17 Feb 2004
Deborah Cox will step into the title role of Aida Feb. 17. Cox replaces another pop singer, Michelle Williams, who just concluded her run as the Nubian princess.
Cox will play a four-month engagement in the Elton John-Tim Rice musical through June 13. Her co-stars include Will Chase as Radames, Lisa Brescia as Amneris and Micky Dolenz as Zoser. Aida marks Cox's Broadway debut.
Born in 1973, Cox began her professional career at the age of 12, playing small Toronto clubs before attending a performing arts school. She later signed with Arista Records, and her first single, "Sentimental," was released in 1995. Her second single, "Who Do U Love?," sold over 500,000 copies. Cox's recording of "Nobody's Supposed to Be Here" from her album "One Wish" topped the R&B charts for 14 weeks. She also had another Top 10 hit with "We Can't Be Friends." She currently holds the No. 1 Billboard Dance position with her remake of Phil Collins' "Something Happened on the Way to Heaven."
Aida 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 musical plays the Palace Theatre — Broadway and 47th Street — and tickets are available by calling the Disney hotline, (212) 307-4747. For more information about Aida, go to www.DisneyOnBroadway.com.
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