Monday, October 11, 2010

Music Monday: Substitute Me, The Musical!

Okay, so recently during a long car ride, I was listening to the soundtrack of my favorite Broadway musical, Aida by Elton John and Tim Rice and I realized, gee, except for the location in Egypt and the like 1000 year time difference, the story line from Aida and Substitute Me is remarkably similar.

Here's a clip from the original cast of the Broadway Musical that kind of sums up the conflict in both stories. The clip comes from the song "Elaborate Lives."

Those of you who have read, Substitute Me, what do you think? Am I right? On so many levels?

And for people who could care less about the similarities between my first novel and a Broadway Musical, but love Meltingpot stories, please check out the Korean cast of AIDA, performing the same song.

(*Note, I have spent far too much time watching the Korean version of Aida this morning. It's truly amazing, especially the God's Love Nubia).

Happy Monday!



Waiting for Zufan! said...

Love the Korean version! Awesome.

Kiffe Coco said...

So on point! I just wanted to say that I just finished "Substitute Me" and it was such an enjoyable read. I could not put it down! I always feel such a connection to your writing, growing up in Brooklyn and spending a lot of time in Europe. It is like reading an element of myself in a way :) Love your work, Lori! I can't wait to read what's next!

Anonymous said...


I just found your blog and I wanted to leave you a comment...

I hope your book 'Substitute me' is historically accurate than the story of Aida.

I dislike Aida because its plot involves a fictitious Egyptian-Ethiopian war where the Egyptians win over the Ethiopians (which has never happened), and then, adding insult to injury, the captured and later enslaved Ethiopian princess falls in love with the military commander (which, I hope, would never happen if the princess has any pride and is not afflicted with stockholm syndrome). Isma'il Pasha, Khedive of Egypt, commissioned the opera - which may explain the historical inaccuracy in favor of Egypt.

LT said...

It is awesome isn't it.

Kiffe Coco,
Thank you so much!

Thanks for the history lesson. To be honest, I never thought the story was true, but I appreciate you setting the record straight. And yes, my book has been totally fact-checked and is as historically accurate as any work of fiction can be :) Thanks for visiting the Meltingpot.

Anonymous said...

That's Japanese not Korean.