Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Elton John and Tim Rice's Aida

"Aida (also known as Elton John and Tim Rice's Aida) is a musical with music by Elton John, lyrics by Tim Rice, and book by Linda Woolverton, Robert Falls, and David Henry Hwang, and produced by Walt Disney Theatrical. ... The Aida (2000 Original Broadway Cast) Cast recording won the Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album. ... The show is performed in two acts based on Giuseppe Verdi's Italian-language opera by the same name. ... Elton John's music for Aida is stylistically eclectic. 'Another Pyramid' is a modern reggae number; 'My Strongest Suit' draws heavily on Motown, 'The Gods Love Nubia' draws on gospel. There are numbers, e.g., 'Not Me,' 'Elaborate Lives,' 'A Step Too Far,' 'Written in the Stars,' that reflect Elton John's pop style. There is also a strong influence of African music, notably in 'Dance of the Robe' and 'Easy as Life'. These styles are used without much attention to historical authenticity; rather, there is a mix of African (mostly West African), Indian and Middle Eastern influences. Probably the nearest stylistic parallel to the work as a whole is to Elton John's The Lion King, another musical with strong emphasis on ethnically diverse stylistic influences" (Wikipedia).

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