Jack’s First Musical: Aladdin at the Hippodrome

I’ve loved watching musicals as long as I can remember. I was in a few musicals in middle school and high school, and even minored in Theater in college. So, whenever I get the chance to see a really, really good show on Broadway or a touring production in DC or Baltimore I jump on it!

I had wanted to see Aladdin when I was in NYC in 2015, but tickets were crazy expensive for the crappiest seats. So when I heard on the radio that a touring production of Aladdin was coming to the Hippodrome in Baltimore, I clicked right over to check out available tickets. I also thought it might be the perfect first show for Jack. He really enjoyed the on-stage productions when we saw them on cruise ships, so I hoped that 7 ½ was the magical age to take him to “the theatre” (you have to say that in a super snobby way, FYI).

Anywhoo. I snapped up a couple fantastically close tickets for the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. We didn’t have any Thanksgiving plans this year (our dinner was on Friday instead), so I figured that way we can both sleep in afterwards.

Here we are right before the show started:

And…he LOVED it! I had to remind him a few times not to talk during the show – which was especially hilarious when a funny scene ended and Jack loudly said “THAT GUY IS REALLY FUNNY” to the amusement of everyone around us. It was Aladdin though, so there were lots of other kids in the theater who were much louder than Jack.

The show itself was phenomenal. I have super high standards for musical numbers and OHMYGOSH the performer’s voices were insanely good. Their harmonies gave me chills and Aladdin, his three best friends, and the Genie were FANTASTIC!

Even better, when I asked Jack if he’d be interested in seeing another show one day he said “YES! OF COURSE! That was SO AWESOME!” So yeah, proud theater mommy over here.

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