For some of us dyed-in-the-Verdi types, the biggest hurdle to be overcome when facing the Elton John/Tim Rice musical “Aida” is: Why? I mean, what is the point of creating a pop/rock version of what is widely considered the grandest of grand operas?
Well, this second “Aida” may not hold a candle to Verdi’s original, but, as ArtsCentric demonstrates in its high-energy revival, it does have its effective points and messages, and, above all, its own, often very demonstrative voice.
A hit with audiences, if not all critics, when it opened on Broadway in 2000, the musical is hardly the last word on stylistic cohesion or cliche-aversion.
The basic plot, set in ancient Egypt,...