Martha Kirby and Tyrone Huntley Will Lead New Production of Evita at Leicester’s Curve | Playbill

International News Martha Kirby and Tyrone Huntley Will Lead New Production of Evita at Leicester’s Curve

Nikolai Foster will direct the Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice musical.

Martha Kirby and Tyrone Huntley

Initial casting has been revealed for Leicester’s Curve's new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's Tony-winning Evita, set for November 27, 2023-January 13, 2024.

Leading the Made at Curve production will be Martha Kirby (U.K. tour of Bat Out of Hell, Rags at the Park Theatre) in the title role and Tyrone Huntley (Jesus Christ Superstar at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, Dreamgirls at the Savoy) as Che. Additional casting will be announced.

Curve Artistic Director Nikolai Foster (Billy Elliot the Musical, The Wizard of Oz) will direct the Tony-winning musical, which will also feature set design by Michael Taylor, musical supervision by Stephen Brooker, musical direction by Ben van Tienen, and choreography by Adam Murray.

The production will also have costume design by Edd Lindley, lighting design by Joshie Hariette, sound design by Adam Fisher, and wigs, hair and make-up design by Sam Cox. Casting is by Curve Associate Kay Magson and Olivia Laydon.

Curve Chief Executive Chris Stafford and Artistic Director Foster said in a statement, "We are thrilled Martha Kirby and Tyrone Huntley are leading our new production of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s magnificent musical. Martha and Tyrone are both rising stars and represent the very best of U.K. theatre; we are excited to see them set the stage ablaze as they redefine these iconic roles, in this incredible show, for the 21st century. They lead an astonishing company and we look forward to sharing more casting and production news later in the year.”

Evita, which premiered as a two-LP recording starring Julie Covington (Eva) and Colm Wilkinson (Che), features a score by Lloyd Webber (music) and Rice (lyrics). Hal Prince staged both the original London and New York productions of the musical, which made stars of Elaine Paige (in London) and Mandy Patinkin and Patti LuPone (on Broadway). The score features such tunes as "Don't Cry for Me Argentina," "Buenos Aires," "A New Argentina," "Another Suitcase in Another Hall," "I'd Be Surprisingly Good for You," and "Rainbow High." Madonna, Antonio Banderas, and Jonathan Pryce starred in the film version; Elena Roger headed the cast of the London and Broadway revivals, the latter with Ricky Martin.

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