Aladdin Turns 30
Discover a whole new world of Disney magic with three spring concerts at The Soraya.
AbovePhoto courtesy of Disney
It’s hard to believe that it’s been three decades since Aladdin, Disney’s beloved animated musical fantasy comedy film, first swept us away on a magical carpet ride. Originally released on November 25, 1992, the Academy Award-winning movie enjoyed significant critical and commercial success. It is being celebrated this spring at The Soraya, located on the vibrant and diverse campus of California State University, Northridge.
Photo courtesy of Disney
Three concerts—each with ties to the Disney classic—will give die-hard fans as well as those new to the movie an opportunity to enjoy the enchanting soundtrack by Alan Menken, Howard Ashman and Tim Rice. Aladdin won Oscars for Best Film Score and Best Original Song, and a Grammy Award for Song of the Year in 1992.
On Saturday, March 25 at 3 p.m., The Soraya presents Disney in Concert: Aladdin 30th Anniversary—a screening of the film with its award-winning music performed live by New West Symphony. The engaging plot, amazing visual effects and charming characters will captivate audiences old and young. Tickets are $35 to $75.
A Whole New World of Alan Menken will delight guests with an evening of stories and songs by the Oscar-winning composer on Sunday, April 2 at 7 p.m. The legendary songwriter will take his place at The Soraya’s Steinway piano for an intimate presentation of little-known anecdotes about the making of his legendary Disney songs and Broadway musicals. Menken will perform his celebrated classics including “A Whole New World” from Aladdin and “Be Our Guest” from Beauty and the Beast. The winner of eight Academy Awards, Menken has created some of the most beloved songs and musical scores of our time—capturing the imagination of audiences for more than 35 years. Tickets range from $49 to $109.
Above L to R: Photographed by Raymund Isaac. Photo courtesy of Alan Menken.
The celebration wraps up with two concerts by powerhouse performer Lea Salonga, best known for her roles as the voice of two Disney animated princesses: Mulan from Mulan and Jasmine from Aladdin. She will perform Broadway hits, Disney classics, pop favorites and more on Saturday, April 22 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, April 23 at 3 p.m. Salonga’s concerts are always a sellout, so be sure to secure your tickets—from $49 to $109—before they are gone.
The Aladdin celebration is just one of many ways that The Soraya continues to offer a wide variety of performances that reflect Los Angeles’ distinctive communities, featuring work and artists from around the world.