Broadway actor Dee Roscioli, seen as Elphaba in the Broadway, Chicago, San Francisco, and national touring productions of the hit musical Wicked, will star in the title role of the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival's season opener, Evita.
The production 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.
Evita will be directed by PSF Associate Artistic Director Dennis Razze. Additional casting will be announced at a later time.
About playing the role of Eva Peron, Roscioli said in a statement, “Eva is one of those parts that is like a pot of gold for an actress...I can't wait to know her.”
“I am beyond thrilled that Dee Roscioli has accepted our offer to play Eva Peron in PSF’s upcoming production of Evita,” added director Razze. “She was a marvelous Mrs. Lovett in our production of Sweeney Todd, and I have no doubt her Eva will be magnificent. Dee is a terrific actress and possesses one of the best voices on Broadway.”
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. 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 will go on sale February 15 at www.pashakespeare.org or by calling (610) 282-9455. Discounts are available for subscribers, youth, and military.