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ALADDIN: A MUSICAL SPECTACULAR
Transcribed by Kirsten Wahlquist
Please note this is only a transcript, not the original script!  As such, any errors are my 
own fault.  Also, since the show's jokes rely heavily on improv, I picked some of my 
favorite jokes for each of those lines.
Italics indicate singing.

(Lightning flashes and the NARRATOR enters stage right, along with a man with a 
camel puppet)
NARRATOR
Oh, I come from a land
From a far away place
Where the caravan camels roam
Where it's flat and immense
And the heat is intense
It's barbaric, but hey, it's home
When the wind's from the east 
And the sun's from the west
And the sand in the glass is right
Come on down, stop on by
Hop a carpet and fly
To another Arabian Night!
(sparkles fly out of her hand, the CAMEL exits stage left)
Ahhhh, salaam and good evening, weary travelers.  Headed towards Agrabah, are we?  
Well, let me help you pass the time with a tale.  The desert night hides a thousand stories!  
(the stage behind her is revealed, showing JAFAR, IAGO, and  PEASANT at the 
entrance to the CAVE of WONDERS)  Ah, the Cave of Wonders.  The setting of one of 
our most famous legends.  The tale of the magic lamp.
(the NARRATOR exits stage left)

CAVE
Who dares approach the Cave of Wonders?  Only the diamond in the rough may enter.  
All else will perish.

JAFAR
You are to fetch me that lamp.  Now go!

(the PEASANT enters the Cave, which collapses on him)

PEASANT
Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaagh!

IAGO
Oops.

JAFAR
That's the third peasant this cave has eaten this week!  How am I ever to become sultan 
without that lamp?

IAGO
Lamp, lamp, lamp.  How many peasants do we have to go through to find that stupid 
lamp?

JAFAR
Patience, Iago.  That peasant was obviously less than worthy.

IAGO
Now there's a big surprise!  I think I'm gonna have a heart attack from not surprise – 

JAFAR
(grabs IAGO'S neck)  Silence!

IAGO
Choking… bird… choking…

JAFAR
We have to find that diamond in the rough.  Now where could he possibly be?

(JAFAR and IAGO exit stage right, passing ALADDIN as he runs across from stage right 
to stage left, pursued by the GUARDS.  )

GUARD
Halt you worthless street rat! 

ALADDIN
That's MR. Worthless Street Rat to you!

MALE CITIZEN
That boy has been stealing my apples again!

MALE CITIZEN
He's a public menace!

ALADDIN
(appears in a window)  Uh, guys, let's not do anything drastic, okay?  I mean, you 
wouldn't attack a guy just for stealing one measly piece of fruit, now, would you? (the 
GUARDS draw their swords) … I'll take that as a yes.  (tosses an apple down to the 
guards)  Here, take it back!  I didn't want it anyway!

MALE CITIZEN
Hey!  He's getting away!

FEMALE CITIZEN
That boy is such a nuisance!
 
FEMALE CITIZEN
They should put him in the royal dungeon and throw away the key!

MALE CITIZEN
Somebody stop him!!

(the curtain rises to reveal the Agrabah marketplace.  ALADDIN runs onstage from stage 
left, ducking behind the buildings.  As he begins to sing, everyone else freezes)

ALADDIN
Gotta keep
One jump ahead of the bread line
One swing ahead of the sword
I steal only what I can't afford
And that's everything!
(everyone resumes motion, and ALADDIN jumps onto a cart)
One jump ahead of the lawmen
That's all, and that's no joke
These guys don't appreciate I'm broke
(ALADDIN jumps off the cart and steals bread from a FEMALE CITIZEN)

FEMALE CITIZEN
Riff raff!

GUARD
Street rat!

CITIZEN
Scoundrel!

(the HEAD GUARD stops ALADDIN, pushes him to the ground)

HEAD GUARD
Take that!

ALADDIN
Just a little snack, guys!

(ALADDIN dodges the GUARDS' swords, then ducks behind a group of girls)

CROWD
Rip him open take it back guys!

ALADDIN
I can take a hint, gotta face the facts
I could use a friend or two

GIRLS
True!
Oh it's sad, Aladdin's hit the bottom
He's become a one man rise in crime

(ALADDIN, behind a BELLY DANCER, compliments her movements to hide)

WOMAN
I'd blame parents except he hasn't got em

ALADDIN
(jumps from behind the BELLY DANCER, and the crowd spots him)
Gotta eat to live, gotta steal to eat
Tell you all about it when I got the time
(ALADDIN crawls through the crowd on hands and knees as they look for him)
One jump ahead of the slow pokes
One skip ahead of my doom
Next time, gonna use a nom de plume
(ALADDIN grabs a feather from a basket)
One jump ahead of the hitmen
One hit ahead of the flock

GUARD
(spots ALADDIN)
Hey!

ALADDIN
I think I'll take a stroll around the block
(ducks behind a building)

CITIZEN
Stop thief!

