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Arabian Nights is a stage production based on the famous Arabian Nights cycle of stories. It was composed by Felix Gray and premiered in 2010. The script encourages characters in the sub-stories and sub-sub-stories to improvise at points, as well as a rather clever device near the end to show off the huge number of stories in the original work after only actually telling a handful of them—it's only a 2-3 hour show.



  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: In-universe, Sheherazade's stories have the power to blur the lines between fiction and reality, so that her sister Jasmina falls in love with the character Aladdin and an evil sorceress crosses over to wreak havoc in the real world.
  • Breakout Character: Jasmina, the little sister Sheherazade used as an excuse to tell her stories, breaks out with a vengeance as a Yandere who tries to murder her own sister due to her mad magic-induced crush on Sultan Soliman.
  • Crowd Song: "Les Lumieres De l'Orient," "Vive La Mariee," "Demander Pardon," "Ce Qui Ne Nous Tue Pas."
  • Easily Forgiven: Everyone, in the end, without a jot of consequence. Although the music is so awesome, you can almost believe it.
  • Evil Sorceress: Djinninia.
  • Face–Heel Turn: The Sultan Soliman, at the end of the first act. But the story's not over yet ...
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  • "I Want" Song: "Etre Une Femme" (To Be A Woman), in which all the female characters sing about their wishes — royal status (a happily engaged Sheherazade), the end of her unrequited passion (Jasmina), peace and solitude (Djinninia), and love (Amina, a harem girl, who never had the chance for it).
  • Lighter and Softer: Instead of killing his wives, the Sultan banishes them to some sort of parallel dimension, and after marrying Sheherazade, he sets them all free.
  • Love Potion: Djinninia casts a love spell on Jasmina, to make her forget Aladdin and fall desperately in love with Soliman instead.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: Jasmina is deeply annoyed by this.
  • Say My Name: One of Sheherazade and Soliman's love songs consists almost entirely of this.
  • Villain Song: Djinninia, with electric guitars.
  • Woman Scorned:
    • Djinninia. Because of a lover's quarrel with the male genie (we never do find out what he did to hurt her so badly), she shuts him up in that infamous lamp and, after Aladdin frees him, decides to get revenge on both of them by breaking up Aladdin's love affair with Jasmina even though the latter two never did her any harm.
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    • Soliman qualifies as a Man Scorned in the beginning

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