Bay Street Theater Announces Rehearsals for “Evita” Have Begun

Cast of “Evita” with director Will Pomerantz. (Photo Credit: Barry Gordin)

Bay Street Theater and Sag Harbor Center for the Arts is pleased to announce that rehearsals have begun for EVITA, a revival of the revolutionary musical with lyrics by Tim Rice and music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; directed by Will Pomerantz; and choreographed by Marcos Santana. The production will run from July 31 – August 26, 2018. Single tickets are on sale now. To purchase, call the Box Office at 631-725-9500 or purchase online at www.baystreet.org.

This revival of EVITA will take a new look at the iconic Eva Perón and her ascent to the top as the First Lady of Argentina. Bay Street Theater will offer its signature treatment of a large-scale musical–an intimate experience in a thrust theater that allows the audience to get closer to the iconic characters and dig deep into the world of and story of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s masterpiece. The classic score features some of Webber and Rice’s biggest hits, including “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina,” “High Flying, Adored” and “Another Suitcase in Another Hall.”

EVITA stars Arianna Rosario (On Your Feet, Cats, West Side Story) as Eva Perón, Trent Saunders (Aladdin, American Idiot Tour) as Che, Omar Lopez-Cepero (On Your Feet, American Idiot, American Idol Finalist) as Perón, Kyle Barisich (The Phantom of the Opera, Bay Street’s My Fair Lady) as Magaldi, and Gabi Campo (The Prom on Broadway – upcoming) as The Mistress. Ensemble members are Julian Alvarez, Edgar Cavazos, Lauren Csete, Elisa Galindez, Juan Guillen, Jose Ozuna, Dakota Quackenbush, and Carolina Santos Read and Danelle Rivera.

Other members of the creative team include Aaron Jodoin (Music Supervisor), Anna Louizos (Set Designer), Mike Billings (Lighting Designer), Lindsay Davis (Costume Designer), Jon Weston (Sound Designer), Andrew Diaz (Prop Designer),Robert Bennett (Production Stage Manager), Denise Yaney (Assistant Stage Manager), and Stewart/Whitley (Casting).

“Ever since joining Bay Street as Artistic Director, I have dreamt of bringing the brilliant musical Evita to our stage. So, the summer of 2018 is truly a dream come true for me!” says Bay Street Theater Artistic Director Scott Schwartz, “In Will Pomerantz and Marcos Santana’s dance-filled, visionary new production, the audience will be transported to a gritty Argentinean tango club where they will get closer to the iconic characters and beloved score than ever before. With a dazzling cast and first class design team, I know Evita will be a thrilling theatrical event unlike any we’ve presented before.”

The 2018 Mainstage Season is made accessible for all through special ticket offers such as “$30 under 30”, which offers $30 tickets to individuals under 30 years old (sponsored by Corcoran), and “$20 under 20”, which offers $20 tickets to individuals under 20 years old. Bay Street Theater also offers Free Student tickets for all Sunday matinee performances (Student ID required) and will host a “Pay What You Can” performance of EVITA on July 31 at 7 pm, sponsored by Sotheby’s International Realty. Previews of EVITA are July 31 – August 3, which are sponsored by Peconic Landing. On Sunday, August 19, Bay Street invites members of its LGBTQ audience to the 2 pm performance, with special after party to follow.

“Talkback Tuesdays” with members of the EVITA cast will be on Tuesdays August 7, 14, and 21, immediately following the performances. After the evening performances on Saturdays and Sundays August 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, and 26, guests are invited to stay after the performance for a sing-a-long night in Bay Street Theater’s lobby, in which guests can sing songs from the show together with piano accompaniment.

Arianna Rosario (Eva) is excited to be making her Bay Street debut in a dream role opposite her future husband! She was most recently seen as Carla in The Kennedy Center’s production of In The Heights. Other credits include, Broadway/Tour: CATS (Sillabub), On Your Feet! (u/s Gloria), Cinderella, West Side Story (Fernanda; u/s Maria, Anita, Rosalia, Anybodys) Regional: Buddy Holly (Maria Elena, Ogunquit Playhouse), West Side Story (Anita, Opera North).

Trent Saunders (Che) couldn’t be more thrilled to be making his Bay Street Theater debut! He was just recently seen in Aladdin the Musical at the New Amsterdam Theater in New York, where he will be returning in the fall (Ensemble. u/s Aladdin, u/Babkak). Prior credits also include American Idiot (St. Jimmy) and Newton’s Cradle (Michael) at NYMF.

Omar Lopez-Cepero (Perón) is beyond thrilled to share the stage opposite his future wife playing her stage husband. He was most recently seen as Sky Masterson in the TUTS Latin-Version of Guys and Dolls. Other notable credits include original cast member of On Your Feet as Warren and playing the role of Emilio Estefan over 60 times. Broadway/New York City: American Idiot (Original Broadway Cast), The Capeman (Public Theater), Foreverman (Will Timeson, NYMF). Regional:Unsinkable Molly Brown (Larry Brown, MUNY & Denver Center), Les Misérables (Marius, Fulton Theater), Pirates of Penzance (Frederick, The Marriott) TV: The Detour, Vegas, Blue Bloods. Proud UMIAMI graduate.

For more information or to purchase single tickets, log on to www.baystreet.org or call the Box Office at 631-725-9500, which is currently open daily from 11 am – showtime.

Bay Street Theater & Sag Harbor Center for the Arts is a year-round, not-for-profit professional theater and community cultural center which endeavors to innovate, educate, and entertain a diverse community through the practice of the performing arts. We serve as a social and cultural gathering place, an educational resource, and a home for a community of artists.

Edited by: JV Staff

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