Elton John & Tim Rice’s AIDA (China Tour)
2008/2009 mainland China tour of the Big League Productions of Elton John & Tim Rice’s AIDA with a book by Linda Woolverton, Robert Falls and David Henry Hwang including routing, presenter negotiation, marketing, company management of 78 touring people and physical production logistics.
AIDA China tour cities included: Tianjin (rehearsal); Shanghai Majestic Theatre; Wuhan Theatre; Ningbo Grand Theatre; Hangzhou Grand Theatre; Xi’an Grand Theatre; Huhhot; Beijing and Tianjin.
AIDA was originally directed by Robert Falls and produced by Disney Theatrical Productions. Big League Theatricals, Inc. acquired the rights to create this touring production which was produced by Daniel Sher and presented in China by Nederlander Worldwide Entertainment LLC in association with Beijing Time New Century Entertainment Co. Ltd. dba in China as Beijing Nederlander New Century International Theater Management Co. Ltd. Executive Produced by Toby Simkin.
Directed by Daniel Stewart; Choreography by Sarita Allen; Set Design by Neil Patel, Costume Design by Emilio Sosa, Lighting Design by Charlie Morrison; Sound Design by Lucas J. Corrubia & Chris Walters; Musical Direction by Dan Bailey; Associate Director and Additional Staging by TJ Young and Associate Lighting by Jeremy L. Rolla.
Starring Casey Elliott, Marja Harmon & Leah Allers with Sophia Brion, Darío Calmese, Vincent D’Elia, Tramaine Montell Ford; Kristin Hamilton; Brian Levels, Kandyce Marie, Kenneth Porter Jr, Scott Praefke, Dan Rosenbaum, Michael Vergoth, David L. Walker and Toni Elizabeth White.
Production Managed by Varian Mattingly; Chinese Crew Leader: Wang Ning 王宁; Production Stage Managed by Jay McManigal; Stage Managed by Sydney Steele; Company Managed by Kit Yeung; Assistant to Mr. Simkin: Jones Yan 颜文勇; Lighting by Patrick Brennan; David Brooks & Joe Kuklis; Chinese Head Electrician: Larry Ma Quan Ling 马全令; Chinese Lighting: Xu Ai Dong 徐爱东; Chinese Followspot Operators: Pi Ai Min 皮爱民 & Liu Ya Qin 刘亚琴; Audio by Matthew Gibney & Timothy Riggs; Chinese Head Audio: Ma Quan Tong; Chinese Audio: Liu Fei 刘飞; Head Props by Randy Paun; Chinese Head Props: Hai Ming Gao 高海明; Carpenter: Jon Rodriguez; Chinese Head Carpenter: Shao Feng Li 邵凤立; Wardrobe Supervision by Heather Yerrick; Wardrobe by Kristina May; Chinese Rigger and Support: Chen Wen Da 陈文达 & Chen Wen Tao and Chinese Crew Translator: Ivy Luo & Liu Zhi Yong 刘志勇.
For Beijing Time New Century Entertainment Co. Ltd: Chairwomen: Jixin Chen; Government Support: Yang Yu Long; Chinese Production Support: Han Lim; Logistics Support: Wang Chen; Assistant Company Manager: Vivian Yang 杨翾; Marketing Manager: Devi Bengfort and for Nederlander Shanghai Representative Office: Chief Representative: Mark Ma
As Executive Producer & Senior Vice President of Nederlander Worldwide Entertainment LLC since 2000, a New York division of the Nederlander Organization charged with international development of theatrical markets, venues and shows.
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.