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Monday 13 January 2003 @ 7:59 - GMT

Casting has been announced for Elton John and Tim Rice's AIDA, Disney's Tony Award-winning musical love story to open in Nashville, according to the Manchester Times newspaper on January 10, 2003.

The latest blockbuster musical from Disney Theatrical ProductionsAIDA will premiere in Nashville as a part of the 2002-2003 AmSouth Bank Broadway Series at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center beginning January 22, 2003 for 2 weeks only.

"TPAC staff saw AIDA in New York and loved it. We jumped at the chance to bring this show to Nashville," said Kathleen O'Brien, TPAC's Executive Vice President for Sales and Customer Services.

"The Disney special effects, the multi-cultural cast, and the contemporary music give this tour broad appeal to audiences of all ages. We're looking forward to an unforgettable two-week run."

Saycon Sengbloh stars as Aida, a Nubian princess who falls in love with the Egyptian captain Radames. Saycon wowed audiences as Mimi in the National Tour of Rent and has been seen in numerous other regional productions.

Playing the Egyptian Captain who falls in love with AIDA is Jeremy Kushnier. Mr. Kushnier originated the role of Ren in the Broadway production of Footloose and has been seen as Roger in the National Tour of Rent.

Lisa Brescia stars as Amneris, the Egyptian princess betrothed to Captain Radames. Lisa was most recently sen on Broadway in the revival of Jesus Christ Superstar. Rounding out the cast is Eric L. Christian as Mereb, Robert Neary as Radames' father Zoser, and Peter Kapetan as the Pharoah.

Based on an ancient legend, Elton John and Tim Rice's AIDA is a musical love story bursting with contemporary energy that tells the story of two star-crossed lovers on the banks of the Nile. AIDA features new music and lyrics by Elton John and Tim Rice, their first effort since writing The Lion King together. The production, which received four 2000 Tony Awards, opened on Broadway at the Palace Theatre on March 23, 2000 and has been playing to capacity audiences ever since.

AIDA is directed by Robert Falls, and features a book by Linda Woolverton and Robert Falls & David Henry Hwang and is choreographed by Wayne Cilento.

The sets and costumes are by 2000 Tony Award-winner Bob Crowley and the lighting design is by 2000 Tony Award-winner Natasha Katz. Music supervision and orchestrations are provided by Paul Bogaev.

Elton John and Tim Rice's AIDA is produced by Disney Theatrical Productions, which operates under the direction of Thomas Schumacher. Disney Theatrical Productions is also responsible for the Tony Award-winning BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, now in its seventh year on Broadway and THE LION KING, which received six 1998 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, as well as the 1999 GrammyÒ Award for Best Musical Show Album. Most recently, Elton John and Tim Rice received the 2001 GrammyÒ Award for Best Musical Show Album for AIDA.

AIDA will play in Andrew Jackson Hall from Wednesday, January 22 through Sunday, February 2, 2003.

Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday; 8:00 p.m. Friday; 2:00 and 8:00 p.m. Saturday; 2:00 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. On Thursday, January 23 a 1:00 p.m. matinee will be presented.

Ticket prices range from $18-62.50, depending upon performance times and seat locations. For tickets, visit the TPAC Box Office Downtown or Davis-Kidd Booksellers, online at www.tpac.org, or any Ticketmaster outlet. Tickets may also be purchased by calling Ticketmaster at 615/255-2787.

For information on group discounts for 20 or more call TPAC Group Sales at 615/782-4060. For more information on AIDA, visit www.disneyonbroadway.com.The first Sunday matinee of AIDA will be signed for the hearing impaired.

Elton John and Tim Rice's AIDA in Nashville is sponsored by The Tennessean, STAR 97, Channel 4, and Cadillac, the official vehicle of the Tennessee Performing Arts Center and the sponsor of the Cadillac Lobby for Jackson Hall during the 2002-2003 season.
Visit www.tpac.org for the latest information on the renovation of TPAC and suggestions on parking in the area. When you are attending a performance in Jackson Hall, you must enter the temporary lobby on the corner of 6th Ave and Union Street.If you park to the west, north or south you will avoid a long walk around the exterior construction zone.

The Tennessee Performing Arts Center is a private, non-profit corporation dedicated to providing and supporting the presentation of the performing arts to the citizens of Tennessee. Its four stages are home to The Nashville Symphony, Tennessee Repertory Theatre, Nashville Opera Association, Nashville Ballet, and Circle Players.

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