Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida heading to the UK stage

Aida Heather HeadleyElton John and Tim Rice’s epic musical, Aida, will be debuting in the UK soon.

Although more known for creating the music of The Lion King, Elton John and Tim Rice also collaborated on another Broadway hit called Aida.

The show is based on the opera of the same name by Giuseppe Verdi and Antonio Ghislanzoni which tells the forbidden love story of the Nubian princess Aida and Radames, a captain of the Egyptian army that has captured and defeated the Nubians.

Aida premiered on Broadway on March 23, 2000 and ran for 1,852 performances until September 5, 2004. The original Broadway cast starred Heather Headley as Aida and Adam Pascal as Radames.

The show was nominated for five Tony Awards and won four, including Best Original Score for John and Rice and Best Actress in a Musical for Headley. The original Broadway cast recording also won the Grammy for Best Musical Show Album. The show boasts of many memorable songs such as “Written in the Stars,” “My Strongest Suit,” “Elaborate Lives,” and “Dance of the Robe.”

In the most recent episode of his podcast “Get Onto My Cloud”, Rice talked about plans of bringing the musical back on stage, after it ran for more than four years on Broadway in the early 2000s but sadly never reached the West End.

Aida the MusicalHe said:

“We’re aiming to put that right. Before this pandemic swept the globe, a timetable for a major new production of Aida, involving an American tour, followed by, we hoped, a return to Broadway before Europe and notably the West End, was in serious preparation.

Disney Theatrical Productions, the producers, were gung ho about the new adventure, and had appointed a marvellous creative team. The director was to be Schele Williams, who had been in the original Aida cast. Two Aida veterans were also to be in the team – David Henry Hwang and Bob Crowley, they were the key figures. Plus me and Elton.”

But given the impact of the current global crisis, the plans have had to be revised and the team now intends to go straight from Germany to London. No details have yet been revealed about the cast, show dates, or the final creative team.

Watch this space for more updates on this story.