Aida [Orignal Broadway Cast]

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Barnes & Noble - David Cohen
Elton John's sophomore stage show, Aida, is the follow-up to the knighted composer's Lion King, the innovative and critically lauded musical that's currently the crown jewel of the Disney juggernaut continuing to redefine Broadway. An adaptation of the myth that inspired Verdi's timeless opera, Aida is a torrid tale of destiny, duty, and forbidden love set among Egypt's ancient pyramids. Exotic locations and sensual orchestrations provide a grand backdrop for Sir Elton's luscious, pomegranate-ripe melodies, and Tim Rice's passionate lyrics. The brilliant original cast features Heather Headley, who sizzles in her Tony-nominated performance as the captive Nubian princess ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David Cohen
Elton John's sophomore stage show, Aida, is the follow-up to the knighted composer's Lion King, the innovative and critically lauded musical that's currently the crown jewel of the Disney juggernaut continuing to redefine Broadway. An adaptation of the myth that inspired Verdi's timeless opera, Aida is a torrid tale of destiny, duty, and forbidden love set among Egypt's ancient pyramids. Exotic locations and sensual orchestrations provide a grand backdrop for Sir Elton's luscious, pomegranate-ripe melodies, and Tim Rice's passionate lyrics. The brilliant original cast features Heather Headley, who sizzles in her Tony-nominated performance as the captive Nubian princess in love with the conqueror, Radames, played by Adam Pascal, a matinee idol known for his recent role as Roger in the original cast of Rent. The stars generate enough heat to pump life into a mummy on "Not Me," "Elaborate Lives," "My Strongest Suit," and "Like Father, Like Son." With Aida, the former Captain Fantastic completes his amazing transformation from pop star to King of the Great White Way.
All Music Guide - Heather Phares
The original cast recording of Elton John and Tim Rice's Aida features the vocal talent of Heather Headley, Adam Pascal, and Sherie Rene Scott. Unlike the Aida album John released with guest stars like LeAnn Rimes and Sting, the cast recording presents a much more majestic and unified vision of Rice and John's adaptation of Verdi's opera. Songs like "Every Story Is a Love Story," "Fortune Favors the Brave," "Enchantment Passing Through," and "I Know the Truth" prove that Aida's home is truly the stage.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/6/2000
  • Label: Walt Disney Records
  • UPC: 050086067176
  • Catalog Number: 860671
  • Sales rank: 12,258

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Adam Pascal Track Performer
Sherie René Scott Track Performer
Heather Headley Track Performer
Damian Perkins Track Performer
John Hickok Track Performer
Schele Williams Track Performer
Technical Credits
Guy Babylon Arranger, Producer, Orchestration, Musical Director
Frank Filipetti Producer, Engineer
Steve Gustafson Dance Arrangement
Ted Jensen Mastering
Steve Margoshes Orchestration
Chris Montan Producer
Paul Bogaev Arranger, Producer, Orchestration, Vocal Arrangements, Musical Director, Music Direction
James Abbott Dance Arrangement
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  • Posted September 12, 2014

    I love this sound track. I very much use reviews to decide if I

    I love this sound track. I very much use reviews to decide if I want to buy something and so far there is only 1 1star review, and I dont know what their problem is. But the reviews speak for themselves.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    awesome!

    This is one of my favorite soundtracks of all time! It is definitely worth your money!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Aida Is Full Of Enchantment And Soul!

    Aida is probably the most beautiful love story there is (besides Beauty and the Beast). With a score filled with pop songs, soaring solos, and powerful love ballads, no music could have been composed better. In her Broadway debut, Heather Hedley's Tony Award winning performance as Aida is brilliant and nobody else could have been better. Adam Pascal does a great job as Radames(although I think his voice is suited for shows like Rent, where he playe Roger). I absolutely love Sherie Renee Scott as Princess Amneris. She is one of the best actresses on Broadway (and what a voice she has! WOW!) Anybody who loves musicals should have this CD. It is a wonderful show and a must have.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    AIDA - My Favorite Musical !

