NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Studio Tenn Theatre Company and Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC) announce casting for their co-presentation of Elton John & Tim Rice’s AIDA: In Concert, which plays in TPAC’s Polk Theater on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1.
Single tickets are on sale now at TPAC.org, by phone at 615-782-4040 and in person at the TPAC Box Office, 505 Deaderick St., in downtown Nashville. Patrons are encouraged to have tickets delivered to the TPAC Concierge App.
The two-night show stars Maya Riley, a promising Nashville talent and New York University Tisch School of the Arts graduate, making her TPAC debut as "Aida;" Jon Robert Hall (TV’s "Glee," "Wicked") as "Radames;" Jackie Burns ("Wicked," "If/Then") as Amneris and Rex Smith (Top 10 Single "You Take My Breath Away," "Grease") as "Zoser."
"The talent level is simply amazing. It’s a star-studded cast from New York, Los Angeles and Nashville," says Patrick Cassidy, Studio Tenn’s Artistic Director. "We’re especially excited for Maya to take the James K. Polk Theater stage in her hometown. She’s mesmerizing, and I know will make a lasting impression on showgoers. To put her alongside Rex, Jackie and John creates a dynamic and powerful experience."
Other members of the cast include Christian Boyd, Mark Cabus, Gabrielle Ejibe, Ja’Naye Flanagan, Carli Hardon, William Harris III, Josh Jordan, Bakari King, Juliana Lamia, Tiffany Rae Mallari, Calvin Malone and Kittrell Poe.
The production is directed and choreographed by Broadway’s Gerry McIntyre, a Broadway stalwart with credits including "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" and "Chicago." The show is also co-directed by Studio Tenn’s Patrick Cassidy, a beloved stage and screen veteran.
Members of the creative team include Assistant Choreographer Everett Tarlton, Set Designer Sawyer Wallace, Co-Costume Designers Devon Spencer and Lauren Terry, Lighting Designer Michael Barnette, Sound Designer Danny Northup and Music Director Steve Kummer.
About Elton John & Tim Rice’s Aida: In Concert
Winner of four Tony Awards®, Elton John & Tim Rice’s Aida: In Concert is an epic tale of love, loyalty and betrayal. It chronicles the love triangle between Aida, a Nubian princess stolen from her country; Amneris, an Egyptian princess; and Radames, the soldier they both love. The enslaved Nubian princess, Aida, finds her heart entangled with Radames, an Egyptian soldier who is betrothed to the Pharaoh's daughter, Amneris. As their forbidden love blossoms, Aida is forced to weigh her heart against the responsibility that she faces as the leader of her people.
Aida and Radames' love for one another becomes a shining example of true devotion that ultimately transcends the vast cultural differences between their warring nations, heralding a time of unprecedented peace and prosperity. The show was originally produced by Disney Theatrical Productions and directed on Broadway by Robert Falls. Music is by Elton John with lyrics by Tim Rice. The book is by Linda Woolverton, Robert Falls and David Henry Hwang.
About Studio Tenn
Studio Tenn is a professional regional theatre company and a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Franklin, Tennessee. Our mission is to use a rich combination of talent to bring classic works of drama and musical theatre life in Middle Tennessee.
If you go:
Elton John & Tim Rice’s AIDA: In Concert
Sept. 30 and Oct. 1, 2022
TPAC’s Polk Theater
505 Deaderick St.
Performance schedule, prices and cast are subject to change without notice. Institutional sponsors for TPAC include official health and safety partner, HCA Healthcare/TriStar Health, Amazon, and Nissan North America. TPAC is funded in part by support from the Tennessee Arts Commission and the Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission.