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'Aida' makes Kalamazoo debut at Miller Auditorium

Oct. 4, 2006

KALAMAZOO--Based on the story from the classic Verdi opera, "Aida" is a new musical with Elton John's modern pop score. "'Aida' is not opera," says John. "It's truly a pop musical."

The North American touring production of Elton John and Tim Rice's "Aida," makes its Kalamazoo debut with three shows at Western Michigan University's Miller Auditorium. Performances are at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6, and at 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7.

Winner of four Tony Awards in 2000, "Aida" chronicles the love triangle involving Aida, a Nubian princess stolen from her country, Amneris, an Egyptian princess and Radames, the soldier they both love.

The score for "Aida" was hailed by Time Magazine as "filled with luscious melodies and soulful lyrics." The show produced a number of hit songs including "Written in the Stars," recorded by John and LeAnn Rimes, "Easy as Life," recorded by Tina Turner, "Elaborate Lives," "My Strongest Suit" and "The Gods Love Nubia."

Tickets for "Aida" range from $20 to $50 and are available by calling (269) 387-2300 or (800) 228-9858, online at www.millerauditorium.com or by visiting the Miller Auditorium Ticket Office or the Epic Center Box Office in downtown Kalamazoo. Groups of 20 or more should call (269) 387-2312 for special discounts.

Media contact: Thomas Cooper, (269) 387-2245, thomas.cooper@wmich.edu

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