September 5, 2004 – Aida Has Last Performance on Broadway
“This is a story of a love that flourished in a time of hate, of lovers no tyranny could separate.”
On September 5, 2004, the Disney musical Aida played its final performance at the Palace Theatre, ending after 1,852 performances in four and a half years. The Tony Award winning musical, originally entitled Elaborate Lives: The Legend of Aida and based on the opera by Verdi, had an interesting journey to Broadway, as the musical was very different when it previewed at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia, as well as a set mishap during a Chicago performance in 1999 where lead actors Heather Headley and Adam Pascal sustained minor injuries. The final performance featured Deborah Cox as Aida and Adam Pascal returning as Radames.