By Michael Gioia
07 Apr 2012
|Photo by Joan Marcus|
Crime: Radames — captain of the Egyptian army and fiancé of Amneris, the Pharaoh's daughter — is expected to succeed the Pharaoh and take over the Egyptian throne. Zoser, the power-hungry father of Radames, attempts to speed up the process by poisoning the Pharaoh. Things are going according to plan until Aida, the Nubian princess, finds her way into the heart of Radames. With their love standing in the way of Radames' ascension to power, Zoser must have her killed.
Onstage: The role of Zoser was created by John Hickok in the Broadway musical, which opened at the Palace Theatre March 23, 2000. In the musical, Hickok was joined by Rent Tony nominee Adam Pascal as his onstage son, Radames, and Heather Headley, who took home the Tony for her performance in the title role.
Musical Numbers: Zoser is given two rock ballads in the musical, which features a score by Elton John and Tim Rice. His first act number, in which he prepares Radames for the throne, is entitled "Another Pyramid"; when things go awry in the second act, he tells Radames that he must be "Like Father, Like Son."