Ben Forster Joins Cast of EVITA at Dominion Theatre
He shot to fame after winning the ITV show 'Superstar' which led him to front the UK arena tour of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's rock musical - and now Ben Forster is back and joining forces with musical theatre's greatest partnership once again.
Ben is to return to the West End stage to guest star in Evita in the role of Agustin Magaldi - Eva Peron's first love - when it reopens the refurbished Dominion Theatre on September 16th.
Ben is very excited about taking on this role, and said: "It is a huge privilege to take on such a fantastic part and in such a brilliant show!"
Ben became a household name in 2012 after winning the ITV show and landing the part of Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar for a spectacular UK tour which also starred Spice Girl Mel C, actor and musician Tim Minchin and DJ Chris Moyles. The following year he continued in the role, which had already won him critical acclaim, when it toured Australia before bringing it back to the UK.
In between these tours Ben starred as Brad Majors in the reinvented 40th Anniversary production of Richard O'Brien's classic hit The Rocky Horror Show, for which he received rave reviews and demonstrated the versatility in his performance skills.
Aged just 16, he won a scholarship to the prestigious Italia Conti Academy in London and a year later made his West End debut in the musical La Cava, staged by the famous Broccoli family. He was also in the original cast of Lennon and McCartney's All You Need Is Love and starred as part of the original cast in the hugely successful West End production, Thriller Live, taking the show from the London stage onto international tours.
With more than 20 major awards to its credit, and the Oscar winning film versionstarring Madonna and Antonio Banderas, Evita has become iconic. It features some of the most memorable and best loved songs in musical theatre, 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 Peron, wife of former Argentine dictator Juan Peron, from her humble beginnings through to the extraordinary wealth, power and iconic status which ultimately led her to be heralded as the 'spiritual leader of the nation'.