Disney's Aladdin Comes to Broadway

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Actor James Monroe Iglehart takes a bow during the opening night curtain call of 'Aladdin' at the New Amsterdam Theatre.

The people at Disney Theatrical Group, who produce the company’s live shows, have certainly had a genie in a bottle for the past 20 years, coming up with hit stage musicals based on the films "Beauty and the Beast," "The Lion King," "Mary Poppins," "The Little Mermaid" and others. But now they’re letting that genie out: "Aladdin," the 1992 film that featured Robin Williams as the voice of the genie, has joined the ranks of Disney’s screen-to-stage properties.

With songs by Alan Mencken, Howard Ashman, Tim Rice and Chad Beguelin, a new book by Beguilin and direction and choreography by Casey Nicholaw, Aladdin is playing at the New Amsterdam Theater stage, where New York Times theater critic Charles Isherwood saw it. Here’s his report.