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THEATRICAL THROWBACK THURSDAY: EVITA's 35th Broadway BirthdayTHEATRICAL THROWBACK THURSDAY: EVITA's 35th Broadway Birthday
by Pat Cerasaro - Oct 2, 2014

Today we are celebrating 35 years of one of Broadway's most iconic musicals and turning our attention to a popular and recognizable show featuring one of the most memorable title roles in history, EVITA. (more...)

Tim Rice & Elaine Page on the Origin of EVITA; From Inception, to the Stage, to MadonnaTim Rice & Elaine Page on the Origin of EVITA; From Inception, to the Stage, to Madonna
by BWW News Desk - Sep 9, 2014

EVITA, Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's 1978 master class musical, has enjoyed runs internationally, two on Broadway and two in London, with a third on the way at the Dominion Theatre. But the process of bringing it to the stage, which Rice and original West End star Elaine Page detail in a new series of essays with The Guardian, was challenging, invigorating, and began on a 'late night in 1973.' (more...)

Rufus Wainwright To Perform 'Argentina' At TIM RICE - A LIFE IN SONG, July 8Rufus Wainwright To Perform 'Argentina' At TIM RICE - A LIFE IN SONG, July 8
by BWW News Desk - Jun 13, 2014

Rufus Wainwright will perform Don't Cry for Me, Argentina at Tim Rice - A Life In Song, at a special show celebrating the life and work of one of our most admired lyricists at the Royal Festival Hall in London on July 8th. (more...)

'EVITA' Broadway National Tour Comes to Shea's in Buffalo June 10th; Stratford Festival Star and Tony Nominee Josh Young Recreates His Acclaimed Performance as Che'EVITA' Broadway National Tour Comes to Shea's in Buffalo June 10th; Stratford Festival Star and Tony Nominee Josh Young Recreates His Acclaimed Performance as Che
by Toronto Newsdesk - Jun 3, 2014

It was like a scene from Neil Simon's “The Sunshine Boys.” `I came from the people; they need to adore me /So Christian Dior me from my head to my toes.' What kind of a lyric is that?” kvetched lyricist Fred Ebb as he got into the taxi. “You remembered it,” quipped his songwriting partner, composer John Kander, with a shrug. The song? “Rainbow High.” The show? “Evita.” (more...)

BWW Interviews: THE WAR OF THE WORLDS' Creator Jeff Wayne Talks Burton, Neeson And More!BWW Interviews: THE WAR OF THE WORLDS' Creator Jeff Wayne Talks Burton, Neeson And More!
by Carrie Dunn - May 2, 2014

BWW:UK editor-in-chief Carrie Dunn speaks to the doyen of the concept album about The War of the Worlds live arena tour, this year starring Jason Donovan, Brian McFadden, Carrie Hope Fletcher and Shayne Ward - as well as a holographic Liam Neeson. (more...)

Marti Webb Joins David Essex In One-Night-Only GODSPELL!Marti Webb Joins David Essex In One-Night-Only GODSPELL!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 11, 2014

Marti Webb, who recently returned to the West End in triumph in her seminal musical, Tell Me on a Sunday, has confirmed she will reunite with David Essex and other original members of the rock musical Godspell at the Lyric Theatre on Monday 19 May. (more...)

InDepth InterView: Lesley Nicol On DOWNTON ABBEY Season Four, Playing Mrs. Patmore, MAMMA MIA!, DOWNTON Musical? & MoreInDepth InterView: Lesley Nicol On DOWNTON ABBEY Season Four, Playing Mrs. Patmore, MAMMA MIA!, DOWNTON Musical? & More
by Pat Cerasaro - Dec 23, 2013

Today we are talking to a standout star of the internationally adored period-set drama series DOWNTON ABBEY all about her unforgettable character on the show as well as what we can expect from the highly anticipated upcoming extended Christmas episode - the convivial Lesley Nicol. Looking back at an incredibly accomplished career thus far, Nicol shares some insights on her favorite TV and film roles to date while also casting a glance back at some of her most memorable stage performances - as an original cast member of the inaugural West End JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR as well as a multi-year run in long-running hi MAMMA MIA! included. Most importantly, Nicol outlines the finer points of her charming and committed characterization of the belabored chef of Downton Abbey itself and imparts her enthusiasm and enjoyment with the delectable and dramatic storylines conjured up by creator Julian Fellowes as well as shares some of her own favorite scene partners and events in the show's rich history. Additionally, Nicol clues us in on this year's Christmas ep and her own impressions of this year's sequence of events just as US viewers gear up for the first stateside showings of Season 4, starting in early 2014. Plus, Nicol looks ahead to DOWNTON ABBEY Season 5, set to film in 2014, and beyond. All of that and much, much more awaits! (more...)

