A spokesperson for the production confirmed the casting of the Disney musical’s three leads. Pop star Toni Braxton joins the company in the title role of the Elton John-Tim Rice musical, replacing Simone, who currently stars as the ill-fated princess. Simone departs the company June 15; her standby, Saycon Sengbloh, will play the role June 17-29.
Original cast member Adam Pascal will conclude his lengthy run as Radames June 15. From June 17-29, the role of the Egyptian Captain in love with the Nubian princess will be portrayed by standby Richard H. Blake, and Will Chase will officially step into the part June 30.
Grammy Award winner Toni Braxton made her Broadway debut as Belle in Beauty and the Beast. Her many solo recordings include “Toni Braxton” and “Secrets.” Will Chase has starred on Broadway in The Full Monty, Aida, Rent and Miss Saigon. His regional credits include roles in Assassins, Mame, Electra, Son of Fire, You’re Gonna Love Tomorrow and Trask & Fenn. Mandy Gonzalez recently starred as Sarah in Dance of the Vampires, which ended its run at the Minskoff Theatre Jan. 25. She also won an Obie Award for her work in the Off Broadway musical Eli's Comin'.
Aida — at the Palace Theatre — 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 Palace Theatre is located at Broadway and 47th Street, and tickets are available by calling the Disney hotline, (212) 307-4747. A Dutch language production of Aida opened in Amsterdam in the fall of 2001, and a touring company is currently making its way across the country.