    What a great album. My school performed it in 2007, I absolutely loved it. After the interest meeting, I immediately bought some songs from the album. Then, I bought the CD and listened to album all the time. If you love musicals, this one is for you!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Pleasant

    This is definitely a nice show. Some songs truly excelled and complimented the voices of the actors, like "My Strongest Suit", which showed off Sherie Rene Scott's powerful voice, "How I Know You", which made Damian Perkins's voice sound so sweet, and "Elaborate Lives", which was an unusually...intelligent love ballad and showed that Adam Pascal deserved all of the hype. However, this is not the best show. The story jumps about, and it is hard to keep track of. Some songs just fell short. "Radames' Letter" "by the way, that should be "Radames's", since there should be an "s" after the apostrophe unless the noun is plural and ends in "s"", "The Past is Another Land", "The Gods Love Nubia", and many others are cheesy and unimpressive, and all together it was fairly boring. I would not deem this as a good show with some bad qualities, but a bad show with some good qualities. Those good qualities were often outstanding "Sherie's voice was so perfect for the role: sweet and innocent, but with a certain strength", but in the end, I felt unfinished. You should get this CD, but it will not be excellent, but...pleasant.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    White oak middle school in silver spring md did AIDA !!!!

    yes unbelieveable but we pulled it off! with standing ovations! yall dont understand this play waz HOT! the orginal was fantastic and ours was right there next to it. i love aida and our cast 1 and 2 realy pulled it out go ashley(aida),nia(amneris),sean(radames),becky( aida),leah(amneris) yall really did great! loved everything about it !!!!! maybe call whiteoak and ask for miss abdul-rahim she may let u see the play youll be amazed!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    OVERRATED

    This album sucks big time! It sounds like some cheesy unoriginal 70's pop album. Adam Pascal is very out of place on this album- He needs to stay in rock musicals. Don't waste your money on this! The performers are poor and the songs are dumb and unoriginal. Overall, very silly, cheesy, and overrated.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The best musical ever invented

    this is the best musical ever. i would recommend this to anyone who likes romantic musicals and different styles of music. It is Elton John's best work.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Absolutely Heavenly

    This was terrific! I saw the musical on Broadway and immediately fell in love with it. The sets were amazing, the music, astounding. Whenever I listen to this CD I close my eyes and I'm there again, in those awesome orchestra seats, watching it, all over again. Every song is tuned to perfection. Love love love! Tis a pity it's going off broadway so soon...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Amazing from the very first note to the last

    It was Amazing when my father took me to see it in New York while i was auditioning to Juilliard. It is just the most amazing show i have ever seen. I fell in love with the music 2 years before then saw it and LOVED it even more. GREAT. i would recommend this CD to anyone who wants to know what broadway is all about.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The best musical currently on broadway!

    I saw the show in New York with my sister front row center, thanks to 1/2 price student rush, and fell in love with it. I was captivated by the amount of emotion and heart put into the singing and performance by the actors and actresses and could not tare my eyes away from the stage! Every element, from lighting to costume design was perfect! As soon as the show was done I went straight to the music store next door to buy the CD.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Standing Ovation!

    I had a chance to see Aida in New York on a school trip. It was amazing! At the end everyone in the audience gave the cast a standing ovation.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The BEST Soundtrack in the WORLD!

    I have never loved a cd as much as this one - and I didnt even see it live to love it! Adam Pascal and Heather Headley have THE MOST AMAZING VOICES EVER! I love Adam Pascal!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Not exactuly the opera; but this show has a spirit of its own.

