Back in the twentieth century, Walt Disney Pictures
got it just right with its animated feature “Aladdin
.” Its producers used only a few songs from Alan Menken
and Howard Ashman
(with help from lyricist Tim Rice
), they kept the nearly nonexistent story down to a friendly 90 minutes, and hired Robin Williams
to do the voice of the Genie, his surreal riffs nicely visualized by the animators. Twenty-two years later, Disney Theatricals brings “Aladdin
” to Broadway, where it opened Thursday at the New Amsterdam Theater, and it pads the story with Menken/Ashman tunes that got cut from the movie, adds.