Elton John Walks Out Of "Aida" Performance

Elton John, who last week won the Grammy Legend Award, apparently wasn't in such good spirits over the weekend, as he stormed out of a preview performance of Disney's new Broadway musical "Aida," which John helped score.

According to the "New York Post," John walked out of the Sunday matinee of "Aida" at Manhattan's Palace Theatre after only 15 minutes, reportedly upset at the rhythmic dance staging and techno-pop orchestration of two of the songs, "Another Pyramid" and "My Strongest Suit."

Despite Elton's exit act, a Disney spokesperson indicated to the paper that John planned on coming back and seeing the show next week, although it wasn't known if the show's producers planned to make any modifications to the two numbers.

Based upon the legends that spawned Verdi's 1871 opera, "Aida," Disney's new musical tells the story of a Nubian slave's romantic relationship with an Egyptian soldier, and was scored by John with lyrics by Tim Rice.

"Aida" opened

in Atlanta in September 1998, and then moved to Chicago for additional tweaking prior to its Broadway run, which is set to officially begin on March 23. The musical opened to preview audiences on Broadway on February 25.

In March 1999, John released an album of songs from the "Aida" musical featuring vocals from Sting, Boyz II Men, Shania Twain, and Kelly Price, among others (see "Spice Girls, Lenny Kravitz, Dru Hill Get Musical With Elton John").