Disney Will Launch a New North American Tour of Elton John & Tim Rice’s Aida in 2021

first_img Disney Theatrical Productions announced that a new North American tour of Elton John and Tim Rice’s beloved Broadway musical Aida will launch in early 2021. The new tour will premiere at New Jersey’s Paper Mill Playhouse beginning February 4 to March 7, 2021. Schele Williams, who was a member of the original Broadway cast, will direct this new production of Aida, which will be choreographed by Tony nominee Camille A. Brown (Choir Boy, Once on This Island). The production will play Charlotte, Chicago, Fort Worth, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Nashville, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., among other cities to be announced. Casting for the tour will be revealed later this year.The new production, updated and re-imagined, retains the Tony- and Grammy-winning score and features a book revised by Tony Award winner David Henry Hwang, who co-authored the original production with Linda Woolverton and Robert Falls. A passionate and timeless story for today’s audiences, Aida is the compelling tale of star-crossed lovers belonging to feuding nations, torn between their conflicted loyalties to their countries and to each other. With its stirring contemporary score and its powerful love story, Aida reveals that we have the power to change history, but only when we make brave choices and embrace our destiny.Disney Theatrical Productions President Thomas Schumacher, who recently appeared on an episode of #LiveatFive, said, “Schele Williams, David Henry Hwang and the team have cracked the show open in new ways to bring the story into today’s world while honoring what fans have cherished for 20 years: rich characters, gorgeous designs and those extraordinary songs.”“Aida is in my DNA in ways I had never imagined until I began the journey for this production,” said Schele Williams, in a statement. “I have a rich history with the show that I am very proud of, but when I recently made some discoveries about the history of its time period, the show broke open for me. It truly is the butterfly effect; subtle shifts have taken a story I love and turned it into an adventure I can’t wait for audiences to discover. David Henry Hwang has crafted a book that truly shapes this journey and Elton John and Tim Rice’s score is the glorious foundation we have built upon.”Aida, which opened at the Palace Theatre in March 2000, went on to become one of the biggest hits of its decade, closing on Broadway in September 2004 after nearly 2000 performances. It received five Tony nominations, winning for Best Original Musical Score, Best Scenic Design, Best Lighting Design and Best Actress in a Musical for Heather Headley. A tour played 53 North American cities from 2001 to 2003.The new Aida will feature sets and costumes by seven-time Tony winner Bob Crowley, lighting by six-time Tony winner Natasha Katz, musical supervision by Tony Award winner Jason Michael Webb, vocal arrangements by Michael McElroy, orchestrations by Jim Abbott and dance arrangements by Tony winner Zane Mark.To stay up-to-date on when Aida might be headed to your city, visit BroadwayAcrossAmerica.com! “Aida”(Logo provided by Disney Theatrical Productions) View Commentslast_img read more

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Burbank makes list of sootiest cities

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant “Geographically, it’s a much more contained municipality,” said Perry, chairwoman of L.A.’s Environmental Quality Wastewater Management Committee. “It’s inland and it’s backed up against a mountain.” The AQMD gathers data on particulate matter annually from its 32 air monitoring stations across Southern California. The top 10 ranking was reported at an asthma conference sponsored by the AQMD last week. Officials held the meeting to try to understand why an increasing number of children are suffering from asthma and how to cut Southern California’s air pollution. “New studies empower us to proceed with more stringent air quality standards,” said Elaine Chang, deputy executive officer of the AQMD. “There’s a lot of data being collected. It’s not always easy to do human studies following folks around for several years to identify the causes of the health effects, to link certain health symptoms directly back to fine particles.” The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency tests for fine particulates in the air that are most readily inhaled. Usually, smog-choked Southern California exceeds federal EPA particulate standards, and ranks first – or second behind Houston – for the most unhealthy air. Burbank is sixth on a list of the nation’s top 10 cities with the worst soot, according to a three-year study released by the South Coast Air Quality Management District. Diesel exhaust is the main culprit for the high rates of PM 2.5 – the fine particulates that lodge in the lungs when inhaled, officials said. The city also sits hard against the Verdugo Mountains, where pollution from neighboring cities collects. “It’s not surprising,” said Burbank City Councilman Todd Campbell, director of public policy for Seal Beach-based Clean Energy, which provides natural gas for transportation. “We have a tendency to be like a dust bowl.” Los Angeles City Councilwoman Jan Perry, a governing board member of the western region of the AQMD, attributes Burbank’s bad air to the proximity to two freeways heavily traveled by diesel-belching big rigs. “It’s part of a problem that a lot of areas face,” said Catherine Brown, the air monitoring program manager for the EPA. “We’re all working toward bringing those levels down.” Officials in Burbank and across the region have been working on ways to reduce pollution – cleaner fuels in trucks and cars and improvements at the Port of Los Angeles, which generates 25 percent of the region’s pollution, officials said. Burbank also has the Bob Hope Airport, and some studies have found that airports can have harmful health effects on nearby communities. Residents living near the airport have complained for years about soot on their properties that they believe comes from planes. Victor Gill, Bob Hope Airport spokesman, said the airport has been converting ground equipment and buses from diesel to electric. The airport recently got a $500,000 federal grant to use hybrid-electric buses, he said. “The airport is always involved in looking for ways to improve the air pollution situation,” he said. “We’re certainly trying to be proactive and pursuing those clean air initiatives from those sources associated specifically with the airport.” Jason Kandel, (818) 546-3306 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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