    Aida, the musical, is based on Verdi¿s opera Aida. I have no idea how the story in the musical, which came out in the last decade, differs from the opera (which dates back to 1871). I know that the basic story line is the same; but I¿ve never seen or listened to the opera, so, while I know that John and Rice must have made some changes to the story, I don¿t know how big they are or where they occur. The story of the musical, to be very brief, is about a young woman, Aida (played, on Broadway, by Heather Headley), a Nubian princess who has been captured and become an Egyptian slave, who falls in love with Radames (played by Adam Pascal), who, ironically, is actually the army officer who enslaved her. He loves Aida back, but he¿s engaged to marry Amneris (Sherie René Scott), the only child of Egypt¿s dying Pharaoh. After Aida tries to run away from Egypt back to Nubia (where she can organize how to free the other Nubian slaves in Egypt) and fails, she and Radames, who was assisting her, are sentenced to death by the Pharaoh. Amneris exercises her authority, as the future Pharaoh, to at least allow the two of them die together in a tomb. The musical ends with two people, who look like Aida and Radames, and are played by the same actors, meeting each other in a modern museum, under the watchful eye of Amneris¿ mummy. It is hinted that these are Aida¿s and Radames¿ spirits, united at last. The story is tragic and, at the ending (in the museum part), a little odd, in my opinion; but I adore this musical. It¿s funny how much I like it, because the lyrics are at times a little slapstick (Another Pyramid), grammatically off (Not Me), goofy (My Strongest Suit), and trite (A Step Too Far). But they are also powerful (The Gods Love Nubia). I can¿t help loving the music, since I¿m a great Elton John fan. It¿s upbeat in places and soaring in others. I enjoy dancing to the songs and humming their tunes. I think my overall favorite track on the CD is The Gods Love Nubia. The lyrics are beautiful and the music is also, with its crescendos/decrescendos, and Headley¿s mellow, expressive, and just plain gorgeous voice singing lead. The song begins with her singing a cappella, although she is soon joined by background vocals, and then by instrumentals. The song is poignant and gorgeous at the same time, and the lyrics, which are metaphorical and descriptive, really appeal to me. If you like a mix of soft rock music with a delightfully passionate twist, beautiful vocals, a modernized story line set in Ancient Egypt, and don¿t mind lyrics that are, at times, only slightly second-rate, then I recommend that you find a recording of this CD. Headley¿s voice alone makes it a winner.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Brilliant!!! You can't go wrong!

    This soundtract is for everyone. If you love the theatre, it is a must have. The voices of all are simply mesmorizing. With the soundtract, you are brought back to the stage production time and time again! Adam Pascal, Heather Headley and Sherie Scott make magic. Buy it!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Feel the Heat

    Listening to Heather Headley and Adam Pascal sing touches the very bottom of one's heart and soul. The passion in their voices can only be matched by the passion they exhibit on stage together. If the soundtrack excites you, then seeing these two live on stage is a must! Listeners and viewers become so involved with these two that they want to become them. The only aspect missing from this recording is the orchestration for the dance sequences within the show.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This is the most moving music I have ever experienced!

    This musical has already been dubbed to my hall of fame, and Heather Headly and Sherrie Rene Scott rein at the top of that personal h.o.f. of mine. I have never found myself so emotionally involved in a performance of any sort since the likes of Les Miserables. May I recommend booking a seat in the Palace theater on Broadway immediately for the musical genius of Elton John and the touching lyrics of Tim Rice. You won't regret it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    It's all about Heather

    This album truely does justice to the show, but as good as it is, get out and see it on stage. I've seen it 4 times, and every time it just gets better and better. All three leads are fantastic, but the show is all about Heather.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Enchantment Passing Through

    This CD will elave you absolutely enchanted not only by the stunning music, but th incredible voices of the actors! This is my Favorite broadway soundtrack!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Stunning!

    I saw Aida 5 days before it opened and not only was I blown away, so was the rest of the audience! An Elton fan since I was knee high, his influence was very evident. I am so happy the CD captures the strong & captivating performances by the 3 leads. Even without seeing the show-this is a great collection of music...but you gotta see the show, too!!

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