Project Description

AIDA (Broadway)

Elton John & Tim Rice’s AIDA (Broadway)

The Broadway production of Elton John & Tim Rice’s AIDA with music by Elton John, lyrics by Tim Rice, and book by Linda Woolverton, Robert Falls, and David Henry Hwang based on the opera by Giuseppe Verdi opened at the Palace Theatre on March 23, 2000 and ran a total of 1,852 performances until September 5, 2004 with a total attendance of 2,714,193 patrons and grossing a total of USD $165,928,398.00.

Produced by Hyperion Theatricals (under the direction of Peter Schneider and Thomas Schumacher); Associate Producer: Marshall B. Purdy.  Originally developed at The Alliance Theatre Company.

Directed by Robert Falls; Choreographed by Wayne Cilento; Scenic & Costume Design by Bob Crowley; Lighting Design by Natasha Katz; Sound Design by Steve Canyon Kennedy; Hair Design by David Brian Brown; Make-Up Design by Naomi Donne; Music Produced and Musical Direction by Paul Bogaev; Music arranged by Paul Bogaev and Guy Babylon; Music orchestrated by Steve Margoshes, Guy Babylon and Paul Bogaev; Dance arrangements by Bob Gustafson, Jim Abbott and Gary Seligson.

Starring Heather Headley (Aida, Feb 25, 2000 – Sep 09, 2001), Adam Pascal (Radames, Feb 25, 2000 – Jun 15, 2003), Sherie Rene Scott (Amneris, Feb 25, 2000 – Feb 25, 2001), Tyrees Allen (Amonasro), John Hickok (Zoser), Daniel Oreskes (Pharaoh), Damian Perkins (Mereb), Robert M. Armitage (Ensemble), Troy Allen Burgess (Ensemble), Franne Calma (Ensemble), Bob Gaynor (Ensemble), Kisha Howard (Ensemble), Tim Hunter (Ensemble), Youn Kim (Ensemble), Kyra Little (Ensemble), Kenya Unique Massey (Ensemble), Corinne McFadden (Ensemble), Phineas Newborn III (Ensemble), Jody Ripplinger (Ensemble), Raymond Rodriguez (Ensemble), Eric Sciotto (Ensemble), Samuel N. Thiam (Ensemble), Jerald Vincent (Ensemble), Schele Williams (Nehebka, Ensemble) and Natalia Zisa (Ensemble).

Swings: Chris Payne Dupré, Kelli Fournier, Timothy Edward Smith and Endalyn Taylor-Shellman

Standby: Neal Benari (Zoser, Pharaoh) and Thursday Farrar (Aida)

Understudies: Robert M. Armitage (Pharaoh), Troy Allen Burgess (Zoser), Franne Calma (Amneris), Kelli Fournier (Amneris), Bob Gaynor (Radames), Tim Hunter (Mereb), Kyra Little (Nehebka), Phineas Newborn III (Mereb), Raymond Rodriguez (Radames), Eric Sciotto (Radames), Endalyn Taylor-Shellman (Nehebka), Samuel N. Thiam (Amonasro), Jerald Vincent (Amonasro) and Schele Williams (Aida)

Replacements in the role of Princess Aida included: Maya Days (Sep 13, 2001 – Jan 27, 2002 and again Aug 18, 2002 – Sep 01, 2002), Simone (Jan 29, 2002 – Jun 15, 2003), Saycon Sengbloh (Jun 17, 2003 – Jun 29, 2003), Toni Braxton(Jun 30, 2003 – Nov 16, 2003), Michelle T. Williams (Nov 11, 2003 – Feb 15, 2004), Deborah Cox (Feb 17, 2004 – Sep 05, 2004) and Merle Dandridge (Played the role on Broadway for 3 performances while touring).

Replacements in the role of Radames included: William Robert Gaynor (June/July 2002), Patrick Cassidy (During Adam Pascal’s sick leave Jun 25, 2002 – Jun 30, 2002), Matt Bogart (While Adam Pascal was on vacation (in October 2002), Richard H. Blake (Jun 17, 2003 – Jun 29, 2003), Will Chase (Radames , Jun 30, 2003 – Jun 27, 2004) and the return of Adam Pascal (Jun 28, 2004 – Sep 05, 2004).

Replacements in the role of Amneris included: Taylor Dayne(Feb 27, 2001 – Sep 08, 2001), Idina Menzel (Sep 13, 2001 – Jan 27, 2002), Felicia Finley (Jan 29, 2002 – Jun 29, 2003), Lisa Brescia (Jan 2003); Mandy Gonzalez (Jun 30, 2003 – Jan 04, 2004) and Jessica Hendy. 

