PHOTO SPECIAL: The Evita Files
By Matthew Blank
With the imminent launch of the new touring production of Evita, we thought it would be a great time to look back at some of the stellar women who have played the title role on Broadway.
The national tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's Evita, based on the 2012 Tony-nominated revival will kick off Sept. 8 at the Providence Performing Arts Center in Providence, RI.
Producers Hal Luftig, Scott Sanders Productions and Troika Entertainment announced that the production will star Caroline Bowman (Kinky Boots) as Eva Peron, Tony nominee Josh Young (Jesus Christ Superstar) as Che and Sean MacLaughlin (Woman in White) as Juan Peron with Desi Oakley as the alternate for Eva, Christopher Johnstone as Magaldi and Krystina Alabado as the Mistress.
The company will also include Ryan Bailer, Nicholas Belton, Jessica Bishop, Ronald L. Brown, Holly Ann Butler, Diana DiMarzio, Katharine Heaton, Tony Howell, Katie Huff, Patrick Oliver Jones, Ian Liberto, Alison Mahoney, Robin Masella, Megan Ort, John Riddle, Morgan Rose, Michael Scirrotto and Tug Watson.
Tour dates follow.
Providence, RI: Sept. 8 – 14, 2013
The revival of Evita played its final performance Jan. 26 at the Marquis Theatre following 26 previews and 337 regular performances. The cast was headed by Grammy winner Ricky Martin (Che), Olivier Award winner Elena Roger (Eva Perón) and Tony Award winner Michael Cerveris (Juan Perón).
Directed by Tony and Olivier Award winner Michael Grandage and choreographed by Tony Award winner Rob Ashford, Evita began previews March 12, 2012, and opened April 5. The cast also featured Max von Essen as Magaldi and Rachel Potter as the Mistress.
The creative team also included Tony Award-winning scenic and costume designer Christopher Oram (Red), Tony Award-winning lighting designer Neil Austin (Red), Olivier Award-winning sound designer Mick Potter (Woman In White), wig and hair designer Richard Mawbey (Frost/Nixon), projection designer Zachary Borovay (Rock of Ages) and music supervisor/director Kristen Blodgette (Mary Poppins).
Orchestrations were by Andrew Lloyd Webber and David Cullen (Sunset Boulevard) with dance arrangements are by David Chase (Billy Elliot).
"Eva Perón used her beauty and charisma to rise meteorically from the slums of Argentina to the presidential mansion as First Lady," according to production notes. "She won international acclaim and adoration from her own people as a champion of the poor, while glamour, power and greed made her the world’s first major political celebrity."
The revival featured songs from the original staging, such as "Don’t Cry for Me Argentina," "Buenos Aires," "Rainbow High" and "High Flying Adored," as well as "You Must Love Me," which was penned for the 1996 film adaptation.
Evita has music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice. Harold Prince staged the original London and New York productions. Elaine Paige earned an Olivier Award for creating the role in London. Patti LuPone, who starred in the 1979 Broadway staging, earned a Tony Award for her work alongside Tony winner Mandy Patinkin as Che. Evita also earned the 1980 Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Score, Best Book and Best Direction.
The revival received Tony nominations for Best Revival of a Musical, Best Featured Actor in a Musical (Michael Cerveris) and Best Choreographer (Rob Ashford).
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