When I was a kid my favorite video game was Aladdin. I used to play it on the Sega Genesis that I shared with my brother, and I always got to the magic carpet level where you have to escape the Cave of Wonders, but I never made it out alive. This weekend I will experience a new version of Aladdin, at which my chances of escaping alive will be much, much better.
The Houston Ballet will debut Aladdin this Saturday and Sunday at the Auditorium Theatre. The show was first created for the New National ballet of Japan in Tokyo in 2008, and is presented this weekend by the Birmingham Royal Ballet and the Houston Ballet Foundation. The show’s reputation precedes it, and it sounds like a full-blown theatrical splendor.
I’ve never seen the Houston Ballet, but sources say the show is set to be a magical adventure that transforms the Auditorium Theatre stage into the colorful and enchanting scenes of the classic family film. This would be the perfect show to introduce children or young dancers to the world of dance and story ballets. Aside from the dancing, I’m most looking forward to the costumes… and to see who plays Abu.
If you go: March 28 and 29 at the Auditorium Theatre. Purchase tickets at www.ticketmaster.com/auditorium.
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