CITIZEN
Vandal!
 
CITIZEN
Outrage!

GIRLS
Scandal!

(ALADDIN, carried by GUARDS, is brought from behind the building)

ALADDIN
Let's not be too hasty

GIRLS
Still I think he's rather tasty

(the GUARDS push ALADDIN to the ground and the HEAD GUARD raises his sword)

ALADDIN
Gotta eat to live, gotta steal to eat
Otherwise we'd get along

(the GIRLS pass a basket along, and the last one places it over the HEAD GUARD's 
head, allowing ALADDIN to duck away)

CROWD
Wrong!

(as ALADDIN hides, the HEAD GUARD tries to get the basket off his head, finally 
succeeding)

CROWD
One jump ahead of the hoofbeats!

(ALADDIN runs across the stage, almost into the HEAD GUARD's sword)

HEAD GUARD
Vandal!

ALADDIN
Gotta face the facts!

CROWD
One hop ahead of the hump!

(ALADDIN ducks another direction and runs into another GUARD)

GUARD
Street rat!

ALADDIN
Gotta eat to live!

CROWD
One trick ahead of disaster!

(ALADDIN ducks the third GUARD'S sword)

GUARD
Scoundrel!

ALADDIN
Gotta steal to eat!

CROWD
They're quick

ALADDIN
But I'm much faster
Here goes
(exits stage right and returns moments later)
Better throw my hand in
Wish me happy landing
(flies across the stage with the CROWD in pursuit, and they exit stage left)
All I gotta do is jump!
(ALADDIN appears from behind a building in the center of the stage, then runs into 
JASMINE as he starts to jog away)
Oh, sorry about that… (JASMINE continues on her way)  on second thought, maybe I'm 
not!  Maybe it was an act of fate!  (he ducks behind the buildings to get in front of 
JASMINE, stealing an apple along the way)

JASMINE
(to a SELLER) Oh… no thank you…

ALADDIN
(holding out the apple to JASMINE)  Hungry?

JASMINE
(walking away) You stole that, no doubt.

ALADDIN
(chases after her, stops her, and offers the apple again) Well, the way the sultan taxes his 
people, we have no choice but to steal.

JASMINE
And do you always give away your stolen goods?

ALADDIN
Only to the less fortunate… or in your case, the more beautiful!  (JASMINE starts to 
walk away again)  You can't escape on an empty stomach!

JASMINE
(turning around) What makes you think I'm trying to escape from something?… 
(ALADDIN gestures at her disguise) Is it that obvious?

ALADDIN
Look, these streets can be dangerous.  You'll need a guide.  What's the matter?  Don't 
you trust me?

JASMINE
(takes the apple)  You're very kind.

ALADDIN
The name's Aladdin, but most people call me –

GUARD
Street rat!

ALADDIN
That too!  Come on!

(they try to run, but are grabbed by the GUARDS)

GUARD
There's no sense in running, boy, we've got you surrounded!

GUARD
(takes the apple from JASMINE) And it looks like he's got an accomplice!

ALADDIN
Hey!  Leave her out of this!  She didn't do anything!  It was my fault!  She's innocent – 

GUARD
Silence street rat!

JASMINE
Unhand me this instant!  (she is thrown roughly to the ground)  And stop calling him 
street rat, he's a person just like you or me!

GUARD
Well, listen to the little vagabond!  The way she's ordering us around, you'd think she 
were the princess of Agrabah herself!

(the CROWD laughs)

JASMINE
(pulls away the cloth covering her head to reveal a crown)  I am the princess of 
Agrabah!… (the CROWD and GUARDS fall to the ground and bow.  ALADDIN, 
stunned, falls a moment later)  And I demand that you set this poor peasant boy free 
immediately, or I shall report all of you to the sultan.

GUARD
A hundred apologies, your majesty, but we were only following the laws.

HEAD GUARD
And with all due respect, it is your father who makes the laws, not you… uh, your 
highness.

ALADDIN
It's all right, princess.  I appreciate the effort.

JASMINE
(to the HEAD GUARD)  You are to do nothing with him until I speak with my father.  
(to ALADDIN)  Don't worry, this will all be resolved before any harm comes to you… 
(she goes to leave, but the GUARDS are still in the way)  you're in my way.

HEAD GUARD
(jumps aside)  A thousand pardons… your majesty!

(JASMINE exits stage left)

CROWD
(laughs at the guards)

GUARD
Clear out of here!

(the GUARDS grab ALADDIN)

HEAD GUARD
You may think you have friends in high places, boy, but no matter what the princess says, 
we're free to handle criminals as we see fit… right here on the street!  (he draws his 
sword)

JAFAR
(entering from stage right, disguised as an old man)  Stop everything!  Stop everything!  
There you are, my boy.  Your mother and I have been so worried about you!  (he pulls 
ALADDIN away from the guards)

ALADDIN
And you would be…?

