PHOTO EXCLUSIVE: "High Flying Adored" Backstage With NC Theatre's Evita, Lauren Kennedy

Photos   PHOTO EXCLUSIVE: "High Flying Adored" Backstage With NC Theatre's Evita, Lauren Kennedy
Musical theatre and favorite Lauren Kennedy is currently back in her hometown of Raleigh taking on the title role in Evita for North Carolina Theatre through Oct. 30.

Ever a shutterbug, the hard-working leading lady documented the experience and shares a variety of her candid backstage photos with our readers. Enjoy!

Kennedy, who has been seen on Broadway in Sunset Boulevard, Spamalot and Side Show, previously played the role at Casa Mañana in Ft. Worth, TX. She is joined in this production by Ray Walker (Les Miserables) as Che, Jonathan Hammond (Ragtime, Light in the Piazza) as Peron, Raleigh native English Bernhardt as The Mistress and Nick Duckart as Magaldi.

Tito Hernandez directs and choreographs.

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. Elena Roger and Ricky Martin will star in the forthcoming Broadway revival.

Tickets, priced $25-$75, can be purchased by calling Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000 or online at For groups of ten or more call (919) 831-6941, ext. 6944.

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