Paulo Szot, who won a Tony Award in 2008 for his performance in South Pacific at Lincoln Center, will play Juan Perón opposite the previously announced Dee Roscioli in this summer’s production of Evita at Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival.
The Brazilian-born opera star also won the Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle Award, and a Theatre World Award for his portrayal of Emile De Becque in the Rodgers and Hammerstein revival. Szot made his New York Philharmonic debut in a concert conducted by Marvin Hamlisch, appearing alongside Liza Minnelli, Joel Grey, and Kelli O’Hara. In 2010, he made his Metropolitan Opera debut in The Nose. Szot has also appeared at Carnegie Hall, Opera National de Paris, Teatro Royal de Madrid, Dutch National Opera, Opera Australia, Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, Washington National Opera, Teatro alla Scala, and at the Glyndebourne Festival.
Roscioli, who is currently co-starring in the Off-Broadway world premiere of John Kander’s Kid Victory, starred as Elphaba in the Broadway production of Wicked and has appeared in the Chicago, San Francisco, and national touring productions of the musical. She also appeared in the recent Broadway revival of Fiddler on the Roof and performed the leading role of Mrs. Lovett in the PSF’s 2012 production of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.
Evita will begin previews June 14 and officially open June 16 for a run through July 2 on the Main Stage of the Labuda Center for the Performing Arts on the campus of DeSales University in Center Valley, Pennsylvania.
This production will be directed by PSF Associate Artistic Director Dennis Razze. Additional casting will be announced at a later time.
Evita features a score by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice. 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,” and “Rainbow High.” Madonna, Antonio Banderas, and Jonathan Pryce starred in the film version. The Broadway revival co-starred Elena Roger, Ricky Martin, and Michael Cerveris.
Roscioli will also perform during Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival’s annual gala, Luminosity, June 3, and she will perform a one-night-only concert at PSF July 31.
Subscription packages and single tickets are available at Pashakespeare.org or by calling (610) 282-9455. Discounts are available for subscribers, youth, and military.
Szot is also scheduled to be a special guest performer on Playbill’s inaugural river cruise along the Rhône River in May 2017. That cruise is sold out, but cabins are available for the Rhine River cruise in August 2017, featuring Seth Rudetsky, Andréa Burns, Faith Prince, Terrence Mann, Charlotte d’Amboise, Santino Fontana and more exciting talent. Playbill travel is now also booking Broadway on the Danube River for November 2017, with celebrity guests to be announced. Visit PlaybillTravel.com for booking and information.