Glenn's Review of Aladdin at Playhouse Square. Should You Go See It?

Photo credit Glenn Anderson (Audacy Radio)

The Disney film Aladdin came out in 1992, and by now I'm sure you've seen it.

At least I hope you have.

It's based on an Arabic folktale about a street rat named Aladdin who finds a magic lamp with a genie in it.  The genie helps to disguise Aladdin as a wealthy prince so he can win the heart of Jasmine.

It quickly became the highest grossing film of the year, and since then has been re-imagined and re-released..Remember Will Smith as a genie?

Moving on.

If you remember the original one, you remember how much the late Robin Williams delivered to the character of genie.  The quips, and one-offs...The timeliness of the humor.

This is why you need to see Aladdin at Playhouse Square through Sunday.

The storyline is the same, yet the dialogue has been modernized..Adults will find the humor in subtle life references. There are new songs that are not in the original movie.. but hey, we need to make the show worthy of an intermission, correct?

PHS pretzels need their own food group.

The star of the show is clearly Akron-native Marcus M. Martin who plays the genie.  His comedic-timing, along with the flow he creates in the show is not to be missed.

On a side note, the excitement he has for the role, as evidenced by his Instagram posts.. are a testament to how hard work and prayer pays off!

The set design is colorful and splashy.  The special effects, especially during the magic carpet scene, still have me guessing how they did it.

That's the magic of Disney.

Aladdin runs through March 12th at Connor Palace. Get more tickets and info HERE

Featured Image Photo Credit: Glenn Anderson (Audacy Radio)