Monday, March 23, 2020

Disney's Aida

March 23, 2000. Care to guess what happened on that day? Well, if you guessed that was the day that Aida opened on Broadway, then you would be right. The show, which opened at the Palace Theatre following it's world premier at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, closed on September 5, 2004, where it played a total of 30 previews, and 1,852 performances. Featuring music by Elton John, lyrics by Tim Rice, and a book by Linda Woolverton, Robert Falls, and David Henry Hwang, Aida won the Tony Award for Best Score, as well as the Grammy Award for Best Musical Album of the Year.

Believe it or not, but I saw the show four times. Now seeing a show multiple times is nothing new to me, as I saw Rent twenty-five times, and eight times for both Avenue Q and Rock of Ages. What can I say? When I find a show I love, I really love it. The surprising thing is that I am not, nor have I ever been a big Disney fan. So why did I love this one so much? Well for starters, it was not an animated film prior to it's Broadway debut. And well, it was just damn good.

From the amazing score, to the beautiful love story, to the performers, both the original cast, and it's replacements, it had it all. It was also announced recently, that the show will launch a National tour at New Jersey's Paper Mill Playhouse on February 4, 2021, and play thru March 7, 2021. This new production, will feature direction by original cast member Schele Williams, and will also feature a new updated book by David Henry Hwang. Here's hoping the show ends up on Broadway following it's tour. Fingers crossed. Until next time theatre fans.

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