We can recite Romeo's and Juliet's lines by heart, and we've watched in tears as Tristan and Isolde meet their end (except during the shamelessly bad movie version with James Franco). But there's another timeless yet ill-fated couple that often goes overlooked.

We can recite Romeo's and Juliet's lines by heart, and we've watched in tears as Tristan and Isolde meet their end (except during the shamelessly bad movie version with James Franco). But there's another timeless yet ill-fated couple that often goes overlooked.

In Elton John and Tim Rice's musical "Aida," an Egyptian military commander named Radames falls in love with Aida, the captured princess of Nubia - Egypt's enemy. The nations' rivalry forces the couple to choose between parting ways or facing death.

"It is one of the most romantic, classic stories," said Jimmy Bohr, director of the OSU theater department's production of "Aida" in partnership with CAPA. The musical, with a cast of students from various OSU departments, is based on Giuseppe Verdi's opera of the same name.

"Aida" isn't a downer, though.

"Despite its seemingly tragic end, there's this wonderful sense of hope that true love never really dies," Bohr said. "It's that wonderful optimism that drives the story."

It also helps that Elton John's music is anything but gloomy. The play's musical styles span from pop rock to gospel to reggae.

"Of all of Elton John's theatrical scores, this is the best," Bohr said. "I love this music more than 'Lion King' - I know that's sacrilegious."