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Aladdin review at the Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton – ‘spectacular’

Joe McElderry in Aladdin at the Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton. Photo: John Hipkiss Joe McElderry in Aladdin at the Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton. Photo: John Hipkiss
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A largely routine first half ends with a truly spectacular flying carpet scene in which a singing Aladdin (Joe McElderry) glides majestically over the audience, frequently tilting at impossible angles and prompting genuine gasps of amazement from excited onlookers.

It’s almost a proverbial “game of two halves”, because what follows after the break is in a different league to much of what goes before, including markedly more glamorous sets and more imaginative routines – kicking off with a lavish money-themed song and dance medley led brilliantly by Ian Adams’ wonderful Widow Twankey. And when he later joins forces with Slave of the Ring (Lisa Riley), Wishee Washee (Adam C Booth) and PC Ping Pong (Ben Faulks) for a hilarious, perfectly choreographed Peking take on If I Were Not Upon the Stage, the team bring the house down.

The fine voices of Adams and Stefan Pejic (Abanazar) are a real treat, while Booth works the audience well with his cheeky charm. But the surprise star of the show is the Black Country’s own living legend, the fictitious welfare-sponging Doreen Tipton (the Lazy Empress). With her regional yam yam accent and Lazy Cow persona, Tipton (un-credited as the real Gill Jordan) has some of the funniest lines in the show.

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Verdict
Lovely mix of comedy, great music and frequent surprises
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