Brisbane audiences will experience their own magic carpet ride next year when Disney’s Aladdin comes to town. Promoters say the stage show will feature original music and special effects.

Elise Donaldson reports.


It’s QPAC’s latest Broadway blockbuster.

Disney’s Aladdin will hit the stage in February.

The show’s based on the 1992 Disney animated film.

It tells the story of Aladdin, a poor thief who enlists the help of a genie to secure his marriage to Princess Jasmine and fight off an evil sorcerer.

Ainsley Melham and Hiba Elchikhe play the title characters of Aladdin and Jasmine, while the magical Genie is played by American Michael James Scott.

The show will include all of the original songs and characters but with some new additions.

Hiba Elchikhe, Plays Jasmine: “Everyone goes away still feeling nostalgic and loving the film but being pleasantly surprised at the new songs and the new characters in the show as well.”

Audiences will also be excited to see the magic carpet ride re-imagined for the stage.

Thomas Schumacher, Disney: “It’s a glorious image that takes an enormous amount of stage craft to create.”

Brisbane will also follow in the footsteps of Sydney and Melbourne and present an autism-friendly performance, where lights will be dimmed and sound effects downplayed.

John Codzas, Chief Executive of QPAC: “We’ll be working with Disney to give us greater access to as many members of the community as possible.”

Aladdin is set for an extended season in Brisbane, with a total of 90 performances over three months, giving everyone the chance to catch the magic.

Tickets go on sale on Thursday.

Elise Donaldson, QUT News.