Weaving magic from reality: Some songs in Disney musical Aladdin written in dark times

Some songs in the Disney musical Aladdin were written in dark times, others were mired in controversy, says prolific composer Alan Menken

Aladdin, which flies into Singapore as a stage musical later this month, promises to be a shining, shimmering spectacle.

While the hit Broadway show - based on the 1992 animated Disney musical of the same name - may be full of upbeat, tongue-in-cheek songs, several of these belie the grim reality in which they were originally written.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 02, 2019, with the headline 'Weaving magic from reality'. Print Edition | Subscribe