Emily Dennis (left) as Aida, Kyle Henry as Radames and Allison Hall as Amneris star in Aida, which opens at the Murfreesboro Center for the Arts on Oct. 18, 2013, in Murfreesboro, Tenn. (Photo submitted)
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -- The creative team that staged the hit production of "The Color Purple" in 2012 has reunited to bring Sir Elton John and Tim Rice’s "Aida" to the Murfreesboro Center for the Arts starting Friday, Oct. 18.
Director Renee Robinson and Music Director Dave Ragland combined to produce "Aida," the timeless love story that features a pop-rock score with music by John and lyrics by Rice.
It runs on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. until it closes on Sunday, Nov. 3.
It is a contemporary musical based on a grand classic tale, featuring the bond between an enslaved Nubian princess and an Egyptian soldier. As forbidden passion builds, the young lovers must choose between death or separation – and the choice they make helps change the destinies of their homelands.
The ensemble cast features Emily Dennis in the title role, Kyle Henry as Radames and Allison Hall as Amneris.
“Aida is a powerful show," Robinson said, "and we hope its strong vocals and choreography will be a hit with our audiences."
Robinson has headed some of the center’s most successful productions, including multiple sellout shows for "Rent" in June, "Jesus Christ Superstar" in March and "It’s a Wonderful Life" in November. She received the Nelda Pope Award for directing "The Color Purple," the center’s most popular show of 2012.
Ragland, minister of music for Tennessee State University’s Wesley Center and artistic director of Inversion Vocal Ensemble in Nashville, was music director for "The Color Purple." He has appeared with the Nashville Symphony, the Nashville Opera and the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera.
For information on ticket sales and availability, go to www.BoroArts.org, call the Center for the Arts at 615-904-2787 or visit the box office at 110 W. College St. in Murfreesboro.