Aladdin | Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

Aladdin Closing (Theater and Galleries) Recommended The Short List (Theater)

When: Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through Aug. 14 2011

Given the ready-made popularity of the material, director Matt Raftery could've gotten by with pure paint-by-numbers hackwork. But his production of the stage musical based on a 1992 Disney movie hit is much more than that. Every facet of Raftery's production is first-rate—costumes, set, music, and, above all, the wonderful cast, all of whom seem to be having a great deal of fun. More importantly, the actors make these familiar characters their own—especially Bernie Yvon, who finds a way to turn the genie into something better than a cheap copy of Robin Williams's screen version. All of the songs soar, and for 75 energetic, entertaining minutes the show is transporting. —Jack Helbig

Price: $15

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