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Rousuck's Review: Disney's "Aladdin" at the Hippodrome

Photography by Deen van Meer

Theater critic J. Wynn Rousuck joins Tom for another of her weekly reviews of the Maryland stage, and today she spotlights the spectacular new musical production of Disney's Aladdin, the Broadway touring show now brightening the stage at Baltimore's Hippodrome Theatre.

Based on Disney's Oscar-winning 1992 animated film of the same name (which was also adapted earlier this year into a live action version), the Broadway  musical adaptation retains Aladdin's successful creative elements: the Alan Menken music,  and the lyrics by Howard Ashman, Tim Rice and Chad Beguelin, who also wrote the original book.

The lavish touring stage production is directed and choreographed at the Hippodrome by Casey Nicholaw, with scenic design by Bob Crowley, and featuring a nearly forty-member cast led by Jonah Ho'okano as Aladdin, Kaenaonalani Kekoa as Jasmine, and Korie Lee Blossey as Genie.

Disney's Aladdin continues at Baltimore's Hippodrome Theatre through Sunday, December 1st. Ticket info here.

J. Wynn Rousuck has been reviewing theater for WYPR's Midday (and previously, Maryland Morning) since 2007. Prior to that, she was the theater critic of The Baltimore Sun, where she reviewed more than 3,000 plays over the course of 23 years. Her feature coverage for The Sun included a comprehensive series chronicling the development of the Tony Award-winning musical, “Hairspray.” Judy got her start at The Cleveland Press and at Cleveland’s fine arts radio station, WCLV. Her broadcasting experience also includes a year as an on-air theater critic for Maryland Public Television.
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