Exclusive: Behind the scenes of ‘Aladdin’

By Natalia Martinez, WAVE 3 News

They came from a land from a faraway place…where the Broadway lights roam.

For two weeks, the Kentucky Center became the home for the Broadway Musical, Aladdin.

Only WAVE 3 News was allowed backstage to show some of the magic.

There are hundreds of costumes used in the show, all with incredible detail.

An embellished jacket, worn by one of the princes in ‘Aladdin.’

 

It’s Disney magic on stage, including a princess, a genie and a diamond in the rough.

The genie only grants one tv station one wish to go backstage, and well…that was us, backstage at Aladdin.

“So welcome to what we call the female backstage bunker,” Michelle Scott, the show’s Wardrobe Supervisor, told us as she peeled back a black curtain.

 

A wardrobe rack backstage from Disney’s ‘Aladdin.’

 

A costume of Princess Jasmin’s from ‘Aladdin’

 

Everything glittered and shined.

“This is the genie,” she told us. “This is his iconic piece.”

The Genie’s costume, an indigo blue, was covered in beads and gems.

“It’s got jewels dripping everywhere,” she pointed out.

There are more than 300 costumes in the show and 291 custom hats. The fabrics come from more than 250 different countries. All the costumes are handmade, including Jasmin’s wedding gown. The skirt alone weighs a whopping 12 pounds because of the amount of detail.

Some of the pants include 8 thousand Swarovski crystals.

Thousands of Swarovski crystals make these pants, which are part of the genie’s wardrobe, sparkle.

We gave Scott some tough questions, but she proved to be tough to crack.

“When that carpet took off and you literally can’t tell how it’s flying, it’s pretty magical,” she said.

“So can you tell us how it works?” we asked.

“Absolutely not,” she laughed. “I didn’t know how it worked for the longest time.”

And speaking of time, actor Michelle West told us just how quickly she has to change between some costumes.

“My quick change is seven seconds,” she told us. “It’s magic all the time. It doesn’t stop.”

 

A costume story board from ‘Aladdin.’

At each city, the production hires and trains 13 people just to help make those costume changes.

The Disney theatrical production opened in 2014, breaking the New Amsterdam Theatre’s house records.

Since then, more than 7 million people have seen it worldwide.

From the stage to the costumes and the actors, in the words of Iago, out of a scale of one through 10, this production is an 11.

The show in Louisville runs through this Sunday.

 

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