As previously reported, Maya Days and Idina Menzel will soon end their three-month stints as Aida and Amneris, respectively, in the Broadway musical Aida, playing at the Palace Theatre. Beginning Jan. 29, Simone [sic] will step into the role of Aida, and recent Forbidden Broadway alum Felicia Finley will become the new Amneris. Simone is currently playing the title role on the road. Adam Pascal remains with the show, playing royal hunk and Amneris' love interest, Radames.
A day after Dayne's last performance, on Sept. 9, the original Aida herself, Heather Headley, exited the long-running musical. Maya Days will take her place. The cast changes leave Pascal as the only one of the three original leads still with the production.
Since Rent, Menzel has belted her way through parts in Andrew Lippa's The Wild Party and a pre-New York staging of Summer of '42, as well as playing assorted gigs at Joe's Pub in lower Manhattan. She will perform with the Aida cast at this weekend's "Broadway on Broadway" concert in Times Square.
Aida, by librettists Linda Woolverton, Robert Falls and David Henry Hwang, composer Elton John and lyricist Tim Rice, opened at the Palace Theatre March 23, 2000, becoming Disney's third Broadway musical and its first not based on an existing animated movie. Robert Falls directed.
For tickets and information on Aida at the Palace call (212) 307 4747.