JAFAR
Play along, boy, unless you want to sleep with the prison mice tonight, or worse.  (to the 
GUARDS) I'm the boy's father.

ALADDIN
Right!  He's the boy's father!… wait… I'm the boy, he's the father…

JAFAR
He's always getting into trouble, this one.  But he's a good boy.  He has a true heart and a 
noble spirit.  You might almost call him a diamond in the rough.  Whatever it is he's 
stolen, I'm sure this will more than repay the debt.  (he tosses a bag of coins to a 
GUARD)  You'll notice a few extra gold coins there for all your hard work.

HEAD GUARD
(grabs the bag of coins)  Well, seeing as the debt has been repaid – and then some – 
you're free to go.  Just don't let us catch you ever again!

ALADDIN
Believe me, that's the plan.

(the GUARDS start to jump at him, but JAFAR holds up a hand, and the GUARDS exit 
stage left)

JAFAR
Well, that was almost too easy.

ALADDIN
Why'd you help me out like that?

JAFAR
Oh, just compassionate, I guess.  Of course, one good deed deserves another.

ALADDIN
I had a feeling there was a catch.

(JAFAR shoves ALADDIN, and the background reveals the Cave of Wonders)

CAVE
Who dares approach the Cave of Wonders?  Only the diamond in the rough may enter.  
All else will perish.

ALADDIN
(approaching the Cave)  I don't like those odds.  (turns to leave, is stopped by JAFAR)

JAFAR
Not to worry, Aladdin.  I've consulted an ancient oracle.  You are the diamond in the 
rough.  (ALADDIN moves toward the Cave again)

IAGO
Yeah!  Move it or lose it, Diamond Boy!

ALADDIN
I've changed my mind about this!  (he tries to run away, but is stopped by JAFAR)

JAFAR
Go!  Or I shall return you to the palace guards!

ALADDIN
But – 

JAFAR
Go now!  There is no time to waste.  And whatever you do, only touch the lamp.

ALADDIN
Well, here goes nothing.

(he ducks into the Cave and diappears)

IAGO
He's inside, your foulness!

(the backdrop changes to the dark Cave)

JAFAR
It's only a matter of minutes now before all of Agrabah will be calling me Sultan Jafar… 
remember, only touch the lamp!

(ALADDIN appears high up, walking slowly into the Cave)

ALADDIN
Only touch the lamp, got it!  Only touch the lamp.  Only touch the lamp.  Hello?  Is 
anybody down there?  Oh, it sure is dark in here.  How did I get myself into this mess?  
I'm not so sure this is any better than the royal dungeon.  All right Aladdin, don't panic.  
Just get down there, grab the lamp, give it to the old geezer, and call it a night.  One jump 
ahead of the lawmen, one swing ahead of the sword… better throw my hand in, wish me 
happy landin'!  (he exits stage right, and reappears moments later)  What was that??  One 
trick ahead of disaster, on skip ahead of my doom… Hello??… (the backdrop rises to 
reveal a treasure room)  Whoa… only touch the lamp… only touch the lamp… only 
touch – (spotting the lamp)  the lamp!  (he climbs up to grab the lamp, and knocks over a 
piece of treaure.  CARPET jumps up)  I can assure you Mr. Cave of Wonders person, that 
was just an accident!  (the treasure falls away, and ALADDIN quickly grabs the lamp and 
ducks a cave-in, setting the lamp on the ground downstage.  CARPET also escapes the 
cave-in)  Oh great, just great!  Now how am I supposed to get out of here?  Oh, this isn't 
fair!  Hey, somebody!  Somebody help me plea – (he comes face-to-rug with CARPET, 
and jumps back)  WHOA!  Hey… you trying to get out of here too?  (CARPET nods)  I 
know how you feel.  The name's Aladdin… (he shakes CARPET's tassel)  Well, this way 
looks blocked.  Got any other ideas?  (CARPET gets excited and moves toward the lamp 
downstage)  What's that, you see something?  Oh, yeah.  All that work for this measly 
piece of junk.  (CARPET mimes rubbing the lamp)  What's that?  (CARPET mimes it 
again)  I'm sorry, I don't understand what you're trying to say.  (to the audience)  Does 
anyone out there speak Carpet?  (the audience responds)  What?  Rub the lamp?  Okay… 
what good is that gonna do?  (he rubs the lamp, and GENIE billows high into the air and 
reappears onstage in a plume of smoke)

GENIE
Heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeere's Genie!!  Wow, thanks kid, you have no idea what it's like 
being trapped inside that lamp for the last 10,000 years, 22 hours, and 53 seconds.  I have 
the world's worst wedgie.  (noticing his gut)  Whoa!  Shades of Jiminy Glick!  How'd 
that get there?  (to ALADDIN)  Come on be honest, do I have lamp odor?

ALADDIN
Who are you?

