THE ORIGINAL WEST END & BROADWAY PRODUCTION

THE WAIT IS OVER. IT’S FINALLY HERE!
“MAGNIFICENT, ORIGINAL, COMPELLING. A MASTERPIECE”
THE SUNDAY TIMES
“EVITA is a stunning, exhilarating theatrical experience”
THE NEW YORK POST



TIM RICE and ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER’S award-winning musical EVITA, directed by the legendary HAL PRINCE, comes to Tokyo for a limited season in July 2018.

EVITA charts the story of Eva Perón, wife of former Argentine dictator Juan Perón, from her humble beginnings through to the extraordinary wealth, power and status which ultimately led her to be heralded as the ‘spiritual leader of the nation’ by the Argentine people. Featuring some of the best-loved songs in musical theatre, including Don’t Cry For Me Argentina, Oh What A Circus, On This Night of a Thousand Stars, You Must Love Me and Another Suitcase in Another Hall, this iconic show promises to be THE THEATRICAL EVENT OF THE YEAR!






TIM RICE [LYRICS]

Tim Rice has worked in music, theatre and films since 1965 when he met Andrew Lloyd Webber, a fellow struggling songwriter. Rather than pursue Tim’s ambitions to write rock or pop songs they turned their attention to Andrew’s obsession – musical theatre. Their first collaboration (lyrics by Tim, music by Andrew) was an unsuccessful show based on the life of Dr.Barnardo, the Victorian philanthropist, The Likes of Us. Their next three works together were much more successful – Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar and Evita. Tim has since worked with other distinguished popular composers such as Elton John (The Lion King, Aida), Alan Menken (Aladdin, King David, Beauty and the Beast), Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson (Chess) and most recently, Stuart Brayson (From Here To Eternity). A new production of From Here To Eternity made its début at the Finger Lakes Musical Theatre, New York, in June 2016, and further American productions are in the works. With Alan Menken, he has just completed three songs for the new Disney film of Beauty and the Beast, released in March 2017. He is an executive producer of the new Roger Goldby film, Time of Their Lives, starring Joan Collins and Pauline Collins, also released in March 2017. He formed his own cricket team in 1973 and was President of MCC in

2002. He recently wrote and presented a 52-part series for BBC Radio 2, American Pie, a trawl through the music and musicians of every American State. He has won several awards, mainly for the wrong thing or for simply turning up.








Andrew Lloyd Webber [MUSIC]

When Sunset Boulevard joined School Of Rock, Cats and The Phantom Of The Opera on Broadway last year, Andrew Lloyd Webber became the only person to equal the record set in 1953 by Rodgers and Hammerstein with four Broadway shows running concurrently. Other musicals he has composed include Aspects Of Love, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita and Love Never Dies. His production of School Of Rock is the first British musical to have world premiered on Broadway. He has co-produced his own shows including Cats and The Phantom Of The Opera and as a solo producer he presented the groundbreaking Bombay Dreams which introduced the double Oscar winning Bollywood composer AR Rahman to the Western stage. Other productions include the Olivier Award Winning Daisy Pulls It Off and La Bete, the record breaking Palladium production of The Sound Of Music and The Wizard of Oz. He owns seven West End Theatres including the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, the Palladium and The Other Palace which provides a unique London home for new musicals in development. He is passionate about the importance of music in education and the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation has become one of Britain’s leading charities supporting the arts and music. His awards, both as composer and producer, include seven

Tonys, seven Oliviers, a Golden Globe, an Oscar, the Praemium Imperiale, the Richard Rodgers Award for Excellence in Musical Theatre, a BASCA Fellowship, the Kennedy Center Honor and a Grammy for Best Contemporary Classical Composition for Requiem, his setting of the Latin Requiem mass which contains one of his best known compositions, Pie Jesu. He was knighted in 1992 and created a life peer in 1997. To mark his 70th birthday his autobiography Unmasked will be published by HarperCollins in March.





HAROLD PRINCE [DIRECTION]

Harold Prince directed the original productions of She Loves Me, It’s a Bird…Superman, Cabaret, Zorba, Company, Follies, A Little Night Music, Pacific Overtures, On the Twentieth Century, Sweeney Todd, Evita, Merrily We Roll Along, The Phantom of the Opera, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Parade, and LoveMusik. He has also directed acclaimed revivals of Candide and Show Boat. Before becoming a director, Mr. Prince produced the original productions of The Pajama Game, Damn Yankees, New Girl in Town, West Side Story, Fiorello!, Tenderloin, Flora the Red Menace, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, and Fiddler on the Roof. Among the plays he has directed are Hollywood Arms, The Visit, The Great God Brown, End of the World, Play Memory, and his own play, Grandchild of Kings. His opera productions have been seen at Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Dallas Opera, Vienna Staatsoper and the Theater Colon in Buenos Aires. His most recent version of Candide was seen at New York City Opera in January of 2017. Prince of Broadway, a musical compendium of Mr. Prince’s entire career, opened on Broadway in August of 2017. Mr. Prince is a trustee for the New York Public Library and instrumental in developing the Theatre On Film and Tape collection for the Library for the Performing Arts

at Lincoln Center. He previously served on the National Council on the Arts for the NEA. Mr. Prince is an Officier in the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, given to him by the French government in 2008. He is the recipient of 21 Tony Awards, a Kennedy Center Honor, and the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center’s Monte Cristo Award. Mr. Prince was inducted into the Lincoln Center Hall of Fame as a part of their inaugural class and received a National Medal of the Arts from President Clinton for a career in which “he changed the nature of the American musical.”








