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Rowley, Alec

Aladdin in the Underground (1935)

Duration: 100 minutes
A pantomime in four acts

Book and Lyrics by Rodney Bennett (E)

Scoring
7 singers,6speakers; chorus (mixed cast or boys only); strings.
Abbreviations (PDF).


Territory
This work is available from Boosey & Hawkes for the world.

Roles

CHILDREN'S VOICES:
WIDOW TWANKEY, who runs a laundrySung role
ALADDIN, her sonSung role
HOO-ZOO, her very small errand boySung role
ALMANAZOR, the villain of the piece, a magicianSung role
A HAWKER, his confederateSpoken role
THE EMPEROR OF CHINASpoken role
THE PRINCESS, his daughterSung role
AZRA, her maidSung role
CHANCELLOR OF THE EXCHEQUER to the EmperorSpoken role
TWO SPIRITS of the UndergroundSung roles
SLAVE OF THE RINGSpoken role
SLAVE OF THE LAMPSpoken role
SHEPHERD BOYSpoken role
Laundry Workers, Spirits of the Underground, Slaves, Dancers, The Emperor's retinue, Aladdin's retinue, etc.chorus


Time and Place
Peking, China, ancient times


Synopsis

At Widow Twankey's Laundry in Peking, her son Aladdin meets and falls in love with the daughter of the Emperor of China, who has sneaked off from her official duties. Her visit is succeeded by that of the magician Almanazor, who needs Aladdin to help him explore a local cave. Once there, Aladdin enters, protected by a magic ring. Despite it his uncle shuts him in, asking him to pass out to him a lamp he will find there. Aladdin refuses, now aided by the Spirit of the Ring, who brings the Princess to him before returning them to their usual locations. Aladdin has by now lost the ring but kept the lamp, which his mother rubs, with the result that the Slave of the Lamp appears and starts granting wishes, notably the appearance of large piles of precious stones. When Almanazor comes crying 'New lamps for old!' his offer is rejected. At the palace, the Emperor is only too pleased to welcome Aladdin as a son-in-law with such riches at his disposal.


Moods
Comic


Subjects
Magic/Mystery





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