The musical, which is loosely based on the Verdi opera, officially opened on Broadway on March 23, 2000, with a cast that included Adam Pascal as Radames, Sherie René Scott — who recently appeared Off-Broadway in Debbie Does Dallas — as Amneris and Tony winner Heather Headley in the title role. Former Renter Adam Pascal continues in his role opposite Simone's Aida and Felicia Finely's Amneris. (Will Chase, who recently starred in The Full Monty, will replace Pascal in June. Chase's official website revealed the news, although a spokesperson for Aida was unable to confirm the casting at this time.) The musical — boasting such songs as "My Strongest Suit," "Elaborate Lives," "The Gods Love Nubia," "Written in the Stars" and "Every Story Is a Love Story" — tells the story of a love triangle between Aida, Amneris and Radames. As of March 23, it will have played 1,245 performances on Broadway.
Aida — at the Palace Theatre — features a book by Linda Woolverton, Robert Falls and David Henry Hwang, sets and costumes by Bob Crowley, lighting by Natasha Katz, choreography by Wayne Cilento and direction by Robert Falls. The Palace Theatre is located at Broadway and 47th Street, and tickets are available by calling the Disney hotline, (212) 307-4747. A Dutch language production of Aida opened in Amsterdam in the fall of 2001, and a touring company is currently making its way across the country. For more information, go to www.DisneyOnBroadway.com.