As previously reported, the staging will be directed by Schele Williams, who originated the ensemble role of Nehebka in the original Broadway production. The new production will feature an updated book by David Henry Hwang , who co-wrote the original script with Linda Woolverton and Robert Falls. Elton John and Tim Rice penned the score for the musical, earning the pair a Tony and a Grammy for their work. The revival will also feature choreography by Camille A. Brown, sets and costumes by Bob Crowley , and lighting by Natasha Katz. Casting will be announced at a later date. Aida remained on Broadway through , featuring a slew of hit recording artists taking center stage, including Toni Braxton, Deborah Cox, and Michelle Williams. After the musical closed on Broadway, the musical was resurrected on tour and in regional productions, such as a run at Muny starring Williams, Taylor Louderman , and Zak Resnick. In related Aida news, the original Verdi work is slated to open the Metropolitan Opera's — season this fall in a new production directed by Michael Mayer.
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BroadwayWorld presents a comprehensive weekly roundup of regional stories around our Broadway World, which include videos, editor spotlights, regional reviews and more. Aida is widely considered one of the grandest of grand operas. The task of converting it to a Broadway musical was a daunting one. Book writers Linda Woolverton, Robert Falls, and David Henry Hwang took liberties with the original libretto in a manner they believed would make the plot more relatable to the general public - while that is a question of taste, what is could not be changed was the epic size of the story - Pharaohs, Kings, and Princesses implicitly carry a certain about of gravitas. Skip to main content Skip to footer site map. Buy Tickets. Want to Sell More Tickets?
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Aida premiered on Broadway on March 23, , running for 1, performances until September 5, It was also named by Time as one of the top ten theatre productions of the year. The show is based on Giuseppe Verdi 's Italian-language opera of the same name , the libretto of which was written by Antonio Ghislanzoni. The musical originated from a children's storybook version of Verdi's opera written by the soprano Leontyne Price. In the book rights were acquired by the Walt Disney Company for a proposed animated feature film. However, Elton John chose not to pursue another animated project after The Lion King so Disney executives suggested a Broadway adaptation instead. Despite his opinion that "opera people can be very elitist", John, along with Tim Rice, immediately signed on. In the Egyptian wing of a modern museum, a man and a woman touring the exhibit catch each other's eyes. A statue of Amneris, a female Pharaoh , comes to life "Every Story Is a Love Story" and transports them to Ancient Egypt , where Radames, captain of the Egyptian army, and his men are returning from an expedition through the land of Egypt's long-time enemy, Nubia "Fortune Favors the Brave".