October 16 - November 1, 2015
Fridays at 8pm, Saturdays at 4pm & 8pm, Sundays at 2pm
at MUSIC THEATRE OF CONNECTICUT
509 Westport Avenue (Route 1) in Norwalk
(Click here for directions)
Note: This production contains adult language and situations, and is suggested for children 11 and up. Children under 6 will not be admitted.
MTC MainStage presents
Lyrics by Tim Rice
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber
with Donald E. Birely, Corinne C. Broadbent,
Christopher DeRosa, Matt Greenberg, Tyler Keller,
Daniel C. Levine, Rachel MacIsaac, Carissa Massaro, Christopher Hudson Myers and Katerina Papacostas
MTC Students appearing in EVITA:
(October 16-18 performances:) Rica Monaghan, Raquel Paie, Madeleine Tansley, (October 23-25 performances:) Ariana Brodows, Jonah Frimmer, Jolie Shey, (October 30-November 1 performances:) Jonah Frimmer, Cessa Lewis, Rica Monaghan, Hannah Pressman.
Costume Design by Diane Vanderkroef
Set Design by David Heuvelman
Lighting Design by Joshua Scherr
Stage Managed by Jim Schilling
Choreography by Becky Timms
Musical Direction by Thomas Martin Conroy
Directed by Kevin Connors
by Joe Landry
"Evita" Opens MTC MainStage's 2015/2016 Season in Norwalk
Music Theatre of Connecticut MainStage, Fairfield County's award-winning professional theatre company, opens its 2015/2016 season with Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Evita." Performances are October 16-November 1, Fridays at 8pm, Saturdays at 4pm and 8pm, Sundays at 2pm, at Music Theatre of Connecticut, 509 Westport Avenue (behind Nine West) in Norwalk, CT. Tickets range from $35-$55 and are available by calling 203.454.3883 or visiting www.musictheatreofct.com
"We could not be more excited about opening our 29th season than with a newly reimagined production of the Andrew Lloyd Webber/Tim Rice blockbuster 'Evita,'" says Kevin Connors, co-founder and Executive Artistic Director of MTC and director of "Evita." The musical began as a rock opera concept album released in 1976. Its success led to productions in London’s West End in 1978, winning the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Musical, and on Broadway a year later, where it was the first British musical to receive the Tony Award for Best Musical—one of eight Tonys the show would receive that year.
"Although the story of Eva Duarte Peron’s rise from peasant girl to the most powerful female figure in Latin America is epic, it is, at its heart, a story about two primary relationships – Eva and husband President Juan Peron, and Eva and the Argentine people," says Connors. "Many elevated her to sainthood as the champion of the working class; others loathed her as an ambitious, self-centered gold-digger whose political and public influence contributed heavily to the near financial collapse of a tumultuous postwar Argentina. She was literally idolized by millions but hated and feared by many as well. Simply put, she remains an enigmatic legend. You will see her story from an intimate, up-close and personal perspective—her motives, her powerful charisma, her shrewd penchant for manipulation, and her meteoric rise to prominence on the world stage. Saint or sinner; you be the judge. I have been so thrilled to direct this stellar cast in a show that literally changed my life and helped to set my own career trajectory after I first saw it in the pre-Broadway run at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles in 1979."
MTC's professional Equity cast includes Katerina Papacostas as Eva Duarte Perón, who recently appeared as cover for Eva in the national tour of "Evita." Other recent credits include "Ever After" directed by Kathleen Marshall, "The Great American Mousical" directed by Julie Andrews, "Next to Normal in Concert" and "White Christmas." Daniel C. Levine (Che) has appeared on Broadway and national tours of "Little Shop of Horrors," "The Rocky Horror Show," "Mamma Mia!," "Jesus Christ Superstar" and "Les Miserables. Donald E. Birely (Juan Perón) has appeared in national tours of "Beauty and the Beast," "Carousel," and "Annie," and appeared in the NY premier of Yeston/Kopit "Phantom" and its cast album. Christopher DeRosa (Magaldi & Others) appeared in MTC's "I Left My Heart.... A Tribute to Tony Bennett." Other roles include Fabrizio in "The Light in the Piazza," Captain Walker in "The Who’s Tommy" and Joseph in "Joseph... Dreamcoat (CT Critics Circle Award nomination). Carissa Massaro plays (The Mistress & Others) was nominated for a CT Critics Circle Award as Luisa in MTC's "The Fantasticks."She also appeared on Broadway as the title role in “Jane Eyre”. The ensemble includes Corrine C. Broadbent, who has appeared as The Narrator in "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" at STONC, as well as "Camelot," "Gypsy," "Legally Blonde" and "Nunsense." Matt Greenberg returns to MTC, where he was a student at the School of Performing Arts.Professional regional credits include the Utah Festival Opera, Surflight Theatre and Ithaca Shakespeare Company. Tyler Keller has appeared in "She Loves Me" (Georg), "Sweeney Todd" (Tobias) and "A Chorus Line" (Paul). Rachel MacIsaac has appeared in the national tour of "Mamma Mia!" and in NYC in "Strike Up the Band.", as well as "A Chorus Line," "West Side Story" and "Les Miserables." Christopher Hudson Myers, recently completed a three year run on Broadway in "Mamma Mia!" Regional credits include "Les Miserables," "West Side Story," "The Wedding Singer” and "Altar Boyz."
