Ten Reasons to See Aladdin in San Francisco this Holiday Season
Broadway's hit musical "Aladdin" comes to San Francisco for a limited engagement this holiday season, Nov. 1, 2017 through Jan. 7, 2018, at SHN's Orpheum Theatre. Adapted from the Disney film of the same name, "Aladdin" is a one-of-a-kind spectacle for all ages that tells the story of a street urchin who finds love and adventure on his journey to becoming a prince. Here are 10 reasons (of many) why you should see it.
It's a Global Phenomenon
"Aladdin" opened on Broadway on March 20, 2014 and has broken 12 New Amsterdam Theatre house records. Welcoming millions of people worldwide, it has expanded to international productions in Tokyo, Hamburg, London and Melbourne. The North American tour opened in April 2017 in Chicago, and will play numerous other cities throughout North America, including San Francisco for this limited 10-week engagement.
The animated feature released in 1992 won an Oscar for Best Original Score and Best Original Song for "A Whole New World." That song reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. "Aladdin" not only features four other cherished songs from the film, but also a full score with new music written specifically for the stage. The music for "Aladdin" is written by 11-time Grammy Award winner Alan Menken, with lyrics by four-time Grammy Award winner Howard Ashman, five-time Grammy Award winner Tim Rice, and four-time Tony Award nominee Chad Beguelin.
A Multi-Award-Winning Creative Team
It's not just Menken, Ashman and Rice powering the production. The show's creators have collectively won 53 major awards: 20 Grammy Awards, 20 Tony Awards, and 13 Academy Awards. The team also includes Tony Award-winning director and choreographer Casey Nicholaw, along with seven-time Tony Award-winning scenic designer Bob Crowley and six-time Tony Award-winning lighting designer Natasha Katz. You know you have a blockbuster show with this team behind it!
"Aladdin's" costumes, designed by two-time Tony Award-winning costume designer Gregg Barnes, are all custom-made by hand specifically for the show. Barnes took six hours to draw and paint one costume sketch. The 337 costumes are made from 2,039 different fabrics and trims and are based on 134 individual designs, which marks a record for a Disney on Broadway show; 102 costume changes take place in under one minute, and 52 costume changes take place in under 30 seconds. The must-see costume elements include...
The Swarovski Crystals
You won't be able to miss the glow coming from the stage during "Friend Like Me." There are an amazing 8,644 Swarovski crystals on each man's gold finale costume in this number. Make sure to note Jasmine's wedding dress in the show as well; the sewn-on crystal beading makes it weigh 12 pounds!
Live Pyrotechnics (and more)
The show is a visual wonder beyond its costumes, with 84 special effects in every show, including live pyrotechnics. Thirty-eight tons of flying scenery is featured, along with 53 different automated scenic effects special to this touring production.
A Story for Everyone
"Aladdin" offers a bit of something for everyone, with award-winning music highlighting a story filled with daring adventure, classic comedy, light-hearted moments, and timeless romance. "Aladdin" is a classic action-adventure tale skillfully spun into a fun and thrilling song-and-dance musical comedy.
A Multicultural Inspiration
Set in the marketplace of the fictional city Agrabah, "Aladdin" is drawn from centuries-old folk tales such as One Thousand and One Nights and inspired by diverse settings such as the Middle East, India and Turkey. The costumes alone come from fabric sourced in Morocco, Japan, Guatemala, Uzbekistan, France and other countries, underlining the global spirit of the show.
A Broadway Experience in San Francisco
The creative team behind "Aladdin" took care to produce a show that maintains the integrity of the original Broadway production, while still being able to tour efficiently. The result is a near-duplicate experience in San Francisco and Broadway. Fun fact: did you know that it takes 75 people to deliver each performance on tour?
Welcome Home a Bay Area Original
As the title character, Aladdin, Adam Jacobs returns to the Bay Area for this production. A native of nearby Half Moon Bay, Jacobs originated the role on Broadway in 2014. Let's welcome him back!
"Aladdin" runs Nov. 1, 2017 through Jan. 7, 2018 at the Orpheum. For more information, and to purchase tickets, please visit the show online.