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-->"''This is a story of a love that flourished in a time of hate''
-->''Of lovers no tyranny could separate"''
---> - Amneris, "Every Story is a Love Story."

''Aida'' is a [[TheMusical musical]] based on Verdi's opera of the same name, with music by [[Disney/TheLionKing Elton John]] and lyrics by TimRice. It premiered on Broadway in 2000, garnering five Tony Award nominations, of which it won all but one, including Best Original Score and Best Actress in a Musical (Heather Headley as Aida).

The title character, Aida, is the {{Princess}} of Nubia. Her country has been invaded by the neighboring Egyptians, and their captain, Radames, captures her with a groups of women, and not recognizing her, brings them back to Egypt. Aida becomes a slave to Egyptian {{Princess}} Amneris, who is [[ArrangedMarriage betrothed]] to Radames. Another slave in the palace, Mereb, recognizes Aida and reveals her to the other captives, who beg her to lead them to freedom. Aida tries to deal with her feelings for Radames when she hears her father has been captured.

Rumours of it being filmed by Disney circulated in 2007, with Beyonce Knowles as Aida and Christina Aguilera as Amneris, but nothing more has ever been announced. Since the film was supposed to release in 2010 and hasn't started production, it's likely that it got swallowed up in DevelopmentHell.

As for the opera it's based on, the story is slightly different: Radames, an officer in the Egyptian army, wants to become the commander of the invasion of Nubia, so that he may request to marry his beloved Aida, a slave of the pharaoh's daughter Amneris. He doesn't know that Amneris is in love with him, or that Aida is the daughter of the Nubian king. Suspecting something between them, Amneris deceives Aida into revealing her love for Radames by claiming he died in the campaign against Nubia. Radames gets his wish and defeats Nubia, bringing in many hostages, including Aida's father. Seeing Aida's anguish, Radames uses up his one wish from the pharaoh to free the Nubian slaves instead of asking for Aida's hand, and the pharaoh publicly engages him to Amneris.

While attempting to meet Radames at a temple before the wedding proceeds, Aida is blackmailed by her father to get Radames to reveal where the Egyptian army will be passing through on its way to defeat the rebelling Nubians. Aida convinces Radames to run away with her and he tells her the secret of the army's route. Aida's father [[WhatAnIdiot chooses that moment to spring out of the bushes, announce that that's where they'll attack the Egyptians and reveal to Radames exactly who he is.]] Horrified, Radames refuses the chance to rule Nubia with Aida and surrenders to Amneris and the priests, who catch him as Aida and her father flee. He is condemned to be buried alive, but Aida sneaks into his tomb before it gets sealed, since she [[TearJerker cannot choose between her love and her homeland.]] The curtain falls as she dies.

