Taylor Dayne, the 1980s pop diva, will be the new Amneris in Broadway's Aida on Feb. 27, a spokesperson for the show confirmed. She will replace the departing Sherie Rene Scott, who has been with the show since it debuted at Broadway's Palace on March 23, 2000, and before that in Atlanta and Chicago. Scott's last performance will be Feb. 25. Original stars Adam Pascal and Heather Headley remain with the musical.
The slinky, blonde-tressed Dayne dominated the pop charts in the late '80s and early '90s with such power ballads as "Tell It to My Heart," "Don't Rush Me," "Prove Your Love" and "I'll Be Your Shelter." By the mid-'90s, however, she had all but disappeared from view.
Disney has, in the past, cast pop stars in its Broadway musicals, Toni Braxton's tenure in Beauty and the Beast being the most notable example. Both Scott and Pascal have carried on double careers as actors and recording artists.
The national tour of Disney's new musical, Aida, will begin at Minneapolis' Orpheum Theatre March 27, 2001, for a run through April 22. The production will then stop in St. Louis, Seattle, Portland, OR, and Denver. Future stops and dates will be announced soon.
Disney may consider the Orpheum a lucky theatre for the company. The Lion King made a successful pre-Broadway stop there in 1997 before going on to triumph in New York.
After tryouts in Atlanta and Chicago, Elton John and Tim Rice's Aida opened on Broadway at the Palace Theatre on March 23. The NYC production features Adam Pascal, Heather Headley and Sherie Rene Scott and was nominated for five Tony Awards, including a nod for Headley, who won.
The tour schedule runs as follows:
• March 27-April 22, 2001: Minneapolis' Orpheum Theatre
• April 27-May 6: St. Louis' Fox Theatre
• May 12-27: Seattle's Paramount Theatre
• May 29-June 3: Portland, OR's Keller Auditorium
• June 6-24: Denver's Buell Theatre.