Regent’s Park Theatre have today confirmed full casting for their production of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Evita.
Opening on 2 August, Evita is the fastest selling production in the theatre’s history, and two additional matinee performances have been added, due to demand, on Wednesday 21 August and Wednesday 28 August*.
Evita is produced by William Village and Timothy Sheader for Regent’s Park Theatre Ltd by special arrangement with The Really Useful Group Limited.
As Agustín Magaldi, Adam Pearce joins the already announced casting of Samantha Pauly (Eva Perón), Ektor Rivera (Juan Perón), Trent Saunders (Che) and Frances Mayli McCann (The Mistress).
The cast also includes: Alexander Barria, Felipe Bejarano, Alex Cardall, Russell Dickson, Lauren Drew, Hannah Fairclough, Chris Fung, Chlöe Hart, Travis Kerry, Jessica Lee, Dale Mathurin, Peter Nash, Sarah Naudi, Mireia Mambo, Marsha Songcome, Bree Smith, Monica Swayne, Oliver Tester, Amy Thornton, Jon Tsourasand Rodney Vubya. Four children alternate at each performance: Saffia Layla, Ava Masters, Chanai Owusu-Ansah and Ellicia Simondwood.
Evita premiered in the West End in 1978, and features a chart-topping score includingDon’t Cry For Me Argentina, Oh! What A Circus, Another Suitcase in Another Hall, and the Academy Award-winning You Must Love Me, originally performed by Madonna in the motion picture.
Chicago-based Samantha Pauly* makes her UK debut in the role of Eva Perón, direct from her performance in SIX (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre) and as Valkyrie in Bat Out Of Hell (US Tour). She appears alongside Ektor Rivera, also making his UK debut, having recently played Emilio Estefan in On Your Feet! on Broadway and US Tour. In addition to lead roles in Rent, Hairsprayand High School Musical, Ektor was selected by Jennifer López to be one of the lead singers in the US Television and Live showQ’Viva! The Chosen, which was seen by over 30 million television viewers.
* Please note that Samantha Pauly will not appear at the matinee performances on 21 & 28 August.
An original Broadway cast member ofDisney’s Aladdin – where he has been performing on and off for the last 5 years -Trent Saunders returns to the UK in the role of Che following his appearance as St. Jimmy in Green Day’s American Idiot(Hammersmith Apollo). Nominated for an Olivier Award for her role as Kylah in Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour, Frances Mayli McCann plays the role of The Mistress.
Adam Pearce takes the role of Agustín Magaldi having recently appeared in the World Premiere of Local Hero, a co-production between the Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh and The Old Vic. He also played Max Von Meyerling in Sunset Boulevard (UK Tour) and appeared in The Light Princess (National Theatre), Sweeney Todd (Adelphi/Chichester Festival), Love Never Dies and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Adelphi).
Evita is directed by Jamie Lloyd, who is joined by Soutra Gilmour (Designer), Fabian Aloise (Choreographer), Alan Williams (Musical Supervisor), Jon Clark(Lighting Designer), Nick Lidster for Autograph (Sound Designer), Barbara Houseman (Season Associate Director, Voice and Text) and Kate Waters (Fight Director). Casting is by Will Burton CDG for DGA, and US casting by Tara Rubin Casting.
Following their productions of Our Town and, in a co-production with English National Opera, Hansel and Gretel, the 2019 season at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre also includes A Midsummer Night’s Dream (28 June – 27 July). Their multi award-winning production of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Jesus Christ Superstar plays a limited 60-performance season at the Barbican from 4 July.