This version of Aladdin reportedly stayed close to the 'Arabian Nights' tales, with the only radical change being a change of setting, from Tartary to China. Several reviews also suggest that the large number of specialty acts, many of whom were well-known vaudeville artists, gave the production an air of revue as much as that of pantomime.
Songs known to have been incorporated into the story were: "The Trail of the Lonesome Pine" and "Moon Song" (sung by Carrie Moore), "Whistle It" (Grace Palotta) and "Heart that's Free" (Mabel Batchelor).
[Source: Australian Variety Theatre Archive]
While the authorship of this pantomime has not been established, Melbourne's Punch indicates in a 1914 'Sydney Shows' column that the libretto had been 'written locally' (1 Jan. 1914, p.13). The Sydney Morning Herald critic, in noting that Aladdin 'had only been staged [in Sydney] twice before during the past 15 years," suggests that while the librettist has followed the original [story] with as much fidelity as a modern burlesque will admit of… the book is far from strong' (25 December 1913, p.3).
Director Lester Brown, who had been engaged from New York by Willoughby, no doubt had some input into the libretto but there is no indication as to whether he was entirely responsible for its construction. One of the highlights of the production was apparently Brown's 'brilliant' Act 1 closure, the "Grand Ragtime Revue."
1913: Adelphi Theatre, Sydney; 24 December 1913 - 12 February 1914
1914: Victoria Theatre, Newcastle (NSW); 14-20 February
1914: New Zealand tour; 26 Feb. - 3 May
1914: Theatre Royal (Hobart); 8-13 May
1914: Albert Hall, Launceston; 14-18 May
1914: Theatre Royal (Adelaide); 23 May -
1914: Crystal Theatre, Broken Hill; 6 June -
1914: Princess's Theatre (Melb); 17 June [4 week season]