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click to enlarge Jonathan Weir in Aladdin

Jonathan Weir in Aladdin

When: Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through Sept. 10 2017
Price: $41-$173
Not that it matters, but this live touring version of the Broadway musical based on a 1992 Disney animation is shrill, bombastic, and almost hysterically chipper. Everything the cast and designers bring to the tale of Aladdin—a petty thief who becomes a mensch and then a sultan—is top-notch, from Jonathan Weir and Reggie de Leon's comic villains to Anthony Murphy's outsize Genie to the glinting, golden Cave of Wonders created by set designer Bob Crowley. But the tempo is so manic, the tone so ingratiating, the Alan Menken score so antiseptically good-natured that you end up feeling like you've been assaulted by the world's best party clown. Still, as I say, none of that matters: the decision on whether to see the show isn't yours to make. It's in the hands of your ten-year-old daughter, because you want her to remember you fondly when you're dead. —Tony Adler



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