Aida by Constellation Theatre

Music by Elton John, Lyrics by Tim Rice

Book by Linda Woolverton, Robert Falls, and David Henry Hwang

Directed by Michael J. Bobbitt

Based on the opera by Giuseppe Verdi, this epic spectacular by glam music genius Elton John chronicles a star-crossed love affair between Aida, a Nubian princess kidnapped from her country, and Radames, an Egyptian captain who enslaved her people. As their forbidden love blossoms, Aida must choose between her heart’s desire and her royal responsibility to lead her people to freedom. Constellation Theater has won hearts, minds, and not just a few coveted Helen Hayes awards its gem-like work making musicals and epic theater in miniature scale but no less powerful.

Per the review by John Stoltenberg in DCMetro Arts: “What makes Constellation’s show soar is its opulence of talent. Up close in small at Source, performed with artistry and affinity, it just couldn’t feel any better.”

Please contribute your own thoughts. Here are some questions to ponder and comment on:

1. For you, what important themes of the work were explored? Is it a personal or political story? What drove the development of the story?
2. How does the work help you better understand themes and intent of the original “Aida” by Verdi?
3. How does the work show the arc of character development. What evidence of this development did you see? Did the characters as performed/developed convince you?
4. How did the music move the story along?
5. How did the set design and lighting work in this space? Were there any details that you particularly enjoyed?
6. What aspects detracted from the story? Was your experience of the show compelling?

 

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