Elton John Celebrates Aida's Birthday

News   Elton John Celebrates Aida's Birthday The Elton John-Tim Rice musical Aida celebrates her second birthday on Broadway on March 23.

The Elton John-Tim Rice musical Aida celebrates her second birthday on Broadway on March 23. The musical, which is loosely based on the Verdi opera, officially opened on Broadway on March 23, 2000, with a cast that included Adam Pascal as Radames, Sherie René Scott — who is currently appearing Off-Broadway in The Last Five Years — as Amneris and Tony winner Heather Headley in the title role. Former Rent-er Adam Pascal continues in his role opposite Simone's Aida and Felicia Finely's Amneris.

To help celebrate the show's anniversary, composer Elton John visited the company backstage March 20. He also stayed to watch the Disney Theatrical musical and received a standing ovation from the audience during intermission. His songs for the musical include the titles "My Strongest Suit," "Elaborate Lives," "The Gods Love Nubia," "Written in the Stars" and "Every Story Is a Love Story."

Aida — at the Palace Theatre — features a book by Linda Woolverton, Robert Falls and David Henry Hwang, sets and costumes by Bob Crowley, lighting by Natasha Katz, choreography by Wayne Cilento and direction by Robert Falls. The Palace Theatre is located at Broadway and 47th Street, and tickets are available by calling the Disney hotline, (212) 307-4747. A Dutch language production of Aida opened in Amsterdam in the fall of 2001, and a touring company is currently making its way across the country.