ROMA Musical Theatre is – in the opinion of theatre experts from London and New York – one of the best musical theatres in this part of Europe. Walt Disney is a synonym of the best family entertainment in the world. Both parties have decided to join forces in a new theatre project that The Walt Disney Company is just starting to introduce in cooperation with the best musical stages of the world.
The project is formed as a series titled „Disney – Youth Theatre” and aims to introduce the company’s famous titles on musical stages. The Polish side decided to begin this collaboration with the staging of Aladdin Jr.
Aladdin Jr. is – in Disney’s version – the screening of the popular fairy tale enriched with music so excellent that both the film’s soundtrack and title song (A Whole New World) each received an Oscar in 1992 (Best Music and Best Original Song). The authors of this spectacular success are Alan Menken, Howard Ashman and Tim Rice.
After the success of our own family show The Academy of Mr. Klex (2007) and in response to popular demand, the management of ROMA Musical Theatre have decided to stage this popular family title. It will be a non-replica production directed by Wojciech Kępczyński.
The Polish creative team enjoys full artistic freedom within the boundaries of the tale itself. This classic Disney title on the main stage of ROMA Theatre will be an exciting proposition for the audience with high theatrical expectations – those brought up on a rich Polish theatrical tradition and accustomed to ROMA’s past spectacular productions.
The decision to start the collaboration with Disney with Aladdin Jr. had many reasons. Firstly, it is one of the most recognizable fairy tales in the world. Secondly – the qualities of the music and script place it among the most attractive repertoire proposals for a musical theatre stage.
However, Aladdin Jr. is also much more than just perfect entertainment. It is a story about a boy from the streets who owes his life’s accomplishments to himself rather than illusions. It contains a beautiful and wise message about the value of personality in a world of materialism that exists among those of a higher esteem, social position and wealth. The parable with our world seems natural. Aladdin Jr. – in a wider context – is also a story about friendship and trust, and finally about true love, a love that does not take into account social status and fortune.
ROMA Musical Theatre is preparing a show that – in the best tradition of family theatre – will entertain while teaching and teach while entertaining, as well as touch audiences of any age. We believe that Polish audiences will appreciate this joint venture between ROMA Musical Theatre and The Walt Disney Company.