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Aladdin

Liverpool Empire
December 10 – January 4

Author: Eric Potts
Director: Ian Talbot
Producer: First Family Entertainment
Cast Includes: Pamela Anderson, Les Dennis, Mark Moraghan, Djalnga Scott, Dani Rayner,
 Marc Mulcahey, Sean Kearns, Conleth Kane, Peter Price.

Running Time: 3 hrs

 

Promotional poster for Aladdin

 

Some wonderful effects, song and dance routines that are truly outstanding and an enthusiasm that does credit to all concerned ensures a first rate family night out. With an on-stage time of a little short of fourteen minutes, Pamela Anderson is an expensive bauble to add to The Empire’s Christmas tree, so it is good to report that this First Family production of Aladdin is one treasure chest filled with fun that sparkles throughout.

Sets and costumes designed by Terry Parsons glitter at every twirl, and it is Ian Talbot’s direction that makes sure that the real substance of what lies beneath comes over in some slick performances.

 

Marc Mulcahey and Dani Rayner as Aladdin and Princess Jasmine are far from overshadowed by their more experienced colleagues and provide the real glamour and some top-notch vocals, but it is stalwarts Les Dennis as Wishee Washee and Mark Moraghan as an Abanazar nasty enough to receive the requisite boos in abundance, who are the real engine that drive the show.

For her part, Ms Anderson genuinely gets into the Christmas spirit and is clearly not adverse to a little self-deprecation as the “most powerful and downloaded Genie of all time”.  It’s also good to hear the warmth she receives, so it’s even more of a shame that we don’t get to see her a bit more in the spotlight.

Then there’s Sean Kearns as another larger than life woman, Widow Twankey, in an array of costumes ranging from washing baskets to boxes of noodles, and Conleth Kane as fall guy Major Pong, providing the silliness that every panto needs.

There are some glitches. Occasionally the live orchestra threaten to drown out the actors and there are one or two issues with microphones stalling, but this never really stops the jollity and as a premier city Pantomime, this show is going to be very hard to beat. 

Chris High

Chris High and Pamela Anderson Helen Ryan and Pamela Anderson

Actor, Writer, Director, Comedian and Producer Neil Fitzmaurice arrives at Aladdin in Liverpool

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