Growing up, Aladdin was my favorite Disney movie. Jeremy and I loved it and would watch it, and the television series, all the time. He loved the Genie. I wanted to be princess Jasmine for the longest time. In fact, when our elementary school did a Disney themed spring concert, Nana made me a purple Jasmine dress to wear!
I remember getting together with my cousins on my Mom's side and we would do skits and plays for our family. Aladdin was favorite and I remember three different times we "performed" it for them. I was always Jasmine. Jeremy was always Genie. Come to think of it, Aladdin is probably the reason tigers were my favorite animal growing up.
I think it's safe to say that Aladdin had a big impact on my childhood. Maybe that's why I'm having a hard time saying goodbye to the musical theater show. I've only seen it live three times, but I really enjoyed it. The costumes, set design and music was all amazing, but it was the cast that made it memorable. Genie's jokes, their passion. It made the show what it was. It was special. If you were not able to see it in person, here's the final performance as today's Fun Find Friday.
I'm very sad that it's over, but I'm thankful I was able to see the last half of the second to last performance via Periscope on Sunday. Since then, Eliot found this video of the final performance and he sent it to me. Those of you who haven't seen it wouldn't know, but they changed a few of the lines. One that really stuck out to me was Genie on the stairway yelling "one last time!" (He usually throws out a joke at that point.)
However, it's the ending that really got me. Genie changed his lines a little to say, "I'm free! Thank you Al. Thank you everybody. Come on Carpet, let's go home."
Thank you to the entire cast and crew of Disney's Aladdin: A Musical Spectacular for making it a magical experience. I'm so thankful I was able to see the show a few times in person. It was truly memorable. I hope that Frozen can live up to the hype. Queen Elsa certainly has some big shoes to fill! In the meantime, I guess this gives Eliot and I an excuse to go to New York City to see Aladdin on Broadway! °o°