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Disney’s “Aladdin the Musical”, now playing at Her Majesty’s Theatre, sparkles in every way. There’s the sparkle created by the many sequined and gem encrusted opulent costumes and extravagant sets. Then there are the performances by the cast. Add to these pyrotechnics, very colourful, brilliantly choreographed dance routines and even a flying carpet and you can understand why “Aladdin” is described as one of the most lavish shows ever to tour Australia. The musical is based on the Disney 1992 film of the same name and tells of povertystricken Aladdin (Ainsley Melham) who meets Princess Jasmine (Hiba Elchikhe) in the marketplace and falls in love. Of course, there are many barriers in the way of their love but with the help of Genie (Michael James Scott) and Aladdin’s friends Babkak (Troy Sussman), Omar (Robert Tripolino) and Kassim (Adam-jon Fiorentino) true love prevails. Ongoing, Her Majesty’s Theatre, 219 Exhibition Street, Melbourne. 132 849. ticketek.com.au
The Melbourne Theatre Company is staging two plays during November.
Opening on 2 November is Florian Zeller’s “The Father”. Directed by Damien Ryan and staring iconic Australian actor John Bell, this MTC and Sydney Theatre Company co-production is a powerful and poignant mystery that transports audiences into the puzzling labyrinth of an old man’s once familiar world.
There’s definitely something fishy going on. You can’t fool André, and while he may be 80-years-old and apt, on occasion, to forget things, they are only ever small things such as where he’s put his watch. It doesn’t explain why people are messing around with things in his flat and why his daughter keeps contradicting herself. And it doesn’t explain why she allows strangers to come in and threaten him. No, something’s going on and he’ll get to the bottom of it. Opening on 18 November is “Vivid White”, Eddie Perfect’s satirical musical comedy on the Australian property market. Liz and Ben have been mates with Cynthia and Evan for years, and would never let anything get in the way of their friendship. It’s different though when both couples set their sights on buying the same house. Forget friendship, forget respect, forget human decency—this is the Australian property market. And nothing, not even the imminent collapse of civilisation itself, can stop the zombielike single-mindedness of buying the perfect house! Stars of the production include Gillian Cosgriff, Virginia Gay, Brent Hill, Verity Hunt-ballard, Keegan Joyce, Ben Mingay and Christina O’neill. “The Father”, from 2 November, Arts Centre Melbourne, Fairfax Studio, 100 St Kilda Road, Melbourne. “Vivid White”, from 18 November, Southbank Theatre, The Sumner, 140 Southbank Boulevard, Southbank. 8688 0800. mtc.com.au
Ainsley Melham stars as Aladdin. Photo: Michele Aboud.