Nikki Renee Daniels and Michael Hunsaker to Star in Artpark’s Aida

News   Nikki Renee Daniels and Michael Hunsaker to Star in Artpark’s Aida The award-winning Disney musical Aida, which features a score by Elton John and Tim Rice, will be presented at Artpark in Lewiston, NY, Aug. 9-19.
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Nikki Renee Daniels, who covered the role of Fantine in the current Broadway revival of Les Misérables, will head the cast in the title role. She will be joined onstage by Michael Hunsaker (national tours of Ragtime and Chess) as Radames and Jacqueline Bayne (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels) as Amneris. The cast will also feature David Weitzer as Zoser, Kevin McAllister as Mereb, David Oliver as Pharaoh, Christina Sajous as Nehebka and Willie Judson, Jr. as Amonasro.

The ensemble will comprise Steven Baker, Todd Beasley, Jason Bravo, Enrique Cruz DeJesus, Dionne Eleby, Keith Ersing, Paschal Frisina III, Abeku Bomani Hayes, Christopher Howard, Kelly Jakiel, Adrienne Lewis, Eliza Hayes Maher, Nicole Marrale Cimato, Immanuel Naylor, Ashlea Nicole Potts, Jinah Parker, Victoria Perez, Angelo Rios and Watkins C. Smith, Jr.

Randy Kramer will direct Aida, which will feature choreography by Lynne Kurdziel-Formato and musical direction by Michael Hake. Set design is by Eric Appleton.

In a statement Artpark President George Osborne said, "The Artpark & Company board of directors came to a consensus that this was going to be the year to make a 'splash' with regards to Artpark's theatrical programming. We are continually striving to regain the level of excellence that Artpark's Broadway musicals were once reputed for, and we are extremely confident that this show will do just that."

Aida features a score by Elton John and Tim Rice and a book by Linda Woolverton, Robert Falls and David Henry Hwang. The musical, according to press notes, is described as such: "An Egyptian captain named Radames finds himself enamored of a captured African princess named Aida. To spare her from a life of hard labor, Radames gives Aida as a handmaiden to his future bride, the Egyptian princess Amneris. Though Aida's true identity as an African princess remains a secret, she forms a deep friendship with Amneris. At the same time, Radames falls in love with the African servant. Aida finds herself torn between her duty to her countrymen, her impossible love for Radames, and her growing friendship with Amneris. . . . [The musical] is the complex saga of three people forced to make choices that will change their lives and alter the course of history."

Show times are Aug. 9, 10 and 11 at 8 PM, Aug. 12 at 2 PM, Aug. 16 at 2 and 8 PM, Aug. 17 and 18 at 8 PM and Aug. 19 at 2 PM.

For ticket information call (716) 754-4375 or visit www.tickets.com.

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