FLASH FRIDAY: GUYS & DOLLS Gets Dolled Up For Carnegie Hall With A High Stakes CastFLASH FRIDAY: GUYS & DOLLS Gets Dolled Up For Carnegie Hall With A High Stakes Cast
by Pat Cerasaro - Nov 8, 2013

Featuring a classic score overflowing with standards and a certain rat-a-tat syncopation and sassy style all its own, Frank Loesser's indelible musical comedy GUYS & DOLLS is one of the greatest musicals of all time and the incredibly exciting cast just announced for the upcoming Carnegie Hall concert is icing on the cake insofar as an ideal presentation of it - Nathan Lane as Nathan Detroit, Megan Mullally as Adelaide, Patrick Wilson as Sky Masterson and Sierra Boggess as Sarah Brown. (more...)

Photo Flash: Caroline Bowman, Josh Young, Sean MacLaughlin and More Celebrate EVITA Opening at the Pantages!Photo Flash: Caroline Bowman, Josh Young, Sean MacLaughlin and More Celebrate EVITA Opening at the Pantages!
by BWW News Desk - Oct 26, 2013

EVITA has returned to L.A. by way of Hollywood Pantages for a limited three week engagement, now through November 10, 2013. Directed by Tony and Olivier Award-winner Michael Grandage and choreographed by Tony Award-winner Rob Ashford, this national touring production comes directly from the first new Broadway revival of the seven-time Tony Award-winning musical, since it debuted on Broadway over 30 years ago. Below, BroadwayWorld has photos from the the opening night red carpet! (more...)

Photo Flash: EVITA Celebrates Opening at the PantagesPhoto Flash: EVITA Celebrates Opening at the Pantages
by BWW News Desk - Oct 25, 2013

EVITA will return to L.A. by way of Hollywood Pantages for a limited three week engagement, now through November 10, 2013. Directed by Tony and Olivier Award-winner Michael Grandage and choreographed by Tony Award-winner Rob Ashford, this national touring production comes directly from the first new Broadway revival of the seven-time Tony Award-winning musical, since it debuted on Broadway over 30 years ago. BroadwayWorld has photos of the starry opening night arrivals below! (more...)

EVITA Begins Performances This Week at the PantagesEVITA Begins Performances This Week at the Pantages
by BWW News Desk - Oct 21, 2013

Producers Hal Luftig, Scott Sanders, Troika Entertainment & The Nederlander Organization have announced that EVITA will return to L.A. by way of Hollywood Pantages for a limited three week engagement; October 23 - November 10, 2013. (more...)

InDepth InterView Exclusive: Colm Wilkinson Talks LES MISERABLES, PHANTOM, EVITA, Concerts & A Return to the Stage?InDepth InterView Exclusive: Colm Wilkinson Talks LES MISERABLES, PHANTOM, EVITA, Concerts & A Return to the Stage?
by Pat Cerasaro - Apr 4, 2013

Today we are talking to the originator of Jean Valjean in LES MISERABLES onstage and a preeminent Phantom (and the first to actually play the role) in THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA who has clearly made a major mark with his performances in the theatre - not to mention his work on the original concept albums of EVITA and JEKYLL & HYDE - who now makes the leap to the big screen in his featured role in the super-successful feature film iteration of the Claude-Michel Schonberg/Alain Boublil musical based on the Victor Hugo novel - the titanically talented Colm Wilkinson. Opening up about his work in the original Royal Shakespeare Company production of LES MISERABLES and his collaboration with the creative team and cast of actors as well as his association with producer Cameron Mackintosh, director Trevor Nunn and more, Wilkinson details the finer points of creating one of the modern musical theatre's most memorable characters, from his first audition through to the West End, Broadway and beyond. Additionally, Wilkinson reveals all about shooting the feature film version, with Broadway/Hollywood superstar Hugh Jackman taking over the leading role and whether he would consider taking on another character in the show after having essaying Jean Valjean onstage and the Monsignor onscreen - maybe Javert? Plus, Wilkinson shares backstage stories involving fellow theatrical luminaries like Trevor Nunn, Tim Rice, Andrew Lloyd Webber and more in this career-spanning conversation with one of the mega-musical era's most major of stars - - all of that and much, much more awaits! (more...)

EVITA Fails to Recoup Investment on BroadwayEVITA Fails to Recoup Investment on Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Jan 28, 2013

Evita concluded its Broadway run on Saturday night, January 26, and according to Bloomberg.com the show failed to recoup its initial investment. The production, which cost $9.6 million would have had to run for 63 weeks to break even- instead it closed after 46 weeks. (more...)

BWW Flashback: EVITA Dances Final Tango on BroadwayBWW Flashback: EVITA Dances Final Tango on Broadway
by BWW Special Coverage - Jan 26, 2013

A few months ago, producers Hal Luftig and Scott Sanders announced that Grammy Award-winning international pop icon Ricky Martin as Che, Olivier Award-winning Argentinean actress Elena Roger as Eva Perón and Tony Award-winner Michael Cerveris as Juan Perón would play their final performance on Saturday, January 26, 2013. At that time, it was announced as well that the should would be announcing new stars and the production would be continuing its run. Later, they have revealed that the show will play its final performance on Saturday, January 26, tonight, after 26 previews and 337 regular performances. (more...)

FLASH SPECIAL: Top Ten EVITA Revival Replacements That Never WereFLASH SPECIAL: Top Ten EVITA Revival Replacements That Never Were
by Pat Cerasaro - Dec 16, 2012

One of the most deliciously juicy parlor games employed by Broadway babies the world round is fantasy casting - the man who made a mint off of sports fans and fantasy football was not too far off, after all, even when it comes to theatre lovers - and one of the most delectable of musicals to discuss, debate, dissect and deliberate upon insofar as its rich casting possibilities, now and then (and always), is Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's EVITA. With the news of producers announcing this week that the lucrative 2011 revival of the 1979 seven-time Tony Award-winning tuner would be closing at the end of January in lieu of replacing stars Elena Roger, Ricky Martin and Michael Cerveris, though they had previously announced forthcoming star replacements, the interest in what might have been reached a fever pitch. The New York Times reported Friday night that among the replacements considered for the role of fiery revolutionary Che - interpreted as more "an everyman" (their words) in this production as opposed to a Che Guevera homage like Hal Prince's original with Mandy Patinkin in the role (winning a well-earned Tony Award for his efforts; as did original Eva, Patti LuPone) - were no less than Broadway marquee name Raul Esparza and West End notable Ramin Karimloo, but also international pop star Enrique Iglesias, THE CAPEMAN on Broadway lead Marc Anthony and movie star/NINE revival headliner Antonio Banderas. Evidently, among the leading ladies considered or even outright offered for the role of Eva were GLEE star Lea Michele and LITTLE MERMAID and PHANTOM 25's Sierra Boggess, with the other candidates seemingly most likely for the role according to Broadway insiders to be former WICKED and GLEE superstar Idina Menzel (who purportedly turned down the West End revival upon which this Broadway edition was based), Tony Award-winning WEST SIDE STORY revival standout Karen Olivo (who is currently otherwise occupied with MURDER BALLAD) and AMERICAN IDOL winner and IN THE HEIGHTS replacement player Jordin Sparks (who appears to now be primarily concerned with her movie career). Whether or not any of these Ches or Evas would have ever actually materialized is anyone's guess, though the mere idea of many of these names in those roles certainly inspires some seriously enticing holiday day-dreaming, no? (more...)

Breaking News: EVITA to Close on January 26, 2013 when Stars Martin, Roger & Cerveris Depart Instead of RecastingBreaking News: EVITA to Close on January 26, 2013 when Stars Martin, Roger & Cerveris Depart Instead of Recasting
by BWW News Desk - Dec 11, 2012

At that time, it was announced as well that the should would be announcing new stars and the production would be continuing its run. Now, they have revealed that the show will play its final performance on Saturday, January 26, 2013, after 26 previews and 337 regular performances. (more...)

Breaking News: Ricky Martin, Elena Roger & Michael Cerveris to Depart EVITA January 26, 2013; New Stars to Be AnnouncedBreaking News: Ricky Martin, Elena Roger & Michael Cerveris to Depart EVITA January 26, 2013; New Stars to Be Announced
by BWW News Desk - Nov 26, 2012

This record-breaking, Tony-nominated production of Tim Rice's and Andrew Lloyd Webber's landmark musical will continue its open-ended run following the original stars' departure. The new stars will be announced at a later date. (more...)

Max Von Essen Steps Into EVITA as 'Che,' Tonight Through 8/11Max Von Essen Steps Into EVITA as 'Che,' Tonight Through 8/11
by BWW News Desk - Aug 10, 2012

Max von Essen is scheduled to again step into the role of 'Che' for six performances, August 6-11, in the new Broadway production of EVITA while Ricky Martin is on vacation. (more...)

Max Von Essen Steps Into EVITA as 'Che,' Tonight Through 8/11Max Von Essen Steps Into EVITA as 'Che,' Tonight Through 8/11
by BWW News Desk - Aug 6, 2012

Max von Essen is scheduled to again step into the role of 'Che' for six performances, August 6-11, in the new Broadway production of EVITA while Ricky Martin is on vacation. (more...)

New Broadway Cast Recording of EVITA Debuts at #1New Broadway Cast Recording of EVITA Debuts at #1
by BWW News Desk - Jul 12, 2012

MASTERWORKS BROADWAY announces that the New Broadway Cast Recording of Evita hasdebuted at #1 on Billboard's Cast Album chart. Produced by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Nigel Wright with Tim Rice as Executive Producer, this is the first complete English language stage recording of the show since the original 1979 Broadway cast album. (more...)

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