EMMA KINGSTON as Eva Perón

[PROFILE]
Training: Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts.

Theatre Credits: Hodel in Fiddler on the Roof (Chichester Festival Theatre); Naomi in 21 Chump Street (Tristan Bates Theatre); Vanessa in In the Heights (King’s Cross Theatre and Southwark Playhouse); Ensemble/cover Éponine in Les Misérables (Queens Theatre); Diva 1 in Priscilla Queen of the Desert and Miss Lynch/cover Jan in Grease (UK tours).

Concerts: Honeymoon in Vegas (London Palladium); Something Wonderful (Royal Festival Hall).

Workshops: Ann Duck (NT Studio); Dea in Grinning Man (Bristol Old Vic).

Television: The Sound of Musicals (BBC).

Films: Been So Long (BFI/Film4).






LJ NEILSON
as Eva Perón / Ensemble

[PROFILE]
Training: National Diploma in Performing Arts at Italia Conti of Theatre Arts, London.

Theatre Credits: Maude, First Cover and played Emma in the original South African Cast of Funny Girl (Fugard Theatre, Cape Town 2017),

Anybody’s in West Side Story (Johannesburg Theatre, Fugard Theatre Company 2017), Annette in Saturday Night Fever (Pretoria State Theatre, Bernard Jay Productions 2016), Ensemble, First Cover and Played Lina Lamont in the original South African Cast of Singin’ in the Rain International Tour (Pieter Toerien Productions and Lunchbox Theatrical Productions 2015/2016), Sister Sophia in The Sound of Music International Tour (Pieter Toerien Productions and David Ian Productions 2014), Featured Ensemble, first cover and played Baby Houseman in the original South African Cast of Dirty Dancing International Tour (Pieter Toerien Productions, Hazel Feldman and Showtime Management 2013), Cabaret vocalist and dance captain in Vintage Varga Girls (Monte Casino 2012), Amber in Magical Musicals (Sunway Lagoon Amphitheatre Malaysia 2011), Wendy in the Malaysian Premiere of Peter Pan the Musical (Sunway Lagoon Amphitheatre, Malaysia 2010), Lead vocalist in Best of British (Brick Lane Music Hall, London 2009), Alice Fitzwarren in Dick Whittington (Garrick Theatre, England, Hiss & Boo Productions, 2008/2009), Ensemble in Magic of the Musicals (UK tour, ending at The London Palladium, Flying Music, 2008), Lead Vocalist and Ensemble in various stage and lounge productions, MV Aurora and MV Oriana P&O Cruise Lines (2006/2007), Joanne in Rent (Avondale Theatre, London 2006), Ensemble in My Fair Lady (Avondale Theatre, London 2006).

Awards: Naledi Theatre Nomination for Best Supporting Female in a Musical for Annette in Saturday Night Fever (2017).






DANIELLE BITTON
as Eva Perón / Ensemble

[PROFILE]
Training: Trained with Vocal Technician James Carson in New York, Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute (Movement – Madeline Jaye & Michael Ryan, Vocal Production – Bruce Baumer, Scene Study – Geoffrey Horn and Lola Cohen, Acting for TV & Film – Chris Lutkin),

Tom Todoroff (Scene Study, Voice, Movement), Second City Improv – (Improv, Sketch writing, Characterization).

Theatre Credits: Guest Entertainer Headliner Act for Norwegian Cruise lines Broadway and Variety Show (2013/2014), Crystal in Last Twist at the Blue Moon Hotel (2004), Baxter Theatre Ensemble in Peaceman Musical Workshop off Broadway NYC (2008).

Other: The X Factor Israel finalist, Seasoned international Vocalist working with Big Bands such as Hank Lane Music, Marianne Bennett Orchestras.








RAMIN KARIMLOO as Che

[PROFILE]
Ramin just finished his run as Gleb Vaganov in the Broadway Premier of Anastasia. Previously he played Tom in Murder Ballad, featured in White Rabbit Red Rabbit (NYC), and played Che in Evita (Vancouver Opera), Archibald Craven in The Secret Garden at Lincoln Center, the World Premiere of Prince of Broadway at the Tokyu Theatre Orb and the Umeda Arts Theater in Osaka, Valjean in the Broadway production of Les Miserables (Tony nomination), and on London’s West End (Theatregoers’ Choice Award), and in Toronto (Dora Nomination), the Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera, and he played the Phantom in the London world premiere of the show’s sequel, Love Never Dies, for which he was nominated for an Olivier Award as Best Actor in a Musical. Chris in Miss Saigon, Sunset Boulevard, Pirates of Penzance.

