Aladdin, Birmingham Hippodrome
FOR an evening of pure magic, there’s little that can beat this new production of David Bintley’s ballet, which had it’s UK premiere in Birmingham on Friday night.
There’s something for everyone here, from sublime dance and glorious ensemble spectacles to comedy capers and yes, magic. The music, by Carl Davies, isn’t bad either.
The leads of Cesar Morales as Aladdin and Nao Sakuma as Princess Badr al-Budur were glorious together, the former in particular showing wonderful acting skills as the playful lad who gets lucky.
Their scene at the Royal baths - with a stunning set complete with running water - was simply beautiful.
Beauty was complemented by beast in the shape of Ian Mackay’s evil Mahgrib while the rippling muscles of precious stone Tyrone Singleton - the sole topic of conversation at the interval - left women in the audience swooning and the men green with envy.
There was plenty here to keep the traditionalists happy and some more modern steps too, while the action moved along at a brisk pace.
Standouts were Tzu-Chao Chou’s genie and a fantastic dragon dance by Aladdin’s mates, played by James Barton and Mathias Dingman. But is was messrs Morales and Sakuma who stole the show.