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The Magic of Aladdin (1989)

G | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | TV Movie
A classic British pantomime version of the tale of Aladdin and the Lamp. The evil vizier Abanazar tries to manipulate Aladdin and his mother, Widow Twankey, into helping him acquire the ... See full summary »
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Karen Kain ... Scheherezade / Genie of the Ring
Ross Petty ... Abanazar
Jeff Hyslop ... Aladdin
Bruno Gerussi ... Widow Twankey
Ruth Nichol ... The Princess
David Roxander ... Caliph / Genie of the Lamp
Todd Postlethwaite ... Emperor of China (as Todd Waite)
... Ping
Jim White ... Pong
Kelly Bodanis ... Citizen of Pekin / Ensemble
Patric A. Creelman ... Citizen of Pekin / Ensemble
Christine Donato ... Citizen of Pekin / Ensemble
Ann Gingras ... Citizen of Pekin / Ensemble
... Citizen of Pekin / Ensemble
Glen Kerr ... Citizen of Pekin / Ensemble
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A classic British pantomime version of the tale of Aladdin and the Lamp. The evil vizier Abanazar tries to manipulate Aladdin and his mother, Widow Twankey, into helping him acquire the magic lamp. But with the help of the Genie of the Ring, Aladdin wins through and captures the heart and hand of the Princess. Music, singing, dancing, and merriment throughout. Written by Michael Whitehead <whitehead_michael@hotmail.com>

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[Abanazar rubs his ring to summon its Genie]
Scheherezade: Your wish is my command, O Master.
Abanazar: Tell me, Sheherezade... what is it like being my slave?
Scheherezade: Master, 'tis cold within the ring.
Abanazar: Well then, I ought to keep my hands in my pockets more often!
Scheherezade: 'Tis but a *little* thing...
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a classic, for me at least
21 January 2006 | by See all my reviews

Regretfully, I never got to see this play live, but I still loved it on television. My mother taped "The Magic of Aladdin" when I was eight years old and my whole family watched it repeatedly until we wore the tape out in the late '90s. Though I grew up attending amateur productions and have seen several of Ross Petty's recent productions on television, this remains my favourite pantomime of all those I have encountered. I can still quote many of its jokes verbatim.

The marvellous thing about this show is that it can be appreciated on many different levels depending on one's age. As a kid, I liked the singing, dancing, physical humour and broad jokes. But as I watched it over the years, I kept discovering acting subtleties, references and innuendos that had previously gone over my head. The topical humour and eighties fashions aged, to be sure, but everything else stayed fresh.


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