Exclusive Breaking News: Destiny's Child's Michelle Williams Will Lead AIDA at the MUNY

Multiple Grammy® Award-wining artist, Michelle Williams, of the internationally renowned recording group, Destiny's Child, will star in the title role of The Muny's 2016 production of Elton John and Tim Rice's Aida, August 8 - 14. The Muny's production of Aida is directed by Matt Lenz and choreographed by John Rua with music direction by Andrew Graham.

"We're thrilled Michelle will star as our Aida," said Muny artistic director and executive producer Mike Isaacson. "It is one of the most iconic roles in contemporary musical theatre, and I can't wait to see her create her particular brand of musical magic on the Muny stage."

Michelle Williams joined the record-setting R&B/pop female group Destiny's Child in 1999. A string of hit singles such as "Say My Name," "Independent Women Part 1," "Survivor" and "Bootylicious" spurred worldwide album sales of 50 million and numerous awards. In 2002 Williams embarked on a solo career starting with the release of her debut album, Heart to Yours, followed by Do You Know (2004), Unexpected (2008) and Journey to Freedom (2014). Between recording projects, Williams began honing her acting skills with a theatrical stage debut in 2003 in the title role of the hit Broadway musical Aida. Williams has since appeared in productions of The Color Purple, Chicago and Fela!. Recently Michelle has co-hosted ABC Television's The View, launched reality show Fix My Choir on the Oxygen Network and gave a special performance at The White House for President and Mrs. Obama.

Aida is sponsored by Edward Jones.

The seven shows in the 2016 Muny season are: The Wizard of Oz (June 13 - 22), 42nd Street (June 24 - 30), The Music Man (July 5 - 11), Young Frankenstein (July 13 - 19), Mamma Mia! (July 21 - 28), Fiddler on the Roof (July 30 - August 5), and Elton John and Tim Rice's Aida (August 8 -14). For more information visit muny.org.

Season tickets go on sale March 5, 2016. Single tickets go on sale May 28, 2016.

World Wide Technology (WWT) and The Steward Family Foundation have once again made a leadership gift to continue as the Muny's 2016 Season Presenting Sponsor. They became the first overall season sponsor in the 98-year history of The Muny in 2014 and will continue in that role through 2016.

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