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Williams of Destiny's Child is new 'Aida'

NEW YORK -- Broadway has found its new "Aida" to replace Toni Braxton -- Michelle Williams of Destiny's Child. She will join the cast of the long-running Disney musical Nov. 18. Braxton departs Nov. 16 after a four-month run.

"Aida is a woman with such strength," Williams said Tuesday in a statement. "I love this character and can't wait to truly find her within myself."

The 23-year-old Williams joined Destiny's Child in 2000, singing with them on the group's third album, the best-selling "Survivor." The singer's solo debut album, the gospel-flavored "Heart to Yours," came out last year. A second solo recording, "Do You Know?" will be released in January.

"Aida," the star-crossed story of a Nubian princess in love with an Egyptian soldier, opened at the Palace Theatre in March 2000. The musical, with a score by Elton John and Tim Rice, also stars Will Chase and Mandy Gonzalez.

Williams will appear in "Aida" for 10 weeks, ending her engagement Jan. 25.

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On the Net:

http://disney.go.com/disneytheatrical/aida/

http://www.michellewilliamsonline.com/

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