R+B beauty Toni Braxton is gearing up to perform onstage in a new musical - hot on the heels of giving birth to her second son.

The BREATHE AGAIN singer, who welcomed DIEZEL KY BRAXTON LEWIS into the world on Sunday (30MAR03) with her Mint Condition hunk husband KERI LEWIS, will soon step into the title role of the Broadway hit AIDA.

Braxton, whose first son DENIM is 15 months old, will begin appearing in the Elton John and Tim Rice musical on 30 June (03) and remain with the production until at least 1 November (03).

The curvaceous songstress previously starred in another DISNEYshow, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, and had originally planned to join Aida last November (02). But when she learned she was pregnant, producers agreed to push back her run.

Braxton says of the regal heroine she will play, "I love that she's a strong character. I loved Beauty and the Beast, but in Aida, the songs deal more with adult issues. And singing said love songs is right up my alley."

And she adds her new gig presents an additional challenge: "I was single when I did Beauty and the Beast. This time I'm married, with two kids. That's a lot to juggle. Wish me luck!"