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Elton John and Tim Rice's Aida: The Making of the Broadway Musical Hardcover – Bargain Price, November 1, 2000
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The book is divided into four chapters: story, composition, production, and performance. The first section describes the timeless tragedy and romance of Aida and of its rebirth from acclaimed opera to modern day rock musical. John and Rice's hammering out the numbers is described in the second part, and we begin to see the show's evolution from its originally titled "Elaborate Lives" Atlanta production. Set design, art direction, scenery, and costuming are detailed in the third chapter, and the last focuses on performance details.
The most ardent fan will always find such books lacking, but in fairness it gives the common theatre-goer a good sense of the energy required to stage a Broadway production. One of the best features is the photos, both plentiful and saturated with color. I especially liked the visual contrasts between various stages of the show, such as early costume sketches compared with the final outfits. The breadth of interviews also conveys the passion of an extraordinary "Aida" team.
A couple of things could have been improved upon. While I enjoyed the pictures, there was a redundancy to some. Two full page spreads of "Dance of the Robe," for example, one to illustrate the lighting and a second to show the choreography, proved unnecessary.Read more ›
by the Johnny Larson Estate, the Renthead bible, but above the Beauty and the Beast book which was more pictures than information.
This one had tons of information, and a good selection of pictures. You get a fantastic idea of how they progressed from the original story to the Broadway show, and nice behind the scenes anecdotes. There are also some very beautiful 2-page spreads, such as when the two-starcrossed lovers meet in the museum. However, the book is rather thin compared to some, and thus it doesn't hold quite as much information as some would like it to. It certainly could have used more pictures.
One thing it doesn't have are production drawings and concept art (it has a couple but they're small), which I always love to see. Those really help get you visualize what the production team was going for originally.
Still it's worth buying, and I would recommend it very much to any Aida fan certianly.
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This book was visually pleasing and covered the storyline well. Gorgeous pictures with original cast, it took me back to the stage in New York.Published on February 18, 2013 by Jenny Brayton
I'm designing sets for our production of Aida. This book is the perfect reference for colors, lighting and design.Published on February 5, 2010 by D. Elrick