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.