez as Omar, Adi Roy as Aladdin, and Colt Prattes as Kassim of the touring production of the Broadway musical “Aladdin.” (Courtesy Deen van Meer/Disney via Dr. Phillips Center)

Oh, but it’s when Marcus M. Martin hits the stage running as Genie in the amazingly high-energy and fun production of “Friend Like Me,” that the show truly won everyone over. It was like a 1000-watt ball of energy exploded on the stage at the Dr. Phillips Center…complete with disco ball and all things shiny.

Marcus M. Martin as the Genie (center) with the company of the touring production of Disney’s “Aladdin.” (Courtesy Deen van Meer/Disney via Dr. Phillips Center)

The production tells all the fine points of the movie’s story, while also inserting knowing winks and pop culture references.

For example, when Genie goes to pull the lamp out of his pocket, he accidentally pulled out a Grogu toy (Star Wars “The Mandalorian”), mentioning he went shopping while they were in town. He also found time to yell out, “Wakanda Forever,” which had the audience howling with laughter.

Anand Nagraj as Jafar and Aaron Choi as Iago in the Broadway musical “Aladdin.”
Anand Nagraj as Jafar and Aaron Choi as Iago in the Broadway musical “Aladdin.” (Courtesy Deen van Meer/Disney via Dr. Phillips Center)

This is one of the most fun times I’ve had seeing a theater production at the Dr. Phillips Center, and I highly recommend it to theater fans of all ages.

In fact this would be a great show to introduce the kids to live theater, if you haven’t already.

The Broadway in Orlando production of Disney’s “Aladdin” is at the Dr. Phillips Center through this Sunday, January 7, 2024

Tickets start at $35 per person, and may be purchased at DrPhillipsCenter.org, and at the venue’s box office.

Marcus M. Martin, Adi Roy and the touring cast of the Broadway musical “Aladdin.”
Marcus M. Martin, Adi Roy and the touring cast of the Broadway musical “Aladdin.” (Courtesy Deen van Meer/Disney via Dr. Phillips Center)
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