Manage your expectations. Can't imagine there would be anyone remotely "starry" in a Disney tour, especially with a green director.
Does this contain any book revisions? I always thought that was the weakest spot in the show.
SO excited for this!!!! I will definitely check this out at Paper Mill, and I love the idea of having it reopen the Palace theatre on Broadway at some point. I think the press release said that the book will be revised.
CATSNYrevival said: "I’m excited to see Bob Crowley’s designs and any updates he may incorporate. It sounds like it’s going to be more of a tweaked staging of the original rather than a completely new production. Similar to what they have done with Mary Poppins in the West End. Hopefully it won’t be too different. I’ve seen productions of Aida without Bob Crowley’s designs and they just didn’t work for me."The articles says "updated and re-imagined." That's pretty much the definition of a whole new production. Though with the same design team, that's curious. (That said, Schumacher has spoken of a future Beauty and the Beast revival with original director and creative team with an entirely new concept, so not necessarily so curious for Disney.)
I could see this going two ways. Either it follows through as planned, opens at Papermill, goes on tour, and finishes out the tour down the line with an extended sit down in New York eventually. OR I can also very much forsee it opening at Papermill and the response being so good that they cancel the tour and take it straight back to Broadway.
Scarlet Leigh said: "I could see this going two ways. Either it follows through as planned, opens at Papermill, goes on tour, and finishes out the tour down the line with an extended sit down in New York eventually. OR I can also very much forsee it opening at Papermill and the response being so good that they cancel the tour and take it straight back to Broadway."I don’t see that happening...it is not that good a show. I liked it, but the book was awful and the choreography only adequate. Don’t know how much they will change, of course. I can see this being a stop On the tour, like the Channing revivals, but can’t imagine that this would be for an open run.
I don't think the current book is that bad, but there is some extraneous dialogue I wouldn't mind seeing trimmed. I wasn't happy with the changes David Henry Hwang made to Tarzan after the Broadway run so hopefully Aida is better.
Syndee Winters Instagram Story today. She had an Aida script.
The music is fantastic but the scenes in between are very badly written. I wish it was sung through.Some of the scenes need serious rewriting at least.
According to a casting call for the developmental lab it looks like the character of Aida’s father has been replaced and changed to her mother. It listed a specific vocal range for the character as well which makes me believe they’ve written a new song for the character. Excited to see this new revival. Link to casting call for those interestedhttps://www.broadwayworld.com/equity-audition/AIDA-Developmental-Agreement-2019-22612
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