The cast also features six young students from MTC’s School of Performing Arts -- Ariana Brodows, Jonah Frimmer, Cessa Lewis, Rica Monaghan, Raquel Paige, Hannah Pressman, Jolie Shey and Madeleine Tansley.
"Evita" is directed by MTC co-founder and Executive Artistic Director Kevin Connors. The design team includes set design by David Huevelman, lighting by Joshua Scherr, costumes by Diane Vanderkroef, choreography by Becky Timms and musical direction by Thomas Martin Conroy. The production is stage managed by Jim Schilling.
Director Kevin Connors on his vision for MTC's Evita.
Donald E. Birely (Juan Perón ) is thrilled to be returning to the stage in one of his favorite parts. He has toured the states in Beauty and the Beast, Carousel, Oklahoma and Annie. Other favorite roles include Nicely Nicely, Albin (ZaZa) and Sancho. Mr Birely was a part of the NY premier of Yeston/Kopit Phantom and can be heard on the BMG/RCA recording. He is the founder of DB Productions -- a costume rental in Ossining, NY.
Corinne C. Broadbent (Eva's Mother & Others) is thrilled to be making her MTC debut with Evita. Corinne holds a B.F.A in Music Theatre from BYU. She has performed with The Summer Theatre of New Canaan (STONC) as The Narrator in Joseph... and Zaneeta in The Music Man. Favorite credits include Camelot, Gypsy, Legally Blonde and Nunsense; as a choreographer, Hairspray, Legally Blonde, Little Mermaid and Cinderella: A Fairy’s Tale. Thanks to Allan, Phaedra, Roger, Peggy and MTC!
Christopher DeRosa (Magaldi & Others) couldn't be happier to be back at the Music Theater of Connecticut! Favorite credits include: Fabrizio in The Light in the Piazza, Captain Walker in The Who's Tommy and Joseph in Joseph... Dreamcoat (Nominated for a Connecticut Critics Circle Award for Best Lead Actor in a Musical). Many thanks to Kevin and Jimmy, agent Barry and Oscar, my crazy family and my beautiful fiancé Carissa ;)
Matt Greenberg (General & Others) is thrilled to return to MTC, where he took classes growing up. Regionally, he has worked at the Utah Festival Opera, Surflight Theatre and Ithaca Shakespeare Company. Thank you to Kevin, the cast and creatives for this amazing opportunity. BFA: Ithaca College. Proud member of AEA.
Tyler Keller (General & Others) is thrilled to be making his MTC debut in Evita! He is a recent graduate of Coastal Carolina University's Musical Theatre B.F.A. program. Some of his favorite credits include She Loves Me (Georg), Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (Tobias) and A Chorus Line (Paul). He also spent his summer performing in Rollin' Down the River (singer/dancer/ dance captain) at Hersheypark in Pennsylvania. He feels extremely blessed to work with such an incredible cast and creative team, especially his mentor and dear friend, Becky Timms.
Daniel C. Levine (Che) Broadway and National Tours: Little Shop of Horrors (The Dentist), The Rocky Horror Show, Mamma Mia!, Jesus Christ Superstar (Tony nomination for Best Revival), Chicago (Mary Sunshine), Les Miserables (Marius), Tommy (Cousin Kevin). Regional Credits: Oklahoma! (Ali Hakim), Next to Normal (Doctor Madden), Guys and Dolls (Nathan Detroit) Company (Paul), Man of La Mancha (Housekeeper), Sweet Charity (Oscar), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Daniel serves as Artistic Advisor for the Broadway and Cabaret Series at The Ridgefield Playhouse here in Connecticut, and is bringing Joel Grey, Betty Buckley, Stephen Schwartz and Broadway’s Tommy to Ridgefield this season!
