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BROADWAY IN PORTLAND. Disney’s Aladdin, the hit Broadway musical, is coming to Portland for a limited premiere engagement beginning March 27. The musical is an adaptation of Disney’s classic story of a poor Arabian boy who seeks to win the heart of a beautiful princess with the help of a magic genie. Sixteen performances will be held at the Keller Auditorium, located at 222 S.W. Clay Street in Portland, between March 27 and April 7. (Photos/Deen van Meer, courtesy of Broadway in Portland)
From The Asian Reporter, V29, #06 (March 18, 2019), page 11.
Aladdin opens March 27 at Portland’s Keller Auditorium
Disney’s Aladdin, the hit Broadway musical, is coming to Portland for a limited premiere engagement beginning March 27. The musical, adapted from the animated Disney film and centuries-old folktales including One Thousand and One Nights, is featured at Keller Auditorium through April 7. The performances are held as part of the Broadway in Portland series.
Aladdin opened on Broadway at the New Amsterdam Theatre to critical acclaim on March 20, 2014 and quickly established itself as one of the biggest new blockbusters in recent years, breaking 13 New Amsterdam Theatre house records and welcoming nearly 10 million people worldwide. The show’s global footprint has expanded to include productions in Tokyo, Hamburg, London, and Australia, in addition to two U.S. productions.
The musical is an adaptation of Disney’s classic story of a poor Arabian boy who seeks to win the heart of a beautiful princess with the help of a magic genie. The tale sweeps audiences into a world of adventure, comedy, and romance.
The animated film Aladdin was released by Disney in 1992. It was a box-office smash and the highest-grossing film that year.
The musical begins by welcoming the audience to the ancient city of Agrabah, where a poor but streetwise young man named Aladdin is caught stealing a loaf of bread in the marketplace. He narrowly escapes the guards with the help of his friends and fellow thieves — Babkak, who is always thinking about food, the timid Omar, and tough-as-nails Kassim.
Soon, a royal entourage appears. It includes prince Abdullah, who is on his way to woo princess Jasmine. Aladdin gets in the way and the prince mocks him.
After Jasmine refuses the prince and swears to marry only for love, the Sultan decrees she must obey the law and marry a prince. In defiance, Jasmine runs away, but in doing so, triggers the villainous royal vizier, Jafar, who is desperate to gain control of the kingdom, to find a spell to lead him to a lamp holding an all-powerful genie.
Eventually Jasmine and Aladdin meet. Trying to avoid trouble, the two escape and end up sharing with each other their experiences of feeling trapped. Aladdin finds the lamp and eventually releases the genie. As his adventure continues, a cave collapses, lies are told, and wishes are granted.
The travelling production features a full score, including the five cherished songs from the Academy Award-winning soundtrack and more written especially for the stage.
The show plays Tuesdays through Fridays at 7:30pm, Saturdays at 2:00pm and 7:30pm, and Sundays at 1:00pm and 6:30pm. An additional matinee show is scheduled for Thursday, March 28 at 1:00pm. The Keller Auditorium is located at 222 S.W. Clay Street in Portland.
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