TEMPE, Ariz. (FOX 10) -- People may know the Disney story of Aladdin for its award-winning music, but it's the incredible costumes that take these actors to "a whole new world".
There are 337 costumes in the show that helps make the show sparkle.
"All of this beading has been hand-done," said Wardrobe Supervisor Michael Hannah. "Some of it is done in the, U.S., some of it is done in India."
Each one is specially designed.
"They're all custom-made," said Hannah. "They have to have the point."
Hannah tours with the cast, and he's in charge of maintaining the looks that bring the characters to life. The rhinestones people can see on the wardrobes are actually Swarovski crystals, and for the finale, every man on stage wears a costume covered in more than 8,000 of the crystals.
Hannah said Jasmine's wedding skirt weighs 12 lbs (~5.44kg), because of all the beading that is on it. Imagine throwing the costume on, dancing with the added weight, and then taking it off to switch into something else, all in the dark, and done fast and often.
The quick changes backstage are choreographed and rehearsed, and 11 dressers are waiting for the actors in the wings, ready to switch their wigs, makeup, clothes, shoes, all under 60 seconds.
"I'll take off the skirt at the exact same moment, and then it will be the shoes, and then the hat, and it has to go just like so, every single time," said ensemble member Adrienne Howard, who helps set the tone for the story.
"Kind of the 'vibe' of Agrabah, if you will," said Howard. She is no stranger to the side-stage costume change.
"Sometimes, two to three people helping me change from one costume to another in under 30 seconds," said Howard. In true Disney fashion, she can't reveal too many secrets, but she did say she wears three different wigs in the show.
And that's not all.
"Do you guys all wear microphones or no?" asked FOX 10's Christina Carilla.
"Oh, we do," said Howard.
"So, do they put those under your wig?" asked Carilla.
"Uh-huh," Howard replied. "They're attached to our heads, underneath the wig."
Howard said the show does bond them with the costumes.
"Now that we've been on the road and doing this show for the last two years, we've really just been -- we're one with the costumes at this moment," said Howard.
Aladdin comes alive on stage with every stitch, print, and fine detail, accomplishing the goal of taking the audience to "a whole new world". Unlike the show, there are no wishes to make it all appear. Behind the scenes, however, is a village of passionate, hard-workers, keeping the magic alive for eight shows a week.
"The 'Friend Like Me' number is silly, in the fact that it's got all of this stuff in it, and of course, it ends with a big tap number and confetti cannon," said Hannah. "So it just -- it just gives you everything. It's kind of amazing that way."
"It goes so far past the cast that's on stage presenting the show," said Howard. "The crew, stage management, company management, hair and makeup team. Everyone just coming together to create all of this, day in and day out."