Opera Australia Artistic Director Lyndon Terracini, Australian impresario John Frost and leading UK theatre producer David Ian have announced the 18 young performers who have been cast in the upcoming production of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s EVITA at the Sydney Opera House from September.
Three sets of six children will alternate in ensemble roles. The young actors are Jack Barton (aged 10, of Maroubra), Alysiah Carlino (12, Alfords Point), Julien Daher (8, Queens Park), Jacob Drew (11, Mosman), Paige Hewlett (9, Balgowlah), BeBe Liu-Brennan (8, Strathfield), Robbi Morgan (9, Hornsby), Allerah Murdock (10, Condell Park), William Oakley (12, Woodcroft), Pamelia Papacosta (11, Earlwood), Benjamin Park (10, Strathfield), Sara Petrovski (11, Peakhurst), Raffaella Reid (8, Bellevue Hill), Avaleigh Rock (10, Hurstville Grove), Amelie Rose (9, Allambie Heights), Austin Taylor (10, Balgowlah), Oliver Trus (10, Darlinghurst) and Zoe Zantey (9, Sans Souci).
One of the most celebrated musicals of all time, the original West End and Broadway production of EVITA, directed by Hal Prince, will return to Australia from 13 September this year, playing at the Joan Sutherland Theatre at the Sydney Opera House for a strictly limited seven week season, before heading to Melbourne in December for a season in the State Theatre – Arts Centre Melbourne.
The children will be joining a stellar cast led by Australian singer, songwriter and musical theatre star Tina Arena who will play the role of Eva Perón, opera superstar Paulo Szot as Juan Perón, and Kurt Kansley as the young revolutionary Che. Michael Falzon will play tango singer Magaldi, while the role of Perón’s Mistress will be played by Alexis van Maanen, making her professional debut. Jemma Rix will be the Eva Perón Alternate at certain performances.
Completing the cast are Justin Anderson, Anton Berezin, Michael Camilleri, Olivia Carniato, Rachel Cole, Alie Coste, Jade Coutts, Kristian Crowe, Todd Dewberry, Rodney Dobson, Samantha Dodemaide, Laura Field, Zoy Frangos, Ashleigh Gurnett, Kate Maree Hoolihan, Georgina Hopson, Thomas Johansson, Kathleen Moore, Thern Reynolds, Christopher Scalzo, David Sirianni, Tod Strike, Simon Tichelaar, Dean Vince, Rachael Ward and Paul Whiteley.
Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s EVITA is iconic, with more than 20 major awards to its credit including the Olivier and Tony Awards for Best Musical, a Golden Globe and an Oscar for the film version starring Madonna and Antonio Banderas.
Featuring some of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s best loved songs including Don’t Cry For Me Argentina, On This Night of a Thousand Stars, You Must Love Me and Another Suitcase in Another Hall – EVITA charts the story of Eva Perón, wife of former Argentine dictator Juan Perón, from her humble beginnings through to the extraordinary wealth, power and status which ultimately led her to be heralded as the ‘spiritual leader of the nation’.
Legendary Broadway director Hal Prince has won 21 Tony Awards, more than any person in history. Hal Prince will be joined by fellow original West End creative team members including choreographer Larry Fuller and designer Timothy O’Brien.
This musical captured the attention of the public when it was first staged in 1978 and in its 40th year and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s 70th year, Opera Australia, John Frost and David Ian are thrilled to bring this “modern masterpiece” (New York Post) to Australia in all its original glory.
EVITA plays the Joan Sutherland Theatre – Sydney Opera House from 13 September, before playing Arts Centre Melbourne from 5 December. Due to demand, new tickets for the Sydney season go on sale on Friday 27 July, with pre-sales commencing from 23 July 2018. For more information, visit: www.evitathemusical.com.au for details.
Image: Some of Children who will join the Sydney Cast of EVITA (supplied)