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'Aladdin' Broadway Review: A Smooth Ride for the Family Crowd

'Aladdin' Broadway Review: A Smooth Ride for the Family Crowd
BY MICHAEL SOMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

The magic carpet flies smoothly and so does the rest of “Aladdin,” a buoyant musical comedy fashioned from the 1992 Disney animated feature. Crafted as old-school Broadway show, “Aladdin” conjures up plenty of entertainment for the family crowd at the glorious New Amsterdam Theater, where this congenial new attraction bowed on Thursday.

A bright, festive affair decked out with beautiful costumes and many airy settings, “Aladdin” wisely never takes itself seriously. Chad Beguelin’s story fools around with the Arabian Nights times of a goodhearted street rogue who makes friends with a wish-granting genie and romances a princess. Alan Menken, the ever-melodic composer, supplements his pretty film score with several upbeat numbers with nifty lyrics from Beguelin. An energetic and appealing company delivers it all with confidence.

 

'Tales From Red Vienna' Off Broadway Review: More Dead Than Red

'Tales From Red Vienna' Off Broadway Review: More Dead Than Red
BY MICHAEL SOMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Making her first stage appearance since nabbing a Tony Award for “Venus in Fur,” Nina Arianda wastes her calorific charms on the so-what “Tales From Red Vienna,”...

'Appropriate' Off Broadway Review: Fighting Over a Troubling Heritage

'Appropriate' Off Broadway Review: Fighting Over a Troubling Heritage
BY MICHAEL SOMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Three middle-aged siblings, more or less estranged, gather at their derelict ancestral home in south Arkansas with their various mates and kids to clean up the m...

Bittersweet Anniversary Celebration in Paris in "Le Week-End"

Bittersweet Anniversary Celebration in Paris in
BY MIRIAM RINN
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
MOVIE REVIEW

“What a great thing that you are so attuned to your own unhappiness,” says a suave French intellectual to Meg, a British woman spending a weekend in Pari...

'Rocky' Broadway Review: Yo -- It's a Crowd-Pleasing Knockout

'Rocky' Broadway Review: Yo -- It's a Crowd-Pleasing Knockout
BY MICHAEL SOMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Not a great musical but a highly enjoyable show anyway, “Rocky” is likely to become a major crowd-pleaser on Broadway no matter how much my snootier colleagues r...

'Antony and Cleopatra' Off Broadway Review: A Doomed Romance in Haiti

'Antony and Cleopatra' Off Broadway Review: A Doomed Romance in Haiti
BY MICHAEL SOMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Shakespeare’s “Antony and Cleopatra” gets a radical makeover at the Public Theater from director Tarell Alvin McCraney, the gifted author of “The Brother/Sister ...

'Hand to God' Off Broadway Review: A Diabolically Droll Comedy

'Hand to God' Off Broadway Review: A Diabolically Droll Comedy
BY MICHAEL SOMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

A wickedly funny comedy, “Hand to God” concerns a nice teenaged boy whose sock puppet becomes possessed by a raging, foul-mouthed devil. Or is it a nasty alter e...

Teresa Giudice of the Real House Arrest Wives of New Jersey

Teresa Giudice of the Real House Arrest Wives of New Jersey
BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

A guilty plea on multiple fraud charges against Real Housewives of New Jersey star Teresa Giudice could possibly land her in jail for up to two years.

How would that aff...

'All the Way' Broadway Review: Bryan Cranston Paints a Masterful LBJ

'All the Way' Broadway Review: Bryan Cranston Paints a Masterful LBJ
BY MICHAEL SOMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Quite a history lesson, “All the Way” chronicles Lyndon Baines Johnson during the tumultuous first year of his “accidental” presidency of the United States as he...

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