Previews of Elton John's and Tim Rice's musical Elaborate Lives: The Legend of Aida opened at the Chicago Cadillac Palace Theatre on November 12, 1999.
But two lead actors, Heather Headley (who plays Aida), and Adam Pascal (Radames), were injured near the end of the play on November 13, 1999, when a cable snapped while they were hoisted in a box.
Their injuries were described as minor. Both actors released from hospital after a few hours. Performances resumed November 17, 1999. Aida will run in Chicago until January 9, 2000 then open on Broadway at New York's Palace Theater in March 2000.