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Steaming into an Arabian mystery!

Arriving on schedule in the Port of Suez on the steamer Mongolia, Phileas and Passepartout find themselves under close scrutiny by the English detective Mr Fix. He and the British Consul are awaiting the arrival of the Mongolia, convinced that Phileas Fogg is the culprit for the robbery of The Bank of London.

In order to evoke the Suez and Arabia of Verne's tale, our performance features an arrangement of ‘Arabian Nights’, the opening song from the successful 1992 Disney animated film “Aladdin". The film was based on a folktale “Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp" from One Thousand and One Nights. Fact-checking reveals that this story was a late addition to the Middle Eastern collection, and it actually has a Chinese origin. Rewritten for the movie screenplay, an Arabian street urchin uses a magic lamp to summon a genie to help him win the heart of the Sultan’s daughter. Who can forget the vocal performance of Robin Williams, as the voice of the Genie!

Originally composed by Alan Menken, with lyrics by Howard Ashman, our arrangement by Johnnie Vinson vividly captures the oriental theme as we accompany Phileas and Passepartout on their way to Bombay.

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