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Moonlit Theatre’s Twisted looks at Aladdin from another point of view

By Samara Caplan and Laura Gauthier on December 14, 2021



Laura and Samara spend their days as non-profit unicorns and fill every spare minute exploring the world of musical theatre as BFFs (that’s Broadway Friends Forever). Follow @bffs613 on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

A lot of you may have heard of a little Broadway show called Wicked, the story about what happened before Dorothy dropped in on Oz. Ottawa’s Moonlit Theatre is bringing you another alternative history of a famous story — but this time it’s Aladdin!

Twisted: The Untold Story of a Royal Vizier is a parody musical from the point of view of Ja’far, whom you might remember as the bad guy from the Disney version. It takes the classic story and spins it on its head, giving audiences an alternate reading on what could have actually happened.

Have you ever done your best in a situation but people still blame you for things going wrong? That’s that angle Twisted takes with Ja’far. Maybe he’s actually a hard-working and good-intentioned guy? And maybe that pesky Aladdin kid isn’t stealing just to get by — maybe he’s a downright all-around thief?


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The original show was the idea of Starkid Productions (who you may also know for bringing us A Very Potter Musical) who ended up doing a Kickstarter for the show, surpassing their original goal of raising $35,000 by hitting $142,564. It went on to play a limited run in Chicago and then at the infamous 54 Below in New York City, and was eventually released on YouTube.

The show is full of salty language and is not afraid to give nods to, and outright make fun of, other popular stories and musicals you might know. Half the fun is catching all of the Easter eggs, but you don’t need to be a theatre buff to enjoy it.

This is Moonlit Theatre’s first production and has been a long time coming. This show has been trying to get going for two years, but you know, pandemic. It’s quite a passion project, as many of the cast and crew are pulling double duty with acting, sets, costumes, and more. In our experience, these are sometimes the best shows, since the grassroots element means they work hard to make it the best. Twisted only has a short three-show run, so be sure to get your tickets, get your friends, and go have a great laugh.

Twisted plays for three performances on December 17 and 18 at the Algonquin College Theatre. Tickets range from $30 – $67.