Anatomy of a Showtune: Exploring the Magic of ‘Friend Like Me’ from Disney’s ALADDIN – Broadway World

When Disney’s Aladdin hit theaters in summer of 1992, the tale transported audiences to a whole new world of wonder, romance, and adventure through the fictional streets of Agrabah. Following the titular street rat, Aladdin, from bread thief to Prince Ali, audiences were instantly captivated by the story, the characters, and most notably, the songs.

With a score by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman much of the music from this childhood classic has become part of the classic canon. And though the a hit ballad, “A Whole New World” typically takes top honors in the hearts of Disney fans, there is one other song in the score that still has toes tapping over twenty years down the line. A song that can transform an orphan into a “the boss, the king, the shah”. A song that has “punch, pizzaz, yahoo and how”. All you’ve gotta do is rub that lamp.

Ali Baba had them forty thieves, Scheherazade…

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