On this date in 2000, Aida opened at the Palace Theatre in New York City.
The musical, which won a Tony Award for Best Score, was at the Palace for 54 months. It was once called Elaborate Lives: The Legend of Aida—and was Elton’s first attempt to write directly for the musical theatre stage. (His score for The Lion King was first heard in the hit screen version of that tale.)
For Aida, Elton teamed up with his Lion King collaborator Tim Rice.
Besides Best Score, Aida also won for Best Scenic Design and Best Lighting Design, while Heather Headley received a Tony for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical.