Exclusive: Behind the scenes of ‘Aladdin’

See behind the scenes of Disney's Aladdin, the musical

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - They came from a land from a faraway place… where the Broadway lights roam.

For two weeks, the Kentucky Center became the home for the Broadway musical Aladdin.

It's Disney magic on stage, including a princess, a genie and a diamond in the rough.

The genie only grants one TV station one wish to go backstage, and well...that was us, backstage at Aladdin.

“So welcome to what we call the female backstage bunker,” Michelle Scott, the show’s Wardrobe Supervisor told us as she peeled back a black curtain.

Everything glittered and shined.

"This is the genie," she told us. "This is his iconic piece."

The Genie’s costume, an indigo blue, was covered in beads and gems.

"It's got jewels dripping everywhere," she pointed out.

There are more than 300 costumes in the show and 291 custom hats. The fabrics come from more than 250 different countries. All the costumes are handmade, including Jasmin's wedding gown. The skirt alone weighs a whopping 12 pounds because of the amount of detail.

Some of the pants include 8,000 Swarovski crystals.

One of the princes wears this embellished jacket during the show, studded with hundreds of crystals and beads.
One of the princes wears this embellished jacket during the show, studded with hundreds of crystals and beads. (WAVE 3 News)

We gave Scott some tough questions, but she proved to be tough to crack.

"When that carpet took off and you literally can't tell how it's flying, it's pretty magical," she said.

"So can you tell us how it works?" we asked.

"Absolutely not," she laughed. "I didn't know how it works for the longest time."

And speaking of time, actor Michelle West told us just how quickly she has to change between some costumes.

"My quick change is seven seconds," she told us. "It's magic all the time. It doesn't stop."

A storyboard illustrates a few of the many costume changes in 'Aladdin.'
A storyboard illustrates a few of the many costume changes in 'Aladdin.' (WAVE 3 News)

At each city, the production hires and trains 13 people just to help make those costume changes.

The Disney theatrical production opened in 2014, breaking the New Amsterdam Theatre's house records.

Since then, more than 7 million people have seen it worldwide.

The show in Louisville runs through this Sunday.

From the stage, to the costumes and the actors, in the words of Iago, out of a scale of one through 10, this production is an 11.

Behind the scenes of Aladdin

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