GENIE
I used to be Mr. Clean before I won a breath holding contest… I'm a Genie!  And you 
know what that means?  You've got three, count 'em 3, really groovy wishes coming 
your way, baby.  Oh, behave.

ALADDIN
I do?

GENIE
Yeah, but before we get started, let's go over the rule book, sport.  Let's see… "How to 
Keep Your Puffy Pants Puffy" by MC Hammer…"Men Are from Mars, Genies are from 
Lamps"… "Harry Potter," "Harry Potter," "Harry Potter" – I'm a big fan.  Ah, here we 
go!  "Genie Rule Book"!  Rule number one!  No wishin' for more wishes!  It's against 
Genie labor laws, and you don't wanna cross that picket line, even to go to the grocery 
store.  Rule number two!  I can't make someone fall in love with you.  I did that once for 
Britney Spears.  Apparently the magic only lasts 55 hours.  Rule number three!  I can't 
raise the dead.  I did that for Ben Affleck, then he went and made that movie Gigli.  Two 
words – poooooo tinky!

ALADDIN
Let me get this straight.  You're my genie?  And I'm your master?

GENIE
No.  But I did just save a ton of money on my car insurance…  Yup!  That's what we 
genies do.  It's ALL we do.  Oh, sure, it sounds like a glamorous gig, but you gotta spend 
your whole life trapped inside that teeny lamp, doling out wish after wish, no real 
freedom of your own.  But hey!  What am I talkin' about me for?  This is your lucky day, 
son – not mine.  And you have no idea what's in store, friend!
Well Ali Baba had them forty thieves
Sheherazadie had a thousand tales
But master you in luck
Cause up your sleeves
You got a brand of magic never fails
You got some power in your corner now
Some heavy ammunition in your camp
You got some punch, pizzazz, yahoo and how
See all you gotta do is rub the lamp
And I'll say
(CARPET brings out a small table with a covered dish)
Mr. Aladdin sir, what will your pleasure be
(GENIE grabs a notepad and writes)
Let me take your order, jot it down
You ain't never had a friend like me
No no no
(GENIE puts on a suit jacket that CARPET holds out)
Life is your restaurant and I'm your maitre'd
Come on whisper what it is you want
You ain't never had a friend like me
Yes sir we

(GENIE lifts the lid on the dish to reveal a GENIE HEAD)

GENIE HEAD
Pride ourselves on service
You're the boss the king the shah
Say what you wish, it's yours, true dish
How 'bout a

GENIE HEAD AND GENIE
Little more baklava!

(GENIE re-covers the dish and grabs a menu)

GENIE
Have some of column A
Try all of column B
(slaps the menu shut and sets it down)
I'm in the mood to help you dude!
You ain't never had a friend like me!
(GENIE pushes ALADDIN downstage, where ALADDIN sits, then GENIE "throws his 
voice" to CARPET)
Can your friends do this?
(a GENIE pops up in a puff of smoke)
Can your friends do that?
(another GENIE flips onto the stage from stage right)
Can your friends pull this
(GENIE pulls flowers out of a hat and hands them to CARPET)
Outta their little hat?
Can your friends go poof?
Well, lookie here
Can your friends go abracadabra
Let 'er rip!
Then make the sucker disappear!
(CARPET disappears in a puff of smoke)
And that's just the appetizer!

(the rockslide rises to reveal a whole chorus of GENIES on a Vegas-like set, ALADDIN 
jumps up)

GENIE CHORUS
So don't just sit there slack jawed, buggy eyed
I'm here to answer all your mid-day prayers
You got me bona fide certified
You got a genie for your charge d'affaires!
I got powerful urge to help you out
So what you wish, I really wanna know
(the GENIES pick up ALADDIN)
You got a list that's three miles long no doubt
Well all you gotta do is rub like so
(GENIE rubs the lamp ALADDIN holds out, then the GENIE CHORUS sets ALADDIN 
down and runs offstage)
And oh!

(a few GENIES breakdance, then run offstage, leaving ALADDIN and CARPET.  The 
GENIES, led by GENIE, appear at the top of the staircase, hats and canes in hand)

GENIE
Give it up for the genies!

(GENIE and the GENIE CHORUS do a kickline down the stairs)

GENIE/GENIE CHORUS
Mr. Aladdin sir, what will your pleasure be
Let me take your order, jot it down
Come on whisper what it is you want

(GENIE brings ALADDIN to stand next to him, they dance)

GENIE
Let's kick it, kid!

GENIE/GENIE CHORUS
Mr. Aladdn sir, have a wish or two or three
I'm on the job, you big nabob
You ain't never had a friend, never had a friend
You ain't never had a friend, never had a friend

ALADDIN, GENIE, AND CHORUS
You ain't never had a friend like me

GENIE CHORUS
Oh yeah
Wah wah wah
Oh my
Wah wah wah
Oh yeah

GENIE
You ain't never had a friend like me

ALL
Hah!

