Evita Soars at Bay Street Theater
Thrilling revival of classic Andrew Lloyd Webber musical soars at Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor.
By: Patrick Christiano
August 5, 2018: The thrilling revival of Evita, the classic biography of Eva Peron with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, soars through the rafters at Bay Street with a luminous staging by Will Pomerantz, also the Associate Artistic Director of Bay Street Theater. He impeccably incorporates every element into a visually lush evening that scores emotionally as well as musically. His Latin American cast is sensational led by a radiant Arianna Rosario as Eva, with a sensual Trent Saunders as Che and a strong Omar Lopez-Cepero as Peron. Pomerantz has able assistance from Marcos Santana’s spirited choreography, and Anna Louizos’ imaginative set that transforms the theater into a working-class tango bar in Buenos Aires circa 1962.
This revival of the 1978 classic, originally staged by Harold Prince, takes a new look at the iconic Eva Perón’s ascent to the First Lady of Argentina. Her story, under Pomerantz’ guidance, feels equally relevant today, 40 years after Perón’s tragic death from cancer at the age of 33, resonating with themes of politics and women’s empowerment.
Bay Street, under Artistic Director Scott Schwartz, has developed a signature treatment for large-scale musicals, by adapting them into an intimate experience in a thrust theater that gives the audience an up close and personal view of the action without losing any of the grandness of the musical. Evita’s classic score has some of Webber and Rice’s biggest hits, including “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina,” “High Flying, Adored” and “Another Suitcase in Another Hall.”
The cast features Arianna Rosario as Eva Perón, Trent Saunders as Che, Omar Lopez-Cepero as Peron, Kyle Barisich as Magaldi and Gabi Campo as The Mistress. Ensemble members are Julian Alvarez, Edgar Cavazos, Lauren Csete, Elisa Galindez, Danelle Rivera, Juan Guillen, Jose Ozuna, Dakota Quackenbush, and Carolina Santos Read.
The creative team also includes Aaron Jodoin (Music Supersior), Mike Billings (Lighting Designer), Lindsay Davis (Costume Designer), Jon Weston (Sound Design), Andrew Diaz and (Prop Designer).
Scott Schwartz said “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. In Will Pomerantz and Marcos Santana’s dance-filled, visionary new production, the audience will be transported to a gritty Argentinean tango club… I know Evita will be a thrilling theatrical event unlike any we’ve presented before.”
From his lips to God’s ears, mission accomplished!
Evita will run at Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor through September 2.. To purchase tickets or for more information call the Box Office at 631-725-9500 or purchase online at www.baystreet.org
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 Tuesday, July 31 at 7 pm, sponsored by Sotheby’s International Realty. Previews of EVITA are July 31 – August 3, and are sponsored by Peconic Landing.
“Talkback Tuesdays” with members of the EVITA cast will take place 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. On Sunday, August 19, Bay Street invites members of its LGBTQ audience to the 2 pm performance, with special after party to follow.
Photography: Lenny Stucker