Rachel MacIsaac (Eva's Sister & Others) is excited to make her MTC debut in one of her favorite shows! Other favorites: National Tour of Mamma Mia! NYC: Strike Up the Band. Regional: A Chorus Line (Cassie), West Side Story (Consuela), High School Musical (Sharpay) and Les Miserables. Big thanks to Mom & Dad, Chris and the MTC family! Follow me @RachelMac101
Carissa Massaro (The Mistress & Others) is so excited to be back at MTC and a part of Evita! She recently made her MTC debut as Luisa in The Fantasticks and was nominated for a CT Critics Circle Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical. She was last seen in STAGES St. Louis production of Fiddler on the Roof as Chava. Special thanks to Kevin and Jimmy for this wonderful opportunity and agents Barry and Oscar. Carissa sends love to her amazing parents, brother Brandon, the rest of her family and her one and only Chris.
Christopher Hudson Myers (Priest & Others) is thrilled to be making his CT debut at MTC with his wife Rachel! Broadway and National Tour: Mamma Mia! Regional favorites: Les Miserables (Marius), West Side Story (Riff), The Wedding Singer (Robbie Hart), Altar Boyz (Abraham). Thanks to my family for their support and thanks to Kevin & Jim for this opportunity! Follow me @ChrisHMyers
Katerina Papacostas (Eva Duarte Perón) is thrilled to be making her MTC debut! She was recently seen in the Broadway National tour of Evita as a featured dancer/Eva Peron, u/s (perf) and is excited to revisit the role! Other recent credits include: featured ensemble in Ever After directed by Kathleen Marshall, Wendy in The Great American Mousical directed by Julie Andrews and choreographed by Chris Gattelli, Natalie in Next to Normal in Concert hosted by Tom Kitt and Judy in White Christmas. Filakia MBNZ&E.
Kevin Connors (Director, Executive Artistic Director & Co-Founder) Professional musical theatre composer and director for over 30 years and recipient of the Tom Killen Award for Outstanding Contribution to Connecticut Professional Theatre by the Connecticut Critics’ Circle, as well as a special citation from The Connecticut State Legislature and Governor Dannel Malloy. Off-Broadway credits include Prime Time Prophet, Jukebox Saturday Night, The Abandoned Loves of Frederick R., Life Anonymous, Lover:The Valentino Musical, Babes Off Broadway, Saloon and Suzy Q. Connecticut directing credits include The Fantasticks, It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, Babes in Toyland, Bah Humbug! (all at Stamford’s Rich Forum); Grand Re-Opening of the Palace Theatre starring Skitch Henderson, Louise Pitre, James Naughton and Joan Rivers; Baby (Polka Dot Playhouse), Christopher Columbus and Operetta in Red, White and Blue (New England Lyric Operetta). Mr. Connors began his career as a performer touring his own act with Bob Hope, Henny Youngman and Johnny Mathis, and his debut CD—The Things We Never Say—was released in October 2000. In 1987, he co-founded Music Theatre of Connecticut with Jim Schilling, and has since directed more than 30 Equity MTC MainStage productions including Next to Normal (Best Musical and Best Director Nominee), Yours, Anne (Best Musical Nominee), It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play (Moss Hart Award Winner), A Little Night Music, Edges, john & jen, Doubt, My Way: The Music of Frank Sinatra and The Last 5 Years; as well as writing original music and lyrics for more than 10 MTC children’s musicals. His latest work, Mothers and Sons (with playwright Joe Landry) had its critically-acclaimed World Premiere on the MTC Mainstage in January 2009 and is currently in development for Off-Broadway. He has served as Adjunct Professor of Musical Theatre at The Hartt School of Music/University of Hartford, Sacred Heart University, the University of Bridgeport, and at Musical Theatre Works in NYC. He has created many of MTC’s educational programs including the nationally-recognized College-Bound in the Performing Arts, which he now presents at theatre schools throughout the country. Kevin is a proud member of AEA, ASCAP and The Dramatists Guild. www.kevconnors.com