(ALL strike a final pose, and the lights go out)

(IAGO appears in a window and waves at the audience, disappearing as JAFAR and 
JASMINE enter stage right)

JAFAR
I'm sorry, princess, but I know all about your little plan to help some poor street urchin, 
but rules are rules!

JASMINE
But he was only trying to feed himself –

JAFAR
Uh-uh-uh!  We can't go changing our laws every time the princess gets a whim!  What 
kind of example would that set?

(IAGO enters stage left)

JASMINE
But the boy!  What have you done with him?  He deserves a fair trial!

JAFAR
I'm sorry to say, but the boy has already been… how to put it…?

IAGO
Eaten by a giant cave, shaped like a tiger's head!  Remember?  He didn't wanna go but 
you shooooved him in-

JAFAR
The boy has been… disposed of.  Regulations are quite clear on the matter.

JASMINE
But he only meant to help - 

JAFAR
You have more important issues to concern yourself with, such as your royal lineage.  (he 
moves very close to JASMINE)

(the SULTAN enters from stage right as a fanfare plays, JASMINE runs to him)

JASMINE:
Father!

JAFAR
Aaaah, your highness!  The princess and I were just discussing her upcoming marriage!  
Everything is in order – the feast, the festival… the only thing we seem to be lacking is… 
the groom!

SULTAN
Yes, Jasmine, you must make a decision and quickly.  The people of Agrabah cannot wait 
forever for their new sultan.  I promised them you would marry the next eligible suitor 
who seeks your hand.

JASMINE
But they're all egotistical braggarts!

JAFAR
Princess, with all due respect, we can't just sit around and wait for someone to burst into 
the palace, blow a trumpet, and announce that they've found the love of your life-

(a trumpet blows and the curtain rises to reveal GENIE)

GENIE
Preeeeesenting Prince Ali Ababwa, the love of Princess Jasmine's life!  (the theater doors 
on the stage left side of the theater open and ALADDIN enters on an elephant, with an 
entourage.  They make a loop through the orchestra level of the theater)  Oh, I can see 
him right now, the paparazzi is going crazy…

CROWD
Make way for Prince Ali
Say hey, it's Prince Ali

CROWD/GENIE
Hey, clear the way in the old bazaar
Hey you, let us through
It's a bright new star
Oh come be the first on your block to meet his eye
Make way, here he comes
Ring bells, bang the drums
Are you gonna love this guy!
Prince Ali, mighty is he, Ali Ababwa
Strong as ten regular men, definitely
He faced the galloping hordes
A hundred bad guys with swords
Who sent those goons to their lords?
Why, Prince Ali!

CROWD
He's got 75 golden camels

GENIE
Watch where you step!

CROWD
Purple peacocks he's got 53

GENIE
And they couldn't be prouder!

CROWD
When it comes to exotic-type mammals

GENIE
My mammal!

CROWD
Has he got a zoo
I'm telling you
It's a world-class menagerie!
Prince Ali

(the elephant stops next to the stage, and ALADDIN jumps off, the elephant exits)

CROWD/GENIE
Prince Ali, fabulous he, Ali Ababwa
Heard your princess was a sight lovely to see
And that, good people, is why
He got dolled up and dropped by

CROWD
With sixty elephants, llamas galore
With his bears and lions
A brass band and more
With his forty fakirs, his cooks, his bakers
His birds that warble on key
Make way…

CROWD/GENIE
… for Prince Ali!

ALADDIN
Fair princess, might I introduce myself?  I am called Prince Ali Ababwa!  (GENIE mimes 
twirling a cape)  Oh.  (ALADDIN twirls his cape and strikes a proud pose, then moves to 
kneel before JASMINE)  And I would be delighted to ask for your hand in marriage.

GENIE
(to JASMINE)  Well?  Don't keep the home viewers in suspense!  What do you think of 
his fabulousness?

JASMINE
Another fraud!  (she storms off)

CROWD
(gasps, then disperses, leaving SULTAN, GENIE, ALADDIN, and CARPET alone, but 
IAGO and JAFAR are secretly watching from a window stage right)

GENIE
Wait a minute.  He never worked for Enron!…  where are you all going?  There's gonna 
be sandwiches…

SULTAN
I'm sorry, Prince Ali.  My daughter seems to be a bit selective when it comes to suitors.  
(he exits)

ALADDIN
Is it something I said?

GENIE
Maybe the parade approach was a little too… Vegas.  Thank you vera much.  You know, 
Al, maybe you need to speak to the princess alone.

ALADDIN
You're right!  Of course!  You know, Genie, you've been such a great help, you deserve 
something in return.

GENIE
Naaaaaaaaaw.

ALADDIN
No!  Once I get the princess to fall in love with me, I'll use my last wish to set you free!  
I promise.

