Music tends to inspire any listener by various means, and after recently watching the live Broadway adaptation of “Aladdin” and having seen the Disney cartoon too many years ago to mention, now was the chance to recapture the lively renditions of the show’s tunes. The Aladdin Original Broadway Cast Recording contains an exceptional collection of each of the songs performed in the live performance and a few extras of rehearsal material, “Proud of Your Boy” and the “Genie Medley.” Indeed, all of the singers and performers and musicians can be commended.
Every song on the record was a delight to listen to, and undoubtedly possesses a blend of the Broadway and Disney magic in terms of musical compositions. Too many words can describe that distinction, but there is plenty of showmanship and animation within the essential mix of Cabaret and Tin Pan Alley sounding songs that highlight the trademark Disney sound. All of the 21 songs are worth mentioning, but for this listener, several stood out as memorable, opener “Overture,” “Arabian Nights,” the songs sung by James Monroe Iglehart as the Genie were highly animated and vivid “Friend Like Me,” “Somebody’s Got Your Back,” “Act One Finale” with Jonathan Freeman, “Prince Ali (Reprise)” with Clifton Davis, the touching “Proud of Your Boy” sung by Adam Jacobs as well as the popular tunes where Jacobs joins Courtney Reed “A Whole New World” and “A Million Miles Away.”
After listening to all of the songs, one or more of the several favorites on the record may be replayed over and over again with a bit of dancing and singing along with that favorite.