Other replacements included Graeme Malcolm (Pharaoh), Tom Nelis (Pharaoh), Donnie Kehr (Zoser, 2003 – Jan 04, 2004), Micky Dolenz (Zoser, Jan 06, 2004 – Sep 05, 2004), Robert Jason Jackson (Amonasro), Eric LaJuan Summers (Mereb), Nikki Delisco (Mereb), Melodye Perry (Nehebka), Renée Daniels (Nehebka, Ensemble), Terra Lynn Arrington (Ensemble), Afi Bryant (Ensemble), Ben Cameron (Ensemble), Tim Craskey (Ensemble), Anika Ellis (Ensemble), Steve Geary (Ensemble), Rhett G. George (Ensemble), Mandy Gonzalez (Ensemble), Darrell Grand Moultrie (Ensemble), Ashley Amber Haase (Ensemble, May 2000 – Jun 2004), John Jacquet, Jr. (Ensemble), Mahi Kekumu (Ensemble), Grasan Kingsberry (Ensemble, May 23, 2003 – Jun 20, 2004), Nina Lafarga (Ensemble), Noa Nevé (Ensemble), Karine Newborn (Ensemble), Keenah Reid (Ensemble), Alice Rietveld (Ensemble), Chuck Saculla (Ensemble), Solange Sandy (Ensemble), Michael Serapiglia (Ensemble), Slam (Ensemble), Lori Ann Strunk (Ensemble) and Brooke Wendle (Ensemble).

Replacement Swings: Sylvia Aruj, Darrell Grand Moultrie, Ashley Amber Haase, Regi Jennings, Krisha Marcano, Koh Mochizuki, Jody Ripplinger, Martin Samuel and Derrick Williams.

Replacement Standby: Richard H. Blake (Radames), Matt Bogart (Radames), Lisa Brescia (Amneris), Jeb Brown (Zoser, Pharaoh), Will Chase (Radames), Mandy Gonzalez (Amneris), Jessica Hendy (Amneris), Cheyenne Jackson (Radames), Todd Alan Johnson (Zoser, Pharaoh), Darcie Roberts (Amneris), Saycon Sengbloh (Aida) and Schele Williams (Aida).

Replacement Understudies: Afi Bryant (Nehebka), Nikki Renée Daniels (Aida), Anika Ellis (Aida, Nehebka), William Robert Gaynor (Pharaoh), Rhett G. George (Mereb), Darrell Grand Moultrie (Mereb), James Harkness (Amonasro), Mahi Kekumu (Mereb), Grasan Kingsberry (Amonasro), Krisha Marcano (Nehebka), Raymond Rodriguez (Amonasro, Zoser), Chuck Saculla (Pharaoh, Radames), Lori Ann Strunk (Amneris) and Derrick Williams (Amonasro).

Associate Director: Keith Batten; Associate Choreographer: Tracey Langran Corea; Assistant Director: Hilary Adams; Associate Scenic Design: Ted LeFevre; Scenic Design Assistant: Mike Britton and Dan Kuchar; Associate Costume Design: Scott Traugott; Costume Design Assistant: Cory Ching, Rick Conway, Angela M. Kahler and Brian Russman; Associate Lighting Design: Edward Pierce; Lighting Design Assistant: Karen Spahn; Assistant to Lighting Designer: Richard Swan; Automated Lighting Programmer: Aland Henderson; Automated Lighting Tracker: A. Cameron Zetty; Associate Sound Design: John Shivers; Sound Design Assistant: Jennifer Morris and Lisa Shriver; Hair Design Assistant: Leslie Evers; Make-up Design Assistant: Richard Dean

Company Manager: Michael Sanfilippo later Lizbeth Cone (Apr 08, 2000 – Jun 14, 2000), Dave Ehle (Jun 15, 2000 – May 05, 2002), and Lisa Koch Rao (from May 05, 2002); Project Manager: Ken Silverman later Lizbeth Cone; General Manager: Alan Levey; Assistant Company Manager: Lisa Koch Rao later Charlissa Jackson.

Production Supervisor: Clifford Schwartz; Technical Supervisor: Theatersmith, Inc.; Production Stage Manager: Clifford Schwartz later Paul J. Smith; Stage Manager: Paul J. Smith later Lois Griffing; Assistant Stage Manager: Caroline Ranald Curvan and Valerie Lau-Kee Lai; Prop Coordinator: Denise J. Grillo; Prop Assistant: Rebecca Haskins & Rashida Poole andAssociate Special Effects: Bill McComb.

Development Casting: Jay Binder; Casting: Bernard Telsey Casting, Inc.; Assistant to the Associate Producer: Lisa Edwards; Fight