PROBLEM Talk about problematic. During the run of Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, hydraulic controls that drove a six-ton pyramid frequently broke down. When the show moved to Broadway in 2000, lighting designer Natasha Katz was the only member of the design team to stay with it. The Broadway run had problems, too. Initially, a tomb in Bob Crowley’s Tony-award winning set was lowered from above; after a performance, when it broke from its support and fell ...

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