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Pittsburgh CLO's 'Aida' musical stands out

| Wednesday, July 20, 2016, 9:00 p.m.
Emmy Raver-Lampman as Aida in “Elton John & Tim Rice’s Aida” for Pittsburgh CLO
Pittsburgh CLO
Emmy Raver-Lampman as Aida in “Elton John & Tim Rice’s Aida” for Pittsburgh CLO
Mark Evans is Radames in PIttsburgh CLO's 'Elton John & Tim Rice’s Aida”
Pittsburgh CLO
Mark Evans is Radames in PIttsburgh CLO's 'Elton John & Tim Rice’s Aida”

“Aida” — the musical, not the opera — comes to the Ben‑edum Center from July 26 to 31 as a production of the Pittsburgh CLO.

In 2000, playwrights Linda Woolverton, Robert Falls and David Henry Hwang adapted Giuseppe Verdi's four-act opera into a Broadway musical with a score by composer Elton John and lyricist Tim Rice.

Now known as “Elton John & Tim Rice's Aida,” this lighter, more accessible version features a score of soaring ballads and grand ensemble numbers, which includes “Every Story Is a Love Story” and the Billboard hit “Written in the Stars.”

It begins as two present-day museum visitors are transported to ancient Egypt, where they are transformed into the star-crossed lovers — Aida, an enslaved Nubian princess, and Radames, the Egyptian soldier who is betrothed to the Pharaoh's daughter, Amneris.

As the love between Aida and Radames grows, Aida finds herself torn between her emotions and her duty to her country and its people.

The cast is headed by Emmy Raver-Lampman as Aida, Mark Evans as Radames and Kathryn Boswell as Amneris, all of whom are making their first appearances with CLO.

“Elton John & Tim Rice's Aida” runs July 26 to 31 with performances at 8 p.m. July 26 to 29, 2 and 8 p.m. July 30 and 2 and 7 p.m. July 31 at the Benedum Center, Downtown. Admission: $25.75-$80.75 Details: 412-456-6666 or

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