His screen work includes “Blue Bloods” (CBS), “The Spa” (Sky) and “Life's Too Short” (BBC), “Phantom” and “Les Miserables” 25th Anniversary (Universal).

Ramin is Iranian-born and was raised in Canada.

@raminkarimloo
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ROBERT FINLAYSON as Juan Perón

[PROFILE]
Training: University of Cape Town Drama School.

Theatre Credits: With a career spanning the better part of three decades on stages across the world, Roberts’ theatre credits include: Raoul in The Phantom of the Opera (Her Majesty’s Theatre and U.K. National Tour); Chris (cover) in Miss Saigon (Theatre Royal Drury Lane); Nick in Fame – The Musical (The Cambridge Theatre); Bob Cratchit in A Christmas Carol (West Yorkshire Playhouse); Brad in The Rocky Horror Show; Jean-Michelle in La Cage Aux Folles (English Theatre Frankfurt); Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar (National and International Tour) for which he won the prestigious Fleur Du Cap Award for Best Performance in a Musical; Gus/Growltiger in Cats (South African National Tour); Alex in Aspects of Love (Mandela Theatre);

Coach Bolton in High School Musical (National and International tour); Pharaoh and Joseph in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat; Claude in Hair (CAPAB); The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me (The Market Theatre) which won the coveted Vita Award for Best Production; Sparky in Forever Plaid (The Soundstage); Romeo in Romeo and Juliet (Maynardville Theatre); Lysander in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (The Market Theatre); Lancelot in Camelot (South African National Tour); Roger in Grease (Alexander Theatre); Hector in Just Like Home (The Market Theatre and Edinburgh Festival) and Tony in West Side Story (South African National Tour).








ANTON LUITINGH as Magaldi

[PROFILE]
Training: The University of Stellenbosch, South Africa – B.Dram Hons (Cum Laude) degree in Acting and Performance Training.

Theatre Credits: Brad Majors in The Rocky Horror Show (2000); Kenickie in Grease (2000); Munkustrap in the original South African Cast & International Tour of Cats (2001-2004); Munkustrap in the Australian Tour of Cats (2003); Pharaoh and Simeon in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (2004/2005); Steven Baker in the International Tour of Showboat (2006); Pontius Pilate in the National & International Tour of Jesus Christ Superstar (2006 & 2007); Gordon and cover Roger in the South African premiere of Rent (2007); Resident Director and cover Billy Flynn on Chicago – The Musical (2008); The Beast in Disney’s Beauty and

the Beast (2009); A cappella Musical Noah of Cape Town (2009); Arthur Kipps in The Woman in Black (2009); Vince Fontaine and Resident Director on Grease (2010); Agustin Magaldi and Resident Director on Evita (2011); Resident Director on The Phantom of the Opera (2011); UK tour of The Mandela Trilogy (2012); London West End tour of Porgy and Bess (2012); Resident Director on the International Tour of Jersey Boys (2012/2013); Sheldrake and Resident Director on Sunset Boulevard (2013); Resident Director on The Sound of Music International Tour (2014); Resident Director and cover R.F. Simpson on Singin’ in the Rain – International Tour (2015/2016); Resident Director and alternate Daddy Warbucks in Annie (2016/2017); Resident Director on Priscilla Queen of the Desert (2017).

Awards: Vita Nomination Cape Town and Johannesburg – Best Performance in a Musical for Munkustrap in Cats (2001), Vita and Fleur du Cap Nomination Offbeat Broadway (2002), Fleur du Cap nomination – Best Performance in a Musical for Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (2004/2005), Fleur du Cap nomination – Best Performance in a Musical for Pontius Pilate in Jesus Christ Superstar (2006), Fleur du Cap nomination – Best Performance in a Musical for The Beast in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (2009), Fleur du Cap nomination – Best Performance in a Musical for Daddy Warbucks in Annie (2017).

Other: Co-writer and musical director of the Offbeat Broadway trilogy. Co-Founder & Co-Director of The Musical Theatre Workshop.








ISABELLA JANE as Mistress

[PROFILE]
Training: Contemporary singing – Desi van der Walt. Classical and Operatic singing – June Krauss.

Theatre Credits: Calling Me Home (Joburg Theatre), Joey in The Jungle Book (People’s Theatre), Alice in Alice in Wonderland (People’s Theatre), Miss Pepper in The Gingerbreadmen (People’s Theatre), Fairy Flora in The Sleeping Beauty (People’s Theatre), Ariel in The Little Mermaid (People’s Theatre), Herself in The Big Bad Musical (Roodepoort ProMusica Theatre).

Television: SA’s Got Talent (2015) Runner Up as Ventriloquist/Singer/Comedian with her side-kick, Rosie.

Other: MC in A Night With The Stars, Born To Perform, On The Night, Guest on Jonathan Roxmouth in Concert. Guest on Goliath Comedy Club (Comedy Central). Singer at Official FIFA Fan Fest Site, Singer with The Rand Symphony Orchestra, Johannesburg Symphony Orchestra, and Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra.





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