GENIE
You mean it?  Me?  Free?  Oh, Al, think what this will mean for the emancipation of 
genies everywhere!  Now, Al, you need to go speak to the lovely princess alone.  And 
whatever you do, be yourself.  It's what's inside that counts.

ALADDIN
Well, she certainly isn't going to fall for some street rat.

GENIE
Oh, Al, you can't think of yourself as a street rat-

ALADDIN
Wait, Genie, I know what I'm doing!  Come on, Carpet!  (he grabs CARPET, and they 
exit)

GENIE
Wait – no – wait for me… beeeeee yourseeeeeeeelf!  (beat, then to the audience)  I'm 
gonna go find Nemo.  (exits stage left)

JAFAR
Ooooooh, a genie?  The street rat must have found the lamp, and now he's passing 
himself off as this Prince A-blah-blah person.

IAGO
But he shoulda been trapped in the Cave of Wonders!

JAFAR
Well, we might have to do some trapping of our own.  (they laugh evilly, then disappear)

(the curtain rises on the stage to reveal JASMINE standing in her room, with a bird cage 
off to one side)

JASMINE
Is this to be my fate?  Forced to marry someone who doesn't even know me.  But what 
other choice do I have?
Lucky bird inside a gilded cage
Golden words spoke by an ancient sage
Everything you may have in life
Still all you hold is dust
Must I yearn forever to be free
Free to climb a tree and ponder
Free to wander
There's no desire I hold fonder
Than to be
Simply me
To be free
How ungrateful is this lucky bird
Spurning privilege for one simple word
Freedom to stretch these golden wings
Freedom to touch the sky
Why, some would ask
Would she want to be
Free to throw away a treasure
Poor with pleasure
I'd sacrifice riches beyond measure
Just a girl
With a boy
What a perfect fantasy
To find love
To feel joy
To be really free

(ALADDIN rises up on the other side of her balcony)

ALADDIN
Excuse me princess?  I didn't mean to intrude –

JASMINE
(ducks behind the bird cage)  Who granted you permission to my private quarters?  (runs 
toward stage right)  Guards!  Guards!

ALADDIN
(jumps in front of her and stops her)  Nonononononono!  I only wanted to talk-

JASMINE
You're just like all the rest!  You show up with your imperial menagerie and expect me 
to go weak in the knees!  Well, let me tell you something Prince Ali.  My hand, as well as 
my kingdom, can't be bought by some second rate royal.  You're only here to increase 
your personal wealth and property.

ALADDIN
That's not why I'm here.

JASMINE
I suppose you're here because you're in love with me?  Well, if you expect me to believe 
that… you can take a flying leap off my parapet for all I care.

ALADDIN
(looks down dejectedly, then notices CARPET waving frantically from the far side of the 
balcony)  Oh, okay!  (to JASMINE)  Very well, as you wish.  (he goes to the edge and 
steps off the balcony)

JASMINE
Ali!!

(ALADDIN pops up)

ALADDIN
You called?  (he steps back onto the balcony)  

JASMINE
How did you do that…?

ALADDIN
You were worried about me!

JASMINE
No…

ALADDIN
Come on, how about a little spin on the ol' carpet?  Please princess?  I don't care about 
your wealth or your kingdom.  I only ask for the chance to get to know you a little better.  
What's wrong, don't you trust me?

JASMINE
Are you sure I don't know you? 

ALADDIN
Uhhhhhh, your carpet awaits!  Come on!  (he takes her by the hand and leads her to the 
carpet, they disappear)

(above the audience, the carpet lowers down, with ALADDIN and JASMINE on it, and 
soars around.  Dancers with models of famous landmarks fill the stage)

ALADDIN
I can show you the world
Shining, shimmering, splendid 
Tell me princess, now when did you last
Let your heart decide?
I can open your eyes
Take you wonder by wonder
Over, sideways, and under
On a magic carpet ride
A whole new world
A new fantastic point of view
No one to tell us no
Or where to go
Or say we're only dreaming

JASMINE
A whole new world
A dazzling place I never knew
But when I'm way up here
It's crystal clear
That now I'm in a whole new world with you

(the carpet soars out of view, and ALADDIN and JASMINE reappear on the carpet 
onstage)

ALADDIN
Now I'm in a whole new world with you

JASMINE
Unbelievable sights
Indescribable feelings
Soaring, tumbling, freewheeling 
Through an endless diamond sky
A whole new world

ALADDIN
Don't you dare close your eyes

(ALADDIN and JASMINE step off the carpet)

JASMINE
A hundred thousand things to see

ALADDIN
Hold your breath it gets better

JASMINE
I'm like a shooting star
I've come so far
I can't go back to where I used to be

ALADDIN
A whole new world

JASMINE
Every turn a surprise

ALADDIN
With new horizons to pursue

JASMINE
Every moment red letter

ALADDIN AND JASMINE
I'll chase them anywhere
There's time to spare
Let me share this whole new world with you

ALADDIN
A whole new world

JASMINE
A whole new world

ALADDIN
That's where we'll be

JASMINE
That's where we'll be

ALADDIN
A thrilling chase

JASMINE
A wondrous place

ALADDIN AND JASMINE
For you and me

(they kiss)

JASMINE
Goodnight, Prince Ali!

