The national touring company of Disney's Aida has a berth for the holidays and it might feel a bit like home to the Egypt-set rock musical. The Elton John-Tim Rice tuner sits down among the palm trees and sunshine of Los Angeles for a run Nov. 7-Jan. 5, 2002 at the Ahmanson Theatre.
Aida's three leads are Simone as the titular slave, Patrick Cassidy as her captor and lover, and Kelli Fournier as his royal girlfriend, Amneris. Both Fournier and Simone have appeared in the Broadway Aida, while Cassidy most recently starred opposite Cheryl Ladd in the recent Annie Get Your Gun revival.
Disney's Buena Vista Theatrical Group is producing the tour. Aida began its tour at Minneapolis' Orpheum Theatre March 27-April 22, 2001. Upcoming dates include:
Jan. 16-20, 2002: Albuquerque, NM
Feb. 5-17: Cincinnati, OH
Feb. 19-March 10: Pittsburgh, PA
March 12-24: Cleveland, OH
March 27-April 14: Boston, MA
May 28-June 6: Hartford, CT
Aug. 20-Sept. 15: Chicago, IL
Feb. 25-March 2, 2003: Charlotte, NC Tickets in Los Angeles are available through Ticketmaster. The Ahmanson is on the web at http://www.taperahmanson.com.