Way off Broadway Dinner Theatre: Opens Webber's Evita January 16th
ATTACHED IMAGE - Sarah Melinda as Eva, Chad W. Fornwalt as Peron
Way off Broadway Dinner Theatre
Opens Webber's Evita January 16th
Frederick, MD: It has thirty years since Andrew Lloyd Webber's soaring masterpiece Evita first opened on Broadway and over twenty years since it appeared on stage in the Frederick area. On Jaunary 16th the legend finally returns when Evita opens The Way Off Broadway Dinner Theatre's 2009 Season. At the same time, it will also mark the beginning of the theatre's 15th Anniversary Season.
Evita, Webber's dramatic musical about the life and rise to power of Eva Peron, has not appeared in Frederick in over twenty years. Argentina's controversial former First Lady is at the center of this dynamic musical masterpiece. As an illegitimate fifteen year old, Eva escaped her dirt-poor existence for the bright lights of Buenos Aires. Driven by ambition and blessed with charisma, she was a starlet at twenty-two, the president's mistress at twenty-four, First Lady at twenty-seven, and dead at thirty-three. Eva Peron "saint to the working-class, reviled by the aristocracy and mistrusted by the military" was destined to leave a fascinating political legacy unique in the 20th century. Her life story, coming from nothing to being the most influential and revered woman in South America, makes for one of the most powerful musicals ever to find its way to the stage.
Filling the principles roles for Way Off Broadway's production are Sarah Melinda as Eva, Jordan Stocksdale as Che, and Chad W. Fornwalt making his WOB debut as Argentine President Juan Peron.
Filling out company for Evita are Jonny Kigin as Augustine Magaldi and Ursula Anderman as Peron's Mistress with an ensemble that includes Ann Davis, Laura Harvey, Dan Henderson, Ryan Patrick Kane, Jackie Kempa, Miranda Marsh-McDonald Amy Chase Martin, Zane Oberholzer, Keith Purtee, Jeremy Trammelle, and Gretchen Wright.
Evita has music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice. Way Off Broadway's production is directed by Bill Kiska with choreography by Amanda Parker Kim and musical direction by Eric Seebach.
Performances will run from January 16th through March 15th, every Friday and Saturday evening, with Sunday matinees on the 1st, third, and 5th Sunday of each month, and Sunday early evening performance on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month. Ticket prices on a Friday evening are $43; Saturday evening $45; Sunday matinee or evening $41. Tickets for the opening night performance of Evita as well as, the opening nights of The Wedding Singer, Cats, and The Producers, are being offered at a special "Preview Price" of $35 per person.
In the spring, Evita will be followed by a regional theater premiere production of the musical comedy The Wedding Singer. The summer will welcome the classic Cats, perfect for the whole family, at one time it was the longest running musical on Broadway. The fall will bring another first, one full of laughs, with Mel Brooks' The Producers; a show that holds the record for winning the most Tony Awards in a single year. For the holidays, the original Another Radio Christmas, the sequel to 2005's An Old Fashioned (Radio) Christmas, will close out the season.
For information on all of Way Off Broadway's productions, including its Children's Theatre and Actors' Studio Youth Theatre Class and Summer Camp, visit www.wayoffbroadway.com or for tickets contact the Box Office directly at (301) 662-6600.
For additional press inquiries, contact Justin M. Kiska by phone at 301-662-6600 or E-mail: JKiska@wayoffbroadway.com.