ALADDIN
Wait!  Where are you going?

JASMINE
I have to speak with my father about something very important.  (she exits stage left)

ALADDIN
Goodnight… princess…

(CARPET appears in the background, exhausted.  GENIE enters from stage left)

GENIE
Well, how did it go with her majesty?

ALADDIN
She's perfect!

GENIE
Great!  You like her, she likes you, now it's time for my wish!

ALADDIN
Is it?

GENIE
He doesn't remember the promise he made us, does he, preciousssssssssssssss?  First I 
freed you from the cave, big dance number with hats and canes, that was wish number 
one.  Then I turned you into fancy-shmancy prince-type person – 36 people and an 
elephant suit – that was wish number two.  Now all that's left is wish number three, 
which means it's Genie freein' time!  Hit me with the digits!

ALADDIN
But Jasmine thinks I'm this big important Prince Ali guy.  How am I supposed to keep 
fooling her without you around?

GENIE
I thought we had a deal.

ALADDIN
I know we did.  But I might still need that final wish.

GENIE
Sure.  I understand.  You're just like all the rest.  I don't understand why I let myself get 
all excited.  I guess I thought you might be the kind of person that actually kept your 
promises.

ALADDIN
Genie –

GENIE
Ah ah ah ah ah!

ALADDIN
But – 

GENIE
Ah ah ah ah ah!… You better talk to the left hand, cause you ain't right!… Don't you 
worry about me, Al.  If you need me, master, you know where I'll be.  Trapped, inside 
my sardine can.  (he disappears in a puff of smoke)

ALADDIN
(to the lamp)  Come on, Genie, you gotta understand where I'm coming from!  (CARPET 
starts to leave)  Wait, where are you going?  You're not mad at me too, are you?  
(CARPET makes an upset gesture, then exits stage left)  Oh, I don't know what I'm 
doing anymore!

(JAFAR enters stage right with the GUARDS and IAGO)

JAFAR
I'll say!  Seize him!

(IAGO grabs the lamp from ALADDIN and gives it to JAFAR.  The GUARDS grab 
ALADDIN and put him in chains)

JAFAR
(to the GUARDS)  Bring me the sultan!  (two GUARDS exit)  At last, the kingdom will 
be mine!  (he rubs the lamp)

GENIE
Look Al, if you're here to apologize, you're too late.  But as long as I've got you here, 
could you scrub my left shoulderblade?  It gets so cramped in here – EEEK!  A man!

JAFAR
I believe you owe me three wishes.

ALADDIN
Don't do it, Genie!

GENIE
I got no choice, Al.

IAGO
Whoever holds the lamp controls the genie.  It's in the genie rule book!

(the GUARDS enter with JASMINE and the SULTAN)

JASMINE
Let us go!  (the GUARDS throw them to the ground)  How dare you treat the sultan this 
way?

SULTAN
Jafar!

JASMINE
He's hypnotized the palace guards.

ALADDIN
I'm afraid we've got even bigger problems than the palace guards.

JASMINE
What do you mean?

JAFAR
Everybody who's got three wishes coming, raise their hand.  (beat, then he raises his 
hand)  Oops, looks like it's only me!  Genie!  For my first wish, I wish to rule the 
kingdom!  Make me the sultan.

(GENIE grants the wish.  The SULTAN clutches his chest)

GENIE
Poof.  You're the sultan.  We're all very impressed… if your last name was 
Peppershaker, you'd be Sultan Peppershaker.  Nawwwww, you look good up close… 
you'd look better from Jafar… Look at me, I'm in-SULTAN him!  Are we through yet?

JAFAR 
No!  We're just getting started!  But perhaps merely being the sultan isn't enough.  For 
my second wish, I want you to make me the most powerful sorcerer on Earth!  (GENIE 
grants his wish, and JAFAR uses his staff to force JASMINE to come to him)  How do 
you like your sultan now, my little desert blossom?  Together we shall be unstoppable!

ALADDIN
Leave her alone!  She doesn't love you and she never will – 

(JAFAR uses his power to knock ALADDIN to the ground)

JAFAR
You stay out of this, street rat!

JASMINE
(going to ALADDIN)  Street rat?  But I thought you were Prince Ali.

ALADDIN
I meant to tell you sooner or later.

JAFAR
Prince Ali, yes it is he
But not as you know him
Read my lips
And come to grips
With reality
Yes meet a blast from your past
Whose lies were too good to last
Say hello to your precious Prince Ali
(JASMINE runs to her father)
So Ali turns out to be merely Aladdin
Just a con, need I go on?
Take it from me
His personality flaws
Give me adequate cause
(the GUARDS pull ALADDIN's hands over his head)
To send him packing on a one-way trip
So his prospects take a terminal dip
His assets frozen, the venue chosen
Is the ends of the Earth, whoopee!
So long, ex-Prince Ali!
But how to eliminate him?

