Today Opera Australia Artistic Director Lyndon Terracini, along with producers John Frost and David Ian, announced the full cast for the upcoming Australian production of Evita.
Evita, scheduled to open at the Sydney Opera House in September this year, had previously announced Australia pop diva Tina Arena as the Eva Perón, while the remainder of the cast was announced today.
Juan Perón will be portrayed by Brazilian operatic baritone Paulo Szot. While Szot is primarily known for his work in Opera, he did win the 2008 Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical for Emile De Becque in South Pacific.
Kurt Kansley (The Lion King, Rent, Godspell, Show Boat) will take on the role of the revolutionary Che. Michael Falzon (We Will Rock You, Jesus Christ Superstar, Chess) will play tango singer Magaldi, while the role of Perón’s Mistress will be played by Alexis van Maanen.
Jemma Rix (WICKED, The Wizard of Oz) has been cast as the alternate Eva Perón and is currently scheduled to be appearing in the role at least once a week (the Wednesday 7:30pm show) throughout the Sydney season, according to the Evita website.
The ensemble cast includes 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, Thern Reynolds, Christopher Scalzo, David Sirianni, Tod Strike, Simon Tichelaar, Dean Vince, Rachael Ward and Paul Whiteley.
“We are thrilled to have assembled such a sensational talented cast to play opposite Tina Arena in this renowned production of EVITA,” said the producers.
“The original West End and Broadway version of this truly iconic musical was a landmark theatrical event, and we can’t wait to present it with this incredible group of performers. Andrew Lloyd Webber, Tim Rice and Hal Prince are legends of musical theatre; it gets no better than this.”
Tickets are now on sale. For more information and ticket details visit: evitathemusical.com.au