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Paul Nolan, Zakiya Young to Star in Starlight Theatre's Aida logo
Paul Nolan
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Zakiya Young and Paul Nolan will lead the cast of the Kansas City-based Starlight Theatre's production of Elton John and Tim Rice's Aida, to run August 3-12 at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. Mark Madama will direct.

The musical tells an epic story of forbidden love between an enslaved Nubian princess, Aida (Young), and an Egyptian soldier, Radames (Nolan).

The cast will also feature Chelsea Packard (Amneris), Justin Keyes (Mereb), John Antony (Zoser), Kip Niven (Pharaoh), Stacey Robinson (Amonasro), and Allysa Shorte (Nehebka). Ensemble cast includes Meredith Akins, Kelly Buck, Bianca Burgess, Stephanie Cain, Amanda Galang, Alison Jantzie, Jolina Javier, Eric Sean Fogel (dance captain), Julius Chase, Richard Riaz Yoder, Leeds Hill, Antuan Raimone, Kevin Santos, and Maurice Sims. The Teen Ensemble members are Madison Calhoun, Joy Donnelly, Emmy Hadley, Madelaine Heigele, Jacob Bogart, Grayson Yockey and Dashawn Young.

The creative team includes Michele Lynch (choreographer), Anthony Edwards (musical director), Charlie Morrison (lighting designer), and Braxton Cornelius (sound designer).

Young has appeared on Broadway in Stick Fly and The Little Mermaid, while Nolan recently starred in the title role in the Broadway revival of Jesus Christ Superstar.


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