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"How I Know You" - fr/ Elton John/Tim Rice musical AIDA

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Published on Sep 14, 2010

Christopher & Natasha performed "How I Know You", from the Elton John/Tim Rice musical AIDA, as a warm up to Broadway Live Broadway's production of the musical this fall in Grande Prairie, AB. Natasha stars as AIDA and Christopher as Merab. Below is a brief synopsis of the scene. Enjoy!

The Egyptian wing of a modern art museum, where a man and a woman touring the exhibit catch each other's eyes. Amneris, a female Pharaoh, comes to life and transports us to ancient Egypt, where Radames, Captain of the Egyptian army, is returning from an expedition through the land of Nubia, Egypt's long-time enemy (FORTUNE FAVOURS THE BRAVE). When his soldiers capture a group of Nubian women, he finds himself captivated by the fierce and majestic Aida (THE PAST IS ANOTHER LAND).

Brought to Egypt as a slave, Aida is saved from certain death in the copper mines by Radames, who sends her as a handmaiden to Princess Amneris, his betrothed. Radames' father, Prime Minister Zoser, greets his son with news that Pharaoh is dying and Radames must prepare to become the next ruler of Egypt (ANOTHER PYRAMID). Radames' Nubian servant, Mereb, is a young man who has learned the tricks of survival in Egypt. Delivering Aida to the palace, he recognizes her as the daughter of the Nubian King (HOW I KNOW YOU). She commands him to keep her identity secret , lest the Egyptians kill her.

Aida, Amneris and Radames now find themselves entangled in conflicted loyalties and emotions (A STEP TOO FAR). Aida and Mereb bribe their way into Amonsaro's prison cell, where she is reunited with her father. Mereb hatches a plan to escape with the King during the commotion of Amneris' wedding. To save her father and nation, Aida must betray the man she loves (EASY AS LIFE). Zoser discovers Radames' affair and warns his son that it could cost him the throne, but Radames no longer shares his father's ambitions (LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON). Zoser orders his men to find Aida and kill her.

At the Nubian camp, Aida receives an apology from Radames (RADAMES' LETETR) for the thoughtless way he acted upon hearing of Amonsaro's capture. When Egyptian soldiers arrive seeking Aida, Nehebka sacrifices herself so her Princess can live. Now even more determined to leave Radames forever, Aida goes to say good-bye to him over Mereb's objections (HOW I KNOW YOU - REPRISE). Radames informs Aida that he's calling off the wedding. She knows this would ruin her father's escape, and tells him he must go through with it (WRITTEN IN THE STARS). Radames agrees, on condition that she escape to freedom on a boat he will provide. The heartbroken lovers part, but Amneris has overheard their entire conversation and faces the fact that her upcoming marriage is a sham (I KNOW THE TRUTH). News of Amonsaro's escape disrupts Amneris' wedding.

Radames learns the truth of Aida's identity when he arrives at the docks just as she is about to board his boat with her father. In the chaos, Zoser slays Mereb and Radames makes possible Amonsaro's escape. Then he and Aida are arrested for treason. At the ensuing trial, Pharaoh sentences both Aida and Radames to be buried alive beneath the sands of Egypt. Amneris rises to her role as future Pharaoh by convincing her father to let the lovers die in the same tomb, an act of mercy for two people she has come to love. Facing death, Aida looks to Radames for strength (ELABORATE LIVES - REPRISE). As they are slowly deprived of light and air (ENCHANTMENT PASSING THROUGH), Radames swears he will search for a hundred lifetimes to find her again.

Back in the contemporary museum, the spirit of Amneris watches (EVERY STORY IS A LOVE STORY - REPRISE) as the modern man and woman are strangely drawn to one another. They are the reincarnations of Aida and Radames, finding in each other a new beginning.

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