|Bailiwick Chicago presents|
|Book by L. Woolverton, Robert Falls and D.H. Hwang
Music by Elton John, Lyrics by Tim Rice
Directed by Scott Ferguson
Music Directed by Jimmy Morehead/Robert Ollis
at American Theatre Company, 1909 W. Byron (map)
through August 1st | Tickets: $30-$45 | more info
reviewed by Katy Walsh
Egypt attacks Nubia. Women are abducted. The lead captor and enslaved princess-in-disguise share a passionate connection. Not your ordinary boy-meets-girl scenario, this musical establishes its premise from the first song, "Every Story is a Love Story." Bailiwick Chicago presents Aida, the Tony Award winning Elton John and Tim Rice musical based on Giuseppe Verdi's Italian opera of the same name. The Pharaoh's daughter has been betrothed for nine years. To avoid settling down, her fiancé, Radames, has been pilfering villages along the Nile River. Everything changes when Radames imprisons Aida from Nubia. A plot to kill the Pharaoh, an uprising of Nubian slaves, the plan for a royal wedding - despite this political duress, an epic love story conquers all. An elaborate production set on a small stage, Bailiwick Chicago's Aida triumphs simply with song, dance and a legendary love story.
Check out the rest of the review at Chicago Theater Blog.