The new production, updated and re-imagined, retains the Tony- and Grammy-winning score and features a book revised by Tony Award winner David Henry Hwang, who co-authored the original production with Linda Woolverton and Robert Falls.
“Aida is in my DNA in ways I had never imagined until I began the journey for this production,” said Schele Williams, in a statement. “I have a rich history with the show that I am very proud of, but when I recently made some discoveries about the history of its time period, the show broke open for me. It truly is the butterfly effect; subtle shifts have taken a story I love and turned it into an adventure I can’t wait for audiences to discover. David Henry Hwang has crafted a book that truly shapes this journey and Elton John and Tim Rice’s score is the glorious foundation we have built upon.”
Aida, which opened at the Palace Theatre in March 2000, went on to become one of the biggest hits of its decade, closing on Broadway in September 2004 after nearly two thousand performances. It received five Tony nominations, winning for Best Original Musical Score, Best Scenic Design, Best Lighting Design and Best Actress in a Musical for Heather Headley. A tour played 53 North American cities from 2001 to 2003.