IAGO
(mutters unintelligibly)

JAFAR
Ahhhh, yes!  There's only one way to get rid of a street rat!  (he moves to stand behind 
ALADDIN, holds up his snake staff, and vanishes)

JASMINE
Where'd he go?

(a large snake JAFAR rises up downstage)

JAFAR
You're done for, now, street rat.  Time to bid this world goodbye.  He's no match for the 
most powerful sorcerer on the planet!

(ALADDIN escapes the GUARDS)

ALADDIN
Why, you're not so powerful!  The Genie has more power than you'll ever have!

JASMINE
What are you doing?

ALADDIN
(to JASMINE)  Trust me!  (to JAFAR)  The Genie gave you your powers, he can take 
them away!

JAFAR
He's right.  For my third and final wish, I want you to make me an all-powerful Genie!

GENIE
Now you've gone and done it, Al!  Whatever you say, snake boy!  (he grants the wish)

JAFAR
Yes!  Yes!  I can feel the power coursing through my veins!  Aladdin, prepare to meet 
your doom!  (ALADDIN holds up the lamp, and JAFAR slowly sinks away)  Wha… 
what's happening?  Aaaaaaaaaaaaagh!

(everything is returned to normal)

ALADDIN
You see, the only problem with being a genie is you got no freedom.  Isn't that right, 
buddy?

GENIE
Oh, Al, you're a GENIE-ous.  Ten thousand years in the Cave of Wonders ought to do 
him a world of good.  Please stand clear of the doors.  Por favor mantengase alejado de 
las puertas.  And as for the talkin' poultry…  (IAGO approaches)

IAGO
Oooh, I'm so glad you got rid of that Jafar person.  All that negative energy!  Look at me!  
I'm a good guy now!  I'm… I'm… a whoooooole new biiiiiiiird!

GENIE
I got a question for you.

IAGO
Yeah?

GENIE
Original, or extra crispy?

IAGO
Aaaaaaaaaaaagh!

SULTAN
I believe we owe our thanks to you, young man.

(ALADDIN kneels and bow his head)

JASMINE
Father, I think I've finally decided upon a suitor.

ALADDIN
But you know the truth now.  I'm no royal prince.

JASMINE
(taking ALADDIN's hand)  You're much better.  You are true of heart and noble of 
spirit.

SULTAN
I agree.  And besides, who am I to argue with true love?

GENIE
(bawling)  Awwwwwwww, Al, I'm soo happy for ya!  (he blows his nose on CARPET, 
CARPET wipes it on GENIE)  Yeah, just wipe that anywhere.  We gotta start planning 
the wedding!  We'll need something old, something new, something borrowed… and me!

ALADDIN
Genie, do I still have one more wish coming?

GENIE
Sure do.  My wedding present to ya.  What'll you have?

ALADDIN
I wish for your freedom, Genie!

GENIE
I – wha?  You actually kept your promise!  I'm finally freeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!  Free at last, 
free at last!  Thank you Al, thank you all, thank you – tip your ushers, cause I get half.  
Come on, Carpet… I'm goin' to Disneyland!  (CARPET and GENIE exit stage left)

SULTAN
Your Genie isn't the only one facing a brand new future.  (to the audience)  Royal 
subjects of Agrabah!  My daughter has finally made her choice.

(a group of dancers enter, and ALADDIN and JASMINE skip away.  Moments later, they 
enter again on a pedestal, and JASMINE is wearing a wedding veil)

CROWD/ALADDIN/JASMINE
A whole new world
A dazzling place
A new fantastic point of view
A whole new world (A whole new world)
That's where we'll be (That's where we'll be)
A thrilling chase, a wondrous place
For you and me

GENIE
(soaring over the audience on CARPET)  Goodbye everyone!  Hey, look, I'm soarin' 
over California!!
 
CROWD
Aaaaahhhhhhh
A whole new world

(ALADDIN and JASMINE kiss)

Aaaaaaahhhhhhhhh
Aaaaaaaaahhhhhh
Aaaaaaaaaahhhhhhh
A whole new world!

(ALL strike a final pose, and the lights go out)

(the cast then returns to the stage for a final curtain call)

ALL:
Mr. Aladdin, sir
Have a wish or two or three
I'm on the job
You big nabob
You ain't never had a friend
Never had a friend
You ain't never had a friend
Never had a friend
You ain't never 
Had a
Friend
Like 
Me
You ain't never had a friend like me!
HA!

(they pose, and the lights go out)

(the lights return, the cast takes a final bow, and disappears offstage as the curtain falls.  
GENIE is the last to leave, laying on his stomach to get a final wave in before the curtain 
drops)

THE END!

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