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Includes examples of:
* ActionGirl: Aida herself has a ''lot'' of backbone and subdues a guard in an early scene. That said, the story isn't very action-oriented, so this aspect isn't very prominent. It's still nice to see, though.
* ArrangedMarriage: Amneris and Radames
* {{Bookends}}: "Every Story Is a Love Story", the people in the modern day museum.
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: The Nubian King escapes, at the cost of Mereb's life. Zoser is captured as a traitor, but so are Aida and Radames. A heartbroken Amneris, realizing she will soon lose everyone she has ever loved, allows Aida and Radames to be buried in the same tomb. The two die but Amneris learns from them and becomes a great and peaceful Pharaoh. Centuries later the reincarnations of Aida and Radames meet in a museum, as the spirit of Amneris looks on.]]
* ConceptAlbum: With contributions from Tina Turner, Lulu and Sting, amongst others.
* CosmicPlaything: Aida and Radames suspect they may be this in "Written in the Stars".
* CrowdSong: "Dance of the Robe", "The Gods Love Nubia"
* CutSong: ''The Messenger''. Can be found on the concept album.
* DarkReprise: "My Strongest Suit", "How I Know You" and "Elaborate Lives".
* DarkerAndEdgier: than most Disney musicals. HotterAndSexier too--the sight of a clearly post-coital Aida and Radames can be quite shocking.
** Yet still LighterAndSofter than the opera it's based on.
* {{Disneyfication}} - The one who suffers most from this is Amneris. In the opera, she's a ClingyJealousGirl who is rather ruthless to her rival in love, and they were only engaged initially because Radames had no other choice.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: The imprisoned and chained Aida is alone in a room with her captor. He says "You know what happens next" as he takes off his shirt... he then orders her to wash his back.
** A later scene (before they admit their love for each other) has them arguing and him demanding that she respect him. She snaps that he can't command her to show him affection, and he responds by outright telling her "I could have your "affection" right here if I wanted it."
* TheFashionista: Amneris, who even has a super fun IAmSong about it.
* FauxActionGirl: Maybe if Aida, who supposedly has skill with a sword, had done something during the climactic fight at the end, [[spoiler: Mereb wouldn't have died.]]
* FinalLoveDuet: "Written in the Stars" for Radames and Aida. Or, probably actually "Enchantment Passing Through (Reprise)" sung as the two lovers are [[spoiler: dying from deprivation of light and air whilst being buried alive for treason]].
* TheDitz: Amneris. She gets better.
* {{Ermine Cape Effect}}/{{Pimped Out Dress}}: Amneris is a walking fashion show, {{Lampshaded}} through Aida's contrasting rags
* TheHighQueen: Amneris becomes this at the end.
* IAmNotMyFather: Radames' lines in "Like Father Like Son" are all about this.
* IAmSong: "My Strongest Suit"
* IAmSpartacus: When Zoser's minions come to the slave quarters to find Aida, one of the slave girls quickly claims to be her, thus saving Aida's life while sacrificing her own.
* IWantSong: "Fortune Favors the Brave"
* LikeFatherLikeSon: Cleverly murdered in the song of the same name, as though Radames fails at turning it into a TheVillainSucksSong, it's not so much InTheBlood as Zoser thought.
* LoveAcrossBattlelines: Radames and Aida, obviously.
* LoveTriangle: Aida, Radames and Amneris. [[TriangRelations Mixture of 1 and 3]], though Radames is definitely not neutral toward either woman.
** The show makes it even more blatant by having a laser triangle light up behind the three while they sing "A Step Too Far" at the beginning of Act II.
* [[spoiler: ReincarnationRomance: At the end, Radames and Aida are reunited in the modern-day museum, having been reincarnated.]]
* RoyalBlood: Aida
* RhymingWithItself: What rhymes with 'build another pyramid'? How about 'build another pyramid'? Brilliant!
** "How I know you" rhymes with "yes I know you", "you don't know me", and "I don't know you".
** "Like father like son" rhymes with "Like father like son".
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: The whole premise of the reprise of "How I Know You".
* SexyDiscretionShot: Aida and Radames embrace passionately at the end of "Elaborate Lives". The scene fades to black. When it fades back in, they're lying in each others arms, with him shirtless and her dress now wrapped around her in ModestyBedsheet style.
* SinisterMinister: Though his role as "Chief Minister" is sometimes strictly political, Zoser, the only person in the show that can really be called a villain, is Egypt's high priest in most versions.
* SpontaneousChoreography: Zoser's ministers who are helping him [[spoiler: plot to kill the Pharoah so Zoser's son, Radames, can rule alongside [[{{ArrangedMarriage}} Amneris]]. Unbeknownst to Radames]]. They seem to be dancing perfectly in time, that must mean they are surely evil. See Radames and his soldiers' dancing (or lack of) in "Fortune Favors the Brave".
** Complete with CorruptChurch, as most of Zoser's cronies are in on his regicide plot.
* StarCrossedLovers: Hint: the two characters who sing a song together about how every force in the universe is colluding to keep them apart.
* StepfordSmiler: Aida as of "Dance Of The Robe".
** ''I know expectations are wild\\
And almost beyond my fulfilment\\
But they won't hear a word of doubt\\
Or see sign of a weakness.''
*** She does, however, state later on in "Easy As Life" that her duty will not let "a coward run".
** Also, Amneris
*** ''I feel better when beguiling/find that fashion keeps me smiling/but in my heart i know it's sad.../So I'll flutter to decieve/no, you must believe, that one day you'll find a different/a stronger suit.''
* StuntCasting: The casting of R&B stars such as Toni Braxton, Michelle Williams, and Deborah Cox, in the title role. Fantastic singing, but some found the acting to border on {{Narm}}.
* TenorBoy: Mereb
* VillainSong: "Another Pyramid"; though Zoser isn't the BigBad, he's clearly evil.
* VoiceoverLetter: Appropriately enough, "Radames' Letter."
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