The opening number
Oh ah come from a land, from a far away place (Yorkshire)
Where the caravan camels roam (bikes – there’s so many bikes since the Tour de France)
Where it’s flat and immense, and the heat is intense, it’s barbaric, but hey it’s home!
(to be honest this is the complete opposite of my land but roll with it…)
Aye up, good eve to you friend.
Please, please, come closer.
Welcome ta Yorkshire,
County of bikers, towering hills, and t’ finest tea this side of t’ Pennines.
On sale today, come on down!
Look at this! Yes! Combination fryer and fridge – also makes Yorksha puddings. No?
Ok, how ’bout this? The famous mug used by Bradford born Dynamo himself. Not interested?
Wait, don’t go!
Ah can see tha’ you’re only interested in the exceptionally rare.
Ah think then, you would be most rewarded to ‘ave a gander at this.
Do not be fooled by its commonplace appearance.
Like sa menny things, it is not wha’ is outside, but wha’ is inside tha’ counts.
This is nay ordinary lamp! It once changed the course of a young man’s life.
A young man, who like this lamp, was more than wha’ ‘e seemed.
A diamond in t’ rough.
Perhaps you would like ta ‘ear the tale?
It begins on a popular reality TV show, where one boy changes ‘is life forever…
Most of us 90s kids have a strong connection towards Disney. It was initially force fed on VHS in the hope of quietening us down and making us drop our Tamagotchi’s, Pogs or Furby’s, like some weird childhood initiation.
I love Disney whether I was brainwashed or not and Aladdin is near the very top of my list so the bar was set pretty damn high… But I can reveal, this musical did not disappoint.
It was colourful, blindingly so. All of the sets were devilishly dramatic. There were around 6570 costume changes. The dance numbers were exotic. The songs were nostalgic. The humour was on point. And the magic carpet did fly!
Ok so they couldn’t have a real 50 foot snake, or a real talking parrot or a real trained monkey, but it just didn’t seem to matter. Pfft, you’re always told never to work with animals anyway.
Now the one man, or should I say mystic being that made this show oh so memorable was the ultra legendary, the superstar diva, the biggest thing since Kim Kardashians ass, The Genie! A showboat, show off and true show man. Buy tickets simply for the ‘Friend like me’ scene in the Cave of Wonders. E-P-I-C! *with a finger click and a head shake* is the best way to describe it.
Aladdin is one show stopper of a musical jam packed with toe tapping numbers and decorated with all the bells, whistles and golden lamps to match. If you have to pick one show to watch this year, make it Aladdin, you won’t regret it.