Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Aladdin the Musical: Part 2

Remember this post I wrote about “Aladdin the Musical” awhile back? *click*

Managed to catch it on Dec 2nd thanks to Baby who brought me. :) I was actually pretty excited to go for it since I caught Peter Pan last year and Magical Musicals show earlier this year, and wanted to compare notes. Also because Yew kept going on and on about how great it was and how it’s a MUST WATCH for musical fans out there >.<

Our tickets to the musical :) Ticket says Blue Zone, but we were ushered to the Red Zone when we got there :D

Being a BIG fan of musicals, I will analyse the musicals that I’ve watched, and see how it compares to previous musicals in the past. So after watching and analysing it, here’s my verdict:

It’s a fresh concept to use real animals for the marketplace scene, however I don’t think it’s entirely new. Perhaps that was used earlier in other musicals, but I guess that would be a first in musical history for Malaysia.

The dancers look very professional and ‘keng’ from far away (I was sitting in the Blue Zone for both PP and MM so I thought they were pretty good), but when you’re sitting in the Red Zone (which is nearer), you see the flaws, and the uncertainties in their dance steps, so they were probably not as good as I thought they were :/ Also the steps are VERY recycled. I see the same kind of steps for all three musicals! :(

This is the first dance scene, not very clear here, but they're wearing long dresses, which wasn't appropriate cos there was a lot of footwork going on :/ and the dresses got caught quite a few times

The costumes are pretty elaborate, and it does make some of the cast look bigger than they are in real life. More thought has to be given to the wardrobe for the cast and dancers. Like, the first dancing scene, the costumes for the female dancers actually made it harder for them to dance. I know, cos I was a dancer, and I can see them struggling to get it (the costumes) out of the way.

Jaafar was great as the villain, and being able to sing in that evil nasally voice for an entire song was awesome though I didn’t really like the song that much and didn’t think it fit with the theme of the musical.

I love the flame throwers. They’re awesome! :D

The genie was a little too hyper for his own good. But it was a very good effort on his part cos he managed to liven up the mood of the musical. I loved how he always made an entrance.

The flying carpet scene was a little FU cos the strings holding the carpet up was super visible, and the transition of the heights was very jerky, so it threw off the romantic mood that it was trying to achieve. Sidenote: KLCC and Sunway Lagoon sign as a backdrop is a no-no.

Perhaps the organizers should reconsider their branding exercise in the musical. Just mentioning ‘Sunway Lagoon’ halfway during a scene is enough to put the audience off, and throw them in fits of laughter for some and unappreciated mirth for others.

The fake snow and bubbles were a nice touch to end the show, but then again, I could be biased, cos I love bubbles :p

Vocals wise, I wished they could have chosen better vocalists. They are good, but not good enough. MM was better.

If I had to rate this, I would give it a 3/5. Some parts are good, and some can be improved, and I definitely gave them points for effort. Comparing to their two predecessors, I would say it’s definitely better than PP and MM. Not to be too critical, but as a fan of musicals, there is definitely more room for improvement for this particular one.

If you have kids, by all means, bring them along for the musical. It’s actually pretty good fun for the kids. When I was there, there was this group of ten-year-olds in front of me, and they were having a ball of a time! 

See how excited they are? :D

If you want to go for the musical, go for the pure joy of experiencing it with friends and/ or loved ones. Don’t be too critical, otherwise you will find yourself growling when you’re out of the amphitheatre cos you paid a sum for it.

The musical will be running from 25th November 2011 - 2nd January 2012.

Time : 8.00pm (Sun-Fri), 7.15pm and 9.15pm (Sat 25th Dec 2011 and 1st Jan 2012)
Venue : The Amphitheatre at Sunway Lagoon

Ticket Pricing :
Adults - RM300, RM250, RM200, RM100
Children - RM150, RM120, RM100, RM50

For enquiries, contact Sunway Lagoon at 603-5639 0000. Related links are provided below.!/sunwaylagoon1

*Pics aren't that great or many cos I was using my BB's cam. Might steal some from Baby when he posts his up :p I want to put up pics of  Jaafar, Aladdin and Jasmine and realised I didn't have any -.-"


FiSh said...

i think the show is not bad :) and we manage to grab nice seats there too :P


choulyin.tan said...

yup :) the show is ok, but i think i masuk critical mode oredi >.< hehehe