Music by Elton John, lyrics by Tim Rice, and book by Linda Woolverton, Robert Falls, and David Henry Hwang. UMMTA (Vic). Director: Grace Agnew. Musical Director: Anthony Cardamone. Choreographer: Ammalee Meisels. Union Theatre, University of Melbourne. September 19 - 27, 2014
I am very familiar with the opera Aida and aware that Elton John had written a musical on the same subject, so was interested to finally catch a production. And what a production it was!
Though we have the same characters and same basic story, it is quite a different take, starting before the opera does, so we see Aida being captured, and there are a number of sub-plots which do not appear in the opera. It worked very well, and there was a lovely twist at the end which eased the tragic ending.