AIDA tells the story of a high-ranking Egyptian soldier, engaged to the Pharaoh's daughter and next in line for the throne, who falls in love with the Nubian slave Aida. When he discovers that she is the daughter of the King of Nubia, each is forced to choose between love for country and love for each other.  With a driving pop-rock score by Elton John, the story challenges audiences to consider the question: “What would you sacrifice for eternal love?”

In its first Chicago production since the national tour,
Bailiwick Chicago's newly envisioned production features stunning choreography by the modern dance company Deeply Rooted Dance Theatre, a six-piece band, and a cast of 20 talented actors, singers, and dancers.

 

Bailiwick Chicago presents...       AIDA

Watch video clips from the show below.

Elton John & Tim Rice's

AIDA

Directed by Scott Ferguson
Music Direction by Robert Ollis and Jimmy Morehead
Choreography by Gary Abbott and Kevin Iega Jeff of Deeply Rooted Dance Theater

at American Theater Company, 1909 W Byron St, Chicago

July 1 - August 1, 2010

Starring

BRANDON CHANDLER, DAMIEN CRIM, RASHADA DAWAN, AARON HOLLAND, RANDOLPH JOHNSON, ADRIANNA PARSON, BOB PRIES, DAISICA L. SMITH

with

ADRIENE BARBER, WILLIAM BARNEY, PIERRE CLARK, DESLA EPISON, DESMOND GRAY, DARYN HARRELL, VARRIS HOLMES, ANDRIANA PACHELLA, CHIP PAYOS, TOMMY RIVERA, KARLA VICTUM and KYLAH WILLIAMS

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"...Powerful and independent point of view...the impressive debut musical from the newly reconfigured Bailiwick Chicago...an interesting idea for a Broadway revival." 

- Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune (Read Full Review)

"RECOMMENDED...the richly expressive Afro-infused choreography...far outstrips that created for the show's Broadway edition."

  1. -Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun-Times (Read Full Review)

"HIGHLY RECOMMENDED...This Aida is a major summer triumph not to be missed."

- Tom Williams, ChicagoCritic.com  (Read Full Review)

"Bailiwick Chicago has given it an intimate, unpretentious production, directed by Scott Ferguson and presented in association with Deeply Rooted Dance Theatre, that boasts clever costumes, imaginative lighting, solid dancing, strong lead vocals, and truly impressive choral singing"


-The Chicago Reader (Read Full Review)

Production Photography by Foster Garvin, Jr. 

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Recipient of the 2010

BLACK THEATRE ALLIANCE AWARDS:


Best Actress in a Musical: RASHADA DAWAN

Best Actor in Musical: BRANDON CHANDLER

Best Supporting Actress in a Musical: ADRIANNA PARSON