Saturday, October 22, 2011

Cast set for Elton John & Tim Rice's AIDA

Maurer Productions OnStage is pleased to announce the cast for their production of Elton John & Tim Rice's AIDA, opening at Kelsey Theatre on November 18.

The production team, led by producer/director Dan Maurer, and producers John and Diana Maurer, is thrilled to see so many new faces.

"We're one of those companies that loves to find new talent and turn them into new friends," said the show's director, Dan Maurer. "So we couldn't be more thrilled with the cast of AIDA. Out of the 25 actors we are now working with, over twenty of them are working with Maurer Productions for the first time. And they bring with them just the kind of talent we need to pull off this amazing show."

This high energy, romantic, pop/rock epic won four Tony Awards when Walt Disney’s Hyperion Theatrical Group first brought it to Broadway in 2000. The show features music by pop legend Elton John and lyrics by Tim Rice, who penned the words to such Broadway blockbusters
A few cast members of AIDA at music rehearsal. Front row, from left to right, Beverly Kuo-Hamilton, Sheilla Teio, Yakenya Moise. Second row, left to right, Ben Menehem, De Haven Rogers. Back row, Thomas Coppolecchia

as Jesus Christ Superstar and Evita. After their successful partnership creating the music for Disney’s The Lion King, the mouse house tapped them to create a Broadway musical for grown-ups, and Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida was born. Set in ancient Egypt, Aida is the story of an enslaved Nubian princess, her conflicted Egyptian captor, and a forbidden love that rocks the ancient world to its core.

Joining the cast is a tapestry of familiar faces and new friends. Rehearsals are underway and going very well. Performances are scheduled for November 18-27, 2011. Tickets are on sale now at the Kelsey Box Office. To order, call 609-570-3333, or order online.

We are pleased to introduce the cast and production team of AIDA.

Meera Mohan as Aida
Tom Coppolecchia as Radames
Kimberly Suskind as Amneris
Jahmir Scott as Mereb
Brian Meltzer* as Zoser
Scott Karlin as Pharaoh
Yakenya Moise as Nehebka
Alwynn Baskin* as Amonasro 

Jen Baranowski
William Burke
Steven Dunagan
Melissa Geerlof
John Glace
Cheryl King
Beverly Kuo-Hamilton*
Alexa Lupinacci
Brian Maguire
Ben Menahem
Abby Oliver
Julia Procaccino
Arielle Rabano
Leia Rochester
De Haven Rogers
Mollie Rubinstein
Sheilla Telo

Director -- Dan Maurer*
Producer -- John Maurer*
Producer -- Diana Maurer*
Producer -- Dan Maurer*
Music Director -- Tony Di Dia*
Choreographer -- Jane Coult*
Stage Manager -- Jeff Cantor*
Asst. Stage Manager -- Kelly Branin
Property Manager -- Alycia Bauch*
Costume Design -- John Maurer*, Diana Maurer*, Tina Heinze
(* NJACT Perry Award Nominee or Winner for past productions)

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