Aida Finds Its Newest Leading Lady

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Deborah Cox will be the latest pop singer to step into the title role of Aida.

Cox's official website reports that the Canadian-born R&B singer will succeed Michelle Williams as Aida, beginning Feb. 17. A spokesperson for the Disney production was unable to confirm the casting. Born in 1973, Cox began her professional career at the age of 12, playing small Toronto clubs before attending a performing arts school. She later signed with Arista Records, and her first single, "Sentimental," was released in 1995. Her second single, "Who Do U Love?," sold over 500,000 copies. Cox's recording of "Nobody's Supposed to Be Here" from her album "One Wish" topped the R&B charts for 14 weeks. She also had another Top 10 hit with "We Can't Be Friends." Aida willl mark the singer's Broadway debut.

Aida 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 musical plays the Palace Theatre — Broadway and 47th Street — and tickets are available by calling the Disney hotline, (212) 307-4747. For more information about Aida, go to www.DisneyOnBroadway.com.

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