Aladdin (1958 film)

Written by S.J. Perelman
Directed by Ralph Nelson
Starring Sal Mineo
Geoffrey Holder
Anna Maria Alberghetti
Basil Rathbone
Cyril Ritchard
Theme music composer Cole Porter
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Producer(s) Richard Lewine
Running time 90 min
Original network CBS
Original release February 21, 1958

Aladdin is a 1958 musical fantasy written especially for television with a book by S.J. Perelman and music and lyrics by Cole Porter, telecast in color on the DuPont Show of the Month by CBS. It was Porter's very last musical score. Columbia Records issued both monophonic and stereophonic LP's of the songs with members of the original TV cast, which included Cyril Ritchard, Dennis King, Basil Rathbone, Anna Maria Alberghetti, Geoffrey Holder (as the Genie), Sal Mineo (as Aladdin,) and Una Merkel (as Aladdin's mother). Sony Records has digitally remastered the stereo recording for release on CD.

As far as is known, the original telecast was never repeated (although videotape was in use by then), nor has it been issued on VHS or DVD. A kinescope of the 1958 broadcast survives and can be viewed at both the New York City and Beverly Hills, California, branches of The Paley Center For Media.

The musical was later presented on stage in London, premiering on December 17, 1959, at the Coliseum. Bob Monkhouse, Doretta Morrow, Ian Wallace & Ronald Shiner starred. The Musical Director was Bobby Howell. The London stage production added to the score several songs that Cole Porter had originally written for other musicals.

Musical numbers

The musical numbers in Aladdin included the following:[1]

  • "Trust Your Destiny to Your Star"
  • "Aladdin"
  • "Come to the Supermarket in Old Peking"
  • "I Adore You"
  • "Make Way for the Emperor"
  • "No Wonder Taxes Are High"
  • "Opportunity Knocks but Once"
  • "Wouldn't it Be Fun?"
  • "Genie's Theme"

The London stage production also included:

"There Must Be Someone For Me" (from Mexican Hayride) "Cherry Pies Ought to Be You" (from Out of This World) "I Am Loved" (from Out of This World) "Ridin' High" (from Red, Hot and Blue!)

In 1963, Barbra Streisand recorded one of the songs, "Come to the Supermarket (In Old Peking)," for "The Barbra Streisand Album."[2]

2012 Lost Musicals London revival

In 2012, as part of his Lost Musicals project, Ian Marshall-Fisher directed a stage revival at Sadler's Wells, London.[3] The cast included John Savident as The Magician, Richard Dempsey as Aladdin, Vivienne Martin as Aladdin's mother, Candy Ma as the Princess and Rhiannon Drake as Jade Bud.[4] The production garnered much media attention, due to the well-known cast.


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