Evita — with Aida's Finley — Begins at HHTC Oct. 18

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The Helen Hayes Theatre Company's production of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's Evita, starring former Aida star Felicia Finley in the title role, begins performances Oct. 18.
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Felicia Finley is "Rainbow High" in Evita Photo by Olgonquit Theatre

Directed by Gordon Greenberg, the Tony-winning musical will play the Hayes through Nov. 2. The cast also includes David Brummel (Peron), Frank Baiocchi (Che), Claudia Koziner (Mistress) and Vincent Delia (Magaldi). The remainder of the company comprises Jill Stacey Carlen (Ensemble), Robert Cid (Ensemble), Rachel Cohen (Eva’s Sister, Ensemble, Eva’s Mother), Liz Donathan (Eva’s Mother, Nurse, Ensemble), Kimberly Jordan (Tango Dancer, Young Eva, Ensemble), Michael Kaer-Miller (General, Ensemble), Colin Liander (Press Secretary, General, Ensemble), Ricky Oliver (Ensemble), Christopher Regan (Eva’s Brother, General, Ensemble), Luis Salgado (Ensemble), Matthew Sipress (Tango Dancer, General, Ensemble) and Shorey Walker (Eva’s Maid, Ensemble).

With special permission, a few verses of "The Lady's Got Potential" — heard on the original Julie Covington recording and in the Madonna film — as well as additional verses of "Another Suitcase in Another Hall" for Eva will be part of this production.

Evita replaced The Mancini Project on the Helen Hayes schedule. Mancini, a new musical employing the songs of the late Henry Mancini and featuring a book by Rupert Holmes, was postponed due to Holmes' busy schedule. The Tony-winning composer/writer is currently enjoying a big hit with his first novel for Random House, "Where the Truth Lies." An extended book tour has left him less time to work on Mancini.

Evita, which premiered as a two-LP recording starring Julie Covington (Eva) and Colm Wilkinson (Che), features a score by Andrew Lloyd Webber (music) and Tim Rice (lyrics). Hal Prince staged both the original London and New York productions of the musical, which made stars of Elaine Paige (in London) and Mandy Patinkin and Patti LuPone (on Broadway). The score features such tunes as “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina,” “Buenos Aires,” “A New Argentina,” “Another Suitcase in Another Hall,” “I’d Be Surprisingly Good for You” and “Rainbow High.” Madonna, Antonio Banderas and Jonathan Pryce starred in the film version.

Felicia Finley has starred on Broadway in Aida (as Amneris), Smokey Joe's Cafe and The Life. Her Off-Broadway credits include The Wild Party, The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin, Forbidden Broadway 2001: A Space Odyssey and The Gingerbread House. Finley also appeared in the national tours of Jekyll & Hyde and Jesus Christ Superstar and the Paper Mill production of Red, Hot and Blue!. Her film credits feature roles in "He Got Game" and "Summer of Sam." The Helen Hayes Theatre Company is located at 117 Main Street in Nyack, NY; call (845) 358-6333 for tickets. For more information, go to www.hhtco.org.

Felicia Finley and David Brummel promise "A New Argentina" in <i>Evita</i>
Felicia Finley and David Brummel promise "A New Argentina" in Evita Photo by Olgonquit Theatre
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