Evita—with Aida's Finley—Replaces Holmes' Mancini Project at HHTC

News   Evita—with Aida's Finley—Replaces Holmes' Mancini Project at HHTC
Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's Tony Award-winning musical Evita will replace the previously announced The Mancini Project at the Helen Hayes Theatre Company this fall.

Evita — which made stars of its Broadway (Patti LuPone) and London (Elaine Paige) leading ladies — will play the Nyack Theatre Oct. 18-Nov. 2. The Mancini Project, 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.

Former Aida star Felicia Finley will star as Eva Peron in the Helen Hayes production, which was seen this past summer at the Ogunquit Playhouse in Maine. In a statement Helen Hayes Executive Producer Tony Stimac said, "We are thrilled to present this spectacular production. We’ve been trying to do this show for two years, announcing it as part of our season each time. Unfortunately, the tragedy of September 11th, the economy and world events were just as devastating to us as it was for the regular business community. Financial realities made it impossible to properly present this incredible show and we had to cancel it twice.

"Originally, Evitawould have played the HHTC in June and moved to Ogunquit in July," Stimac added. "We just turned it around a little."

Felicia Finley has starred on Broadway in Aida, 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!.

The Helen Hayes Theatre Company is located at 117 Main Street in Nyack, NY; call (845) 358-6333 for information. For more information, go to www.hhtco.org.

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