‘Aladdin’ Theater Review: Disney's Animation Team Got It Right the First Time

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‘Aladdin’ Theater Review: Disney's Animation Team Got It Right the First Time
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.
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