Broadway vets Max Von Essen and Rachel Potter will join the cast of the upcoming Evita revival as Magaldi and Mistress, respectively. They join previously announced stars Ricky Martin (Che), Elena Roger (Eva Peron) and Michael Cerveris (Juan Peron). The Andrew Lloyd Webber/Tim Rice musical, directed by Michael Grandage and choreographed by Rob Ashford, will begin performances March 12 at the Marquis Theatre. Opening night is set for April 5.
Rounding out the Evita cast will be Ashley Amber, George Lee Andrews, Wendi Bergamini, Eric L. Christian, Kristine Covillo, Colin Cunliffe, Margot de La Barre, Bradley Dean, Melanie Field, Jennie Ford, Bahiyah Sayyed Gaines, Constantine Germanacos, Laurel Harris, Nick Kenkel, Brad Little, Erica Mansfield, Emily Mechler, Sydney Morton, Jessica Lea Patty, Aleks Pevec, Kristie Dale Sanders, Timothy Shew, Michaeljon Slinger, Johnny Stellard, Alex Michael Stoll, Daniel Torres and Matt Wall. In addition, Christina DeCicco will serve as the alternate/standby for Eva Perón.
Evita features a score by Lloyd Webber and book and lyrics by Rice. The story of the charismatic and glamorous first lady of Argentina, the show opened on Broadway in 1979 and won seven Tonys, including Best Musical and acting awards for original stars Patti LuPone, Mandy Patinkin and Bob Gunton.
Von Essen has been seen on Broadway in Les Miserables, Dance of the Vampires and Jesus Christ Superstar. His other stage credits include Death Takes a Holiday, Jerry Springer: The Opera, Finian’s Rainbow, The Fantasticks, Mame and The Baker’s Wife. Potter made her Broadway debut in The Addams Family. Her other stage credits include the Wicked national tour, MTV’s Legally Blonde: The Search for Elle Woods, La Chuisa’s The Wild Party and High School Musical. DeCicco has been seen on Broadway in Sister Act, off-Broadway in The Marvelous Wonderettes and regionally in Les Misérables, Tartuffe, Urinetown, West Side Story, Beauty and the Beast and Sunset Boulevard.
The creative team for Evita will feature scenic and costume designer Christopher Oram, lighting designer Neil Austin, sound designer Mick Potter, wig and hair designer Richard Mawbey, projection designer Zachary Borovay and music supervisor/director Kristen Blodgette.