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Role in Aida

Monday 26 January 2004 @ 2:38 - GMT

Deborah Cox has been confirmed to replace Michelle Williams in the title role of Elton John and Tim Rice's Aida on Broadway, reported Playbill Online, January 23, 2004.

Cox will be the latest pop singer to step into the title role of the Disney hit. Cox begins her four-month engagement February 17, 2004, and will play the role of the Nubian princess through June 13. Her co-stars will include Will Chase as Radames, Lisa Brescia as Amneris and Micky Dolenz as Zoser. Aida will mark Cox's Broadway debut.

Born in 1973, Cox began her professional career at the age of 12, playing small Toronto, Canada, 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.