Disney's Aladdin | Chicago Shakespeare Theater | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through Aug. 30 2009
Price: $18-$23
Based on the 1992 animated cartoon, this fresh, entertaining show sidesteps two pitfalls of Disney stage adaptations: it's not too long, and it doesn't depend on familiarity with the original material. Much of Aladdin's success is due to the fine songs by Alan Menken, Howard Ashman, and Tim Rice, and to Devanand Janki's well-directed, high-spirited cast. As usual, the villain (Larry Yando, reprising in the villainous Jafar his star turn as Scar in the national tour of The Lion King) steals the show. My eight-year-old daughter has managed to see this production twice, first with her summer camp, and then with me; on the way out of the performance we saw together, she asked to see it again. --Jack Helbig



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