EVITA National Tour to Run 7/8-13 at Benedum Center

EVITA National Tour to Run 7/8-13 at Benedum Center

Experience the passion and seduction in this elegant masterpiece - Tony Award-winning musical EVITA, July 8-13 at the Benedum Center.

Directed by Tony and Olivier Award-winner Michael Grandage and choreographed by Tony Award-winner Rob Ashford, this is the first new Broadway production of the seven-time Tony Award-winning musical, since it debuted on Broadway over 30 years ago. The New York Post said "The wait was worth it: packed with memorable tunes, EVITA is a MODERN MASTERPIECE!"

Eva Perón used her beauty and charisma to rise meteorically from the slums of Argentina to the presidential mansion as First Lady. Adored by her people as a champion for the poor, she became one of the most powerful women in the world - while her greed, outsized ambition and fragile health made her one of the most tragic. EVITA tells Eva's passionate and unforgettable true story, and features some of theater's most beautiful songs, including "Don't Cry for Me Argentina," "Another Suitcase in Another Hall" and "High Flying, Adored."

Produced by Hal Luftig, Scott Sanders and Troika Entertainment, the creative team includes tour director Seth Sklar-Heyn, tour choreographer Chris Bailey, Tony Award-winning scenic and costume designer Christopher Oram, Tony Award-winning lighting designer Neil Austin, Olivier Award-winning sound designer Mick Potter, wig and hair designer Richard Mawbey, projection designer Zachary Borovay, and music supervisor Kristen Blodgette, music director/conductor William Waldrop, orchestrations are by Andrew Lloyd Webber and David Cullen, and dance arrangements are by David Chase.

Caroline Bowman (Eva) Broadway: Kinky Boots (Original cast member), Wicked. Tours: Spamalot (Lady of the Lake), Fame: The Musical (Carmen), Grease (Rizzo). Workshops/Readings: Kinky Boots, Empire (Tanis). Graduate of Penn State University: BFA Musical Theatre. Originally from the Baltimore-Washington area.

Josh Young (Che) Josh received a 2012 Tony Award nomination and Theatre World Award for his critically acclaimed Broadway debut as "Judas" in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Jesus Christ Superstar directed by Des McAnuff. He appeared in two seasons at The Stratford Shakespeare Festival where his credits include: "Judas" in Jesus Christ Superstar, "Connie Rivers" in Grapes of Wrath, and "Che" in Evita directed by Gary Griffin, earning Broadway World Awards for each. Josh also appeared as "Marius" in the US National Tour of Les Miserables and "Tony" in the International Tour of West Side Story. Josh has performed in North America's finest regional theaters including La Jolla Playhouse, Walnut Street Theater, St. Louis MUNY, Baltimore Center Stage and North Carolina Theatre. He's been involved in new works with NYC's Roundabout Theatre Company, The Transport Group and The New York Musical Theater Festival. Josh is the co-founder of Cutting-Edge Composers (cuttingedgecomposers.com), a concert and weekly web series on broadwayworld.com, created to give exposure to musical theatre's next generation of songwriters. BFA Syracuse University.

Sean Maclaughlin (Perón) Was last seen on Broadway, US and Canada as Raoul in The Phantom of the Opera. Other Broadway Credits include: Bombay Dreams, the original casts of The Woman In White, and Elton John's Lestat. Off-Broadway: Tut (NYMF), Requiem for William, The Audience, and Baby: In Concert (Transport Group). Some favorite regional credits include: Camelot (Lancelot), The Rainmaker (Starbuck), The Rink (Dino), Floyd Collins (Homer), Violet (Monty), Kennedy Center's Sondheim Celebration: Merrily We Roll Along, and many more. Film/TV: "Something the Lord Made" (HBO), and "South Pacific Live from Carnegie Hall" (PBS).

Desi Oakley (Eva Alternate) Her Broadway credits include: Annie (Original Revival Cast), and Wicked. National Tour: Wicked, 1st and 2nd National Tours. Her favorite regional credits include: Ariel, The Little Mermaid; Eponine, Les Miserables, Music Theatre of Wichita. Desi was born and raised in Wichita, Kansas and earned her BFA in Musical Theatre from The University of Michigan.

Christopher Johnstone (Magaldi) Originally from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Christopher now resides in New York City and Los Angeles. He trained as an opera singer at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Tanglewood Music Center (under the baton of James Levine) and several young artists program including Glimmerglass YAAP. Christopher was a part of the 7-time, Tony Award-winning Lincoln Center production of South Pacific that toured the U.S. and Canada. Reprising the role of Lt. Cable at Ogunquit Playhouse landed him a nomination for Broadway World Boston's "Best Actor" award. Christopher continues to serve as a guest soloist for many orchestras including the Boston Pops, Long Beach Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Omaha Symphony and most recently the Houston Symphony's "100 Years of Broadway" alongside Rachel York and Christiane Noll. Other collaborations include numerous roles with Lyric Opera San Diego, The Mark Morris Dance Group and Carnegie Hall. TV appearances include: "All My Children," "Watch What's Happening LIVE," and "Personal Justice."

Krystina Alabado (Mistress, Ensemble) Broadway: Green Day's American Idiot. 1st National Tours: Spring Awakening, American Idiot (dir. Michael Mayer). Off-Broadway/Regional: Camp Wanatachi (La MaMa), Pregnancy Pact (Weston Playhouse, Yale), Table (written by David Shire and Adam Gopnick, Long Warf Theatre), Fall Springs (Ars Nova), Freckleface Strawberry (MMAC reading).

Evita is complete with a talented ensemble, including Chelsey Arce, Ryan K. Bailer, Nicholas Belton, Ronald L. Brown, Kristen Smith Davis, Maria Failla, Tony Howell, Eric Anthony Johnson, Chris Kotera, Ian Liberto, Alison Mahoney, Robin Masella, Megan Ort, Katerina Papacostas, Morgan Rose, Paige Silvester, Johnny Stellard, Matt Stokes, Sally Ann Swarm and Tug Watson.

Tickets start at $35.75 and are available online at pittsburghCLO.org, by calling 412-456-6666 or at the Box Office at Theater Square. Groups of 10 or more enjoy exclusive discounts and specialty packages. Call our Group Sales Hotline at 412-325-1582 for more information. Visit pittsburghCLO.org for further information.

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