By Andrew Gans
30 Jun 2003
Braxton will play the title role in the Disney musical, which also welcomes two new stars that day: Will Chase as Radames, the Egyptian captain in love with the Nubian princess; and Mandy Gonzalez as Amneris. Those roles were recently vacated by Simone (Aida), Adam Pascal (Radames) and Felicia Finley (Amneris).
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.