Embrace the sweeping sands of an ancient time and a love triangle born in a war-torn country as the Fiddlehead Theatre Company presents the follow up to Tim Rice and Elton John’s musical, Disney’s ‘The Lion King’ with the Tony and Grammy award-winning rock opera, ‘Aida’ at the Strand Theatre, 543 Columbia Road in Dorchester, Massachusetts through Sunday, October 26.
Ta’nika Gibson as ‘Aida’ delivers a tour de force performance and leads a mesmerizing cast, guiding audiences through pulsing rock numbers such as ‘Fortune Favors the Brave’ to haunting ballads such as ‘How I Know You’ to light, humorous showstoppers like ‘My Strongest Suit.’ See the slideshow for a closer look at the cast for ‘Aida’ and upcoming productions! Click here for tickets and for more information! See the slideshow for a closer look at the cast for ‘Aida’ and upcoming productions!
The talented cast includes Christiana Rodi, who delivers a lovable and multi-faceted performance as Princess Amneris. Rodi is radiant as Amneris, her rich, soulful belt nails her signature song, ‘My Strong Suit’ and then easily travels to a soulful, silvery tone in ‘I Know the Truth.’
Terrell Foster-James is excellent as servant Mereb, his winsome demeanor is engaging throughout the production. His captivating performance urges the audiences to feel the depth of his struggles and delivers a poignant performance with Ta’nika Gibson as Aida in ‘How I Know You.’
Gene Dante as Radames has a thick, powerful voice, his inflections reminiscent of Elton John. The song, ‘Not Me’ is a masterful piece as Amneris, Aida, Mereb, and Radames unveil their roles in this love story.
Ta’nika Gibson gives a show stopping performance as ‘Aida.’ Her voice is astonishing in ‘Easy as Life,’ conveying the many conflicts her character struggles with. She is bold, charming, and audacious, always with a heavy heart.
The stage bursts in bright colors as Egyptian hieroglyphics set on sandy, beige towers light the stage. A subtly set stage enhance costumes that range from ornate, shimmering gowns, long cloaks trimmed in yellow gold to outfits draped in exotic, vari-colored designs. The costumes, by Sarah Karten and Stacey Stephens, are especially impressive during the exuberant number, ‘My Strongest Suit,’ as gilded, over- the-top patterns adorn the stage with a glimmer of humor attached.
The choreography, by Kira Cowen at times has an urgent tone, depicting a torrid era with leaping, flowing steps weaved in fighting stances. During the number, ‘Dance of the Robe’ the mix of bold choreography and an elaborate design piece frames a stunning portrait.
Based on Giuseppe Verdi’s Italian opera of the same name and a book by Linda Woolverton, Robert Falls, and Robert Henry Hwang, performances continue through Sunday, October 26. With every ticket sold, 5% will be donated to the AIDS Action Committee
The Fiddlehead Theatre’s next production is the rock musical that put its own spin on ‘The Wizard of Oz,’ ‘The Wiz’ from Friday, February 13 through Sunday, February 22, 2015. Finally, also written by Tim Rice is Andrew Lloyd Webber’s rock opera ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ from Friday, April 23 through Sunday, May 3, 2015.
For more information and tickets, visit fiddleheadtheatre.com, call 617-229-6494, or visit the Fiddlehead Theatre Company box office! Please arrive early for prime parking. Student, senior and group discounts are available for all shows!