Following its run at London’s Dominion Theatre, Bill Kenwright’s production of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Evita will once again play in venues across the U.K., opening January 12, 2017, in Bromley.
Emma Hatton, who recently finished playing Elphaba in the West End production of Wicked, will star in the title role. She also performed the roles of Scaramouche and Meatloaf in We Will Rock You at the Dominion Theatre and Donna in the West End production of Dreamboats and Petticoats.
Making his U.K. debut is leading Italian performer Gian Marco Schiaretti, who will be taking on the role of Che. Schiaretti most recently played the title role in Disney’s Tarzan in Stuttgart. Prior to this, he played Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet across Italy.
Joining them will be Kevin Stephen-Jones, set to play Argentine President Juan Perón. His musical theatre credits include Cats, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, and Love Beyond.
The cast is completed by Oscar Balmaseda, Sarah O’Connor, Natalie Langston, George Arvidson, Lewis Barnshaw, Jessica Ellen, Callum Fitzgerald, Kellie Gnauck, Dominic Adam Griffin, Kate Leiper, Joe McCourt, Jude Neill, Chrissie Perkins, Oliver Slade, Matias Stegmann, and Yuval Zoref.
Evita, which premiered as a two-LP recording starring Julie Covington (Eva) and Colm Wilkinson (Che), features a score by Lloyd Webber (music) and 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. The Broadway revival co-starred Elena Roger, Ricky Martin, and Michael Cerveris.
Telling the story of Eva Perón, wife of former Argentine dictator Juan Perón, Evita, according to press notes, “follows Eva’s journey from humble beginnings through to extraordinary wealth, power and iconic status which ultimately lead her to be heralded as the ‘spiritual leader of the nation’ by the Argentine people.”
The upcoming tour will be directed by Bob Tomson and Bill Kenwright with designs by Matthew Wright, choreography by Bill Deamer, and sound design by Dan Samson.