On this day in 2003, Aladdin: A Musical Spectacular opened at the Hyperion Theater (a 2,011-seat venue) in Disney's California Adventure. (The show's official premiere had taken place the evening before.)
The live stage adaptation (which began in previews in December 2002) features music from the animated feature Aladdin plus a new song written by veteran Alan Menken. Although the 40-minute show plays 3 to 4 times a day like many theme park productions, Aladdin: A Musical Spectacular emphasizes on traditional staging (much like a Broadway play). Directed by Francesca Zambello (who has staged musicals and operas around the world including Disney's The Little Mermaid), the dances in the show are choreographed by Broadway veteran Lynne-Taylor Corbett.
Still running today, the show continues to be a favorite stop for theme park visitors.
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