The Peace Center has hosted numerous Broadway shows. Each one bringing unique talent and beautiful sets to the stage. This week one of the very best has come to town. Everyone knows Disney never disappoints, and Aladdin is no exception.
The stage sets were magnificent. Sound effects, coupled with special lighting, were phenomenal! A flawless performance by the touring orchestra, led by Brent-Alan Huffman, added to the excitement of the audience.
Cast members had the uncanny ability to incite reactions from show-goers. Genie, played by Korie Lee Blossey, was a fan favorite! His quick wit and boisterous presence made him the life of the show.
The dialogue and music were remarkable. But there are no words to describe the breathtaking costumes, designed by Tony Award-Winning designer, Greg Barnes. One costume sketch took him six hours to paint! The colorful works of art were custom-made by hand. During the show, one hundred and two dressing changes were made in under a minute and fifty-two required actors to switch costumes in under thirty seconds. I would have had a hard time getting them on in any amount of time. No, wait… I wouldn’t be able to get in them at all. Jasmine’s wedding gown weighed twelve pounds because of the crystal beading!
Each scene was more enchanting than the one before. The Magic Carpet ride – are you even kidding me?! I won’t go into too much detail for those who haven’t been. I sat on the edge of my seat, much like the seven year old girl in front of me, believing magic carpets were real. That scene is worth the price of the ticket.
It’s always fun to sit in the lobby of the Peace Center before the show and enjoy the beautiful surroundings. Perfect for people watchers. Part of the fascination of Aladdin was sitting in the lobby watching all the tiny princesses waltz by in their gowns, twinkly tiaras and sparkly shoes.
Thank you, Peace Center, for facilitating another magical night in downtown Greenville!