the opening scene (one jump) kinda killed it for me. It was clear that this show had no real director, just someone to plan gimicks. "Okay, here's where the genie will appear, here's the trapdoor for Jafar, here's where we have the facilities for...etcetcetc." It seems like the physical action is tailored around all the effects.
The first big number should be fun, exciting, and somehwhat farcical as Aladdin uses different methods to avoid the guards. Instead...he ran stage left. They ran after him. He ran stage right. They ran after him. He ran around a building. They ran after him. I never really sensed he was in danger, and was wondering why the guards were having so much trouble catching someone running back and forth. Then it ends with him doing a six-million dollar man jump over the guards for some reason. (All I gotta do is juuuuuuump). If he could leap over crowds of people, why was he running in the first place? They should have chased him up one of the side towers, then he could have lept to safety from the tower...makes actual sense.
Anyway, the show is a double edged sword. Genie rocks, the sets are creative and gorgeous, Friend Like Me tops the show. On the other hand, Jafar's big confrontation in snake/genie form is rushed and static due to the nature of the effects, Aladdin is usually some chubby asian guy who cant sing, and it takes up a considerable amount of time.