Taking flight: Australia actor Mikey Hart, who plays the lead role in Sinbad The Musical, is one of the show’s big highlights. The show is now playing at KLPac until April 27 before moving up to Penang next month.
Sinbad, the Musical was a visual feast, but the storytelling wasn’t plain sailing.
We know the story of Sinbad, the Sailor. We know his seven adventures and voyages. We know the villains he defeated and the monsters he faced. And who can forget the maidens he gets acquainted with on his journeys. So it was a surprise that director Joe Hasham’s Sinbad, the Musical, written by Australian Mark Cleary, looked more like a production of Aladdin, the Arabian Thief.
There was the ruling Caliph, whose mind is controlled by an evil vizier, much like how Ja'far enslaved the Sultan in Aladdin. The vizier attempts to marry the Caliph’s daughter to seal his power, much like what Ja'far tried to do with Princess Jasmine. Along the way, Aladdin... sorry, Sinbad and the pretty maiden fall in love (sans magical carpet ride ballad), and with the help of a mischievous Hajji (erm, pet monkey Abu?), Sinbad and his crew thwart the vizier's evil plot.
And, yes, there was a genie, too.
Just because one tale is based on another doesn’t make it bad. Sinbad's stories are based on Homer’s The Odyssey. But this musical, with 18 songs and a cast of 40, struggled to find solid ground.