Regent’s Park Theatre has today announced principal casting for their productions of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Evita and Jesus Christ Superstar, alongside the full creative team for Evita.
Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre (2 August to 21 September 2019, press night is 8 August)
Chicago-based Samantha Pauly makes her UK debut in the role of Eva Peron, direct from her performance in SIX (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre) and as Valkyrie in Bat Out Of Hell (US Tour). She appears alongside Ektor Rivera, also making his UK debut, having recently played Emilio Estefan in On Your Feet! on Broadway and US Tour.
An original Broadway cast member of Disney’s Aladdin – where he has been performing on and off for the last five years – Trent Saunders returns to the UK in the role of Che following his appearance as St. Jimmy in Green Day’s American Idiot (Hammersmith Apollo). Nominated for an Olivier Award for her role as Kylah in Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour, Frances Mayli McCann plays the role of The Mistress.
Director Jamie Lloyd said:
“After an international search, I am incredibly excited about the amazing talent we have discovered, and the variety of voices we have assembled, to share this story today. Samantha Pauly will lead a thrillingly diverse and powerful company.”
Joining director Jamie Lloyd are: Soutra Gilmour (designer), Fabian Aloise (choreographer), Alan Williams (musical supervisor), Jon Clark (lighting designer), Nick Lidster for Autograph (sound designer) and Barbara Houseman (season associate director, voice and text).
The fastest selling production in the theatre’s history, Evita plays at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre from 2 August to 21 September.
Jesus Christ Superstar
Barbican Theatre (4 July to 24 August 2019, press night is 9 July)
The new cast of Jesus Christ Superstar includes: Robert Tripolino and Ricardo Afonso in the iconic roles of Jesus and Judas, with Sallay Garnett as Mary. Matt Cardle plays the role of Pilate, with Cavin Cornwall and Nathan Amzi as Caiaphas and Annas.
Jesus Christ Superstar won the Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival and the Evening Standard Award for Best Musical. The production previously played two sell-out seasons at the Open Air Theatre before transferring to the Lyric Opera of Chicago in 2018. It will embark on a North American tour from October.
The production is directed by Timothy Sheader, with design by Tom Scutt, choreography by Drew McOnie, musical supervision by Tom Deering, lighting design by Lee Curran, sound design by Nick Lidster for Autograph, musical direction by Ed Bussey and fight direction by Kate Waters. Barbara Houseman is associate director, voice and text.
Robert Tripolino (Jesus) recently played Sal Russo in RAGS (Hope Mill, Manchester). Originally from Australia, theatre credits include: Omar in Disney’s Aladdin (Australian Tour), Chino in West Side Story (State Theatre, Arts Centre Melbourne), Jean-Michel in La Cage Aux Folles (The Playhouse, Arts Centre Melbourne), The Addams Family (Capitol Theatre, Sydney) and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Her Majesty’s, Melbourne).
Ricardo Afonso (Judas) previously appeared as the Taxi Driver in Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown (Playhouse), as Alberto Beddini in Top Hat (Aldwych/UK Tour), Lead Vocalist in Thriller Live (Lyric), Galileo in We Will Rock You (Dominion), and as a lead vocalist in The Classic Rock Show (European/UK Tour), The Wonderful World of Captain Beaky and His Band (Royal Albert Hall) and Strictly Come Dancing – The Professionals (UK Tour).
Sallay Garnett (Mary) is an Irish-Sierra Leonean artist, who also performs and records under the name Loah. With her unique blend of Afro-soul, she released her debut album This Heart in 2017. She has toured in Ireland, the UK, Sierra Leone, the USA and has held major slots at festivals including Electric Picnic, Body&Soul, Longitude, Cork Jazz Festival, Sounds from a Safe Harbour, and the Dublin Fringe Festival. She recently appeared in the film A Girl From Mogadishu (GFM Films).
Matt Cardle (Pilate) is a multi-platinum selling recording artist who has sold over 2.2 million records since he won The X Factor in 2010. He has released four studios albums including 2011’s Letters, featuring the single When We Collide, and most recently 2018’s Time To Be Alive; both on Sony Music. In 2015 he joined the cast of Memphis (Shaftesbury) as Huey Calhoun and he returned to the stage in 2018, appearing as Wally Strand in Strictly Ballroom (Piccadilly).
Cavin Cornwall (Caiaphas) originated the role of Caiaphas in the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre production of Jesus Christ Superstar, reprising the role at the Lyric Opera of Chicago in 2018. He previously played Caiaphas on the UK arena tour of Jesus Christ Superstar having originally played Peter in the 1999 film version (Really Useful Films). He is currently appearing in Rip It Up (Garrick). