Genie Genius!

Aladdin comes to London’s West End

Enchanting spectacle is what Walt Disney Theatrical’s legendary creative team does best. This summer, they’ve waved the magic wand even higher with the opening of a new musical performance of Aladdin at the Prince Edward Theatre in London. It’s not simply that no other show in the West End has ever benefited from such a large production—after all, size isn’t everything; what this show has, above all else, is magic at its most breathtakingly.

As the curtain rose on June 15, we were transported to the exotic Arabian Nights by a kaleidoscope of colors rippling through stunning sets, along with exquisitely detailed outfits by two-time Tony Award-winning costume designer, Gregg Barnes. Every character, from minor to major roles, wore an original design lavished with crystals. To illustrate the point, on just one of the male costumes there are a dazzling 1,700 crystals, and altogether, an eye-watering total of 2.1 million Swarovski crystals were used.

The show’s stars blazed brilliantly: Jade Ewen (of Sugababes fame) as Princess Jasmine brings her heart and soul to our favorite Academy Award-winning hits, as well as new music written especially for the production. Another rising Brit, Dean John-Wilson, was sensational as Aladdin, while Broadway’s Trevor Dion Nicholas made his London stage debut as Genie. It was Robin Williams who originally brought this character to life in the animated feature film; he melted our hearts, of course, so it wasn’t an easy act to follow, but Nicholas more than does justice to the role.

If the Genie were to give you just one wish, you’d make it a ticket to see this show—it’s the musical smash of the summer!

Photography by Deen van Meer ® Disney