The invited staged reading of the new musical drama will be held at Nola Studios in Manhattan on June 26. Evan will play Abelard in the reading, which will also feature Tamra Hayden as Heloise as well as a cast of Broadway veterans, including Barrie Ingham as Gilles. Based upon Sir Ronald Millar's play of the same name, Abelard and Heloise features music by Tom Polum, lyrics by Greg Cullen and a book by Polum, Cullen and Stuart Marland. Abelard and Heloise is based on the life of 12th-century poet, philosopher and teacher Peter Abelard who — conforming to the laws of the church at the time — took a vow of celibacy. That vow was tested when he was introduced to the 17-year-old Heloise. Abelard and Heloise concerns the story of their epic love, which survived against all odds and lives on today through the letters they shared with each other.
Robert Evan, who recently stoodby for the characters Krolock and Abronsius in the Broadway musical Dance of the Vampires, has also appeared on Broadway in Jekyll & Hyde and Les Misérables. His current project is Off-Broadway's The Prince and the Pauper. His tour credits include Les Miz, Jekyll & Hyde and Hello, Dolly! A former UGA football player, Evan has appeared on ABC-TV's "All My Children," and his recordings include "Jekyll & Hyde," "The Civil War," "Cyrano," "The Broadway Musicals of 1940," "The Prince and the Pauper" and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra's third Christmas album.