I remember seeing the original Disney’s Aladdin (animated film) in 1992 with my family. It was a delight that had my entire family laughing from my little brother who was in pre-school to my parents. It’s always been a favorite because of the warm fuzzy feelings it gives me so had extremely high expectations when the Broadway show came to the Pantages. We’ve all seen the video of the Broadway cast ‘sing-off’ at the airport with the Lion King cast. The Disneyfication of Broadway has given me hours of joy watching beloved animated series and none have been a disappointment. From the puppetry of The Lion King and delighted by the Beauty and the Beast costumes … Disney musicals are pure magic.
I adored the show it’s a scrumptious visual light pastry that is full of layers to delight attendees of all ages. The moment the curtain opened I was intrigued with the beautiful Aladdin and Jasmine whose voices twirled and danced in my ear like dervishes. The Genie had huge feet to fill but he was able to channel the comic genius of Robin Williams and make it his own. I loved how they were able to translate the animation to real life. We all remember the saucy sarcastic parrot constantly whispering in the Sultans ear. Going into the show I thought they might use a toy bird with a recorder but to have a ‘mini me’ with all the spunk and trouble played by Reggie De Leon (Iago) was hilarious from the evil laugh to plotting with the Sultan to take over the kingdom. I was giggling like a schoolgirl. The costumes were BEAUTIFUL and truly enriched the visuals of the show adding texture and placing them in the Arabian nights fantasy of this Disney fairytale. The costumes didn’t just add texture but also content that reminded me of some of my favorite scenes from the animated films but still allowing the cast to dance and sing. The set designer out did themselves with the market and the cave of treasure. I don’t want to give away too much but don’t take your eyes away from one moment. Try to study the depth and how design enriched the playto transport youto another world. Watching Aladdin made me feel as if I was on the stage with the movement, brightness and cast interactions with the set. It felt ‘real’ and people around me ‘oohed and aahed’ so many times with me. I mean the man to the right gasped with me when the flying carpet took off. When people say ‘Disney magic’ they are talking about this musical that looked so much like a live action of the animated movie that I plan to watch the film again!
Perfect show to see with BFF
The story of boy meets girl and boy finds a genie is the classic romcom I needed to have my feet tapping with beloved songs from the Disney library and new music. My gosh the flying carpet was a marvel and had me so lost in the moment I felt it was magic (since I have NO idea how they did it) but I have never wanted to fly above the city in arms of a good-hearted thief more! I truly recommend going to see Aladdin with your BFF, the person who stole your heart and of course anyone who’s a kid or a kid at heart. Aladdin will show you the world and leave you delighted.
Aladdin opened on Broadway in 2014 with homage to the animated film and fairy tale but with a Walt Disney stamp to appeal to fans of all ages. It was with joy and anticipation to learn that it would make its first appearance in January so was delighted to be able to attend the first show. I wasn’t the only one since the filled Pantages had fans young and old ready to rub a lamp and have Adam Jacobs the Broadway actor who originated the role appear to grant THREE wishes. In addition to Adam Jacobs, Reggie De Leon reprises his role as Iago from the Broadway show.
Aladdin, Hollywood Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood; Jan. 10-March 31; $35-$205. hollywoodpantages.com.
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Let’s kick off the holiday foodie season at the second annual L.A. Weekly’s Sips & Sweets
on Saturday, December 12, 2015 from 8 – 11 pm t Magic Box @ The Reef
I plan to attend the fun event full of delicious food, drinks and SHOPPPING all in one place! You get the chance to nibble from 20 of Los Angeles’ top bakers, try handcrafted cocktail sips from 15 mixologists and the chance to ‘buy local’ with more than 25 artisanal craftspeople!
L.A. Weekly’s own food critic Besha Rodell and Roxana Jullapat have personally selected what you will be eating, drinking and shopping at Magic Box @ The Reef. Tickets are still available to join us on Saturday, December 12th from 8 – 11 pm where you’ll be able to buy holiday gifts and trinkets for the holiday season. Everyone will appreciate a unique gift for Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, festivus or office gift exchange.
This year’s pastry chef and baker lineup features sweets from Shannon Swindle of Craft LA, Clemence Gosset of The Gourmandise School of Sweets and Savories, Mariah Swan of bld Restaurant and ICDC, Ledlow, Luis Ayala of Broken Spanish, Paige Russell of Hatchet Hall, Elizabeth Belkind of Cake Monkey Bakery, Megan Potthoff of WP24, Sherry Yard of Helm’s Bakery, Courtney Reed of Belcampo Meat Co., Zenai Leal of Salt’s Cure, Monica May of Nickel Diner, McConnell’s Fine Ice Creams and other tasty surprises!
Hand-made cocktails will be prepared by Mikki Kristola of The Varnish, Robin Chopra of Corazon Y Miel, Karen Grill of Sassafras Saloon, Ryan Wainwright of Terrine, Darwin Manahan of Osso and Cliff’s Edge, Ben Scott of Alexander’s Steakhouse, Avery Underhill of Butchers & Barbers, Christiaan Rollich of the Lucques Group, Josh Goldman of the Soigné Group, Michael Lay of Broken Spanish and B.S. Taqueria, John Kelly O’Hare of Sonny’s Hideaway, Gabriella Mlynarczyk of Birch and The Loving Cup, Jesus Gomez of 1886 Bar, Edwin Osegueda of Faith and Flower and Adam Nystrom of EP + LP and be prepared for surprises that will make you want to add these drinks to your own shindig!
All pastry chefs will offer tasty samples of their famous sweet and savory treats, while each bartender will present sips of their signature holiday drinks.
General Admission tickets include: entry into the event, unlimited food samples from over 20 LA pastry chefs, beer, wine and artisanal cocktail samples and access to our handcrafted vendor village with 20+ vendors. VIP Admission ticket includes: all of the General Admission perks plus 1 hour early entry into the event and a special VIP Gift Bag.
A portion of proceeds from the event will be donated to Food Forward. Food Forward rescues fresh local produce that would otherwise go to waste, connecting this abundance with people in need, and inspiring others to do the same.
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Sips & Sweets 2015
Presented by LA Weekly
LA Weekly is proud to present Sips & Sweets 2015! In its second year, our now annual holiday party will feature over 20 of the city’s top bakers, over 20 of LA’s most respected mixologists and more than 25 artisanal craftspeople. Join us Saturday, December 12th from 8pm – 11pm and sample delicious confections, sip on handcrafted cocktails and shop for amazing holiday gifts and trinkets. Curated by the LA Weekly’s own food critic Besha Rodell and Roxana Jullapat, this eating, drinking and shopping extravaganza is one not to be missed.
Sips & Sweets
Saturday, December 12, 2015
8pm – 11pm with a VIP Hour from 7pm – 8pm
Magic Box @ The REEF
1933 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90007
21+ event. All guests must have a valid ID for entry.
LA Weekly’s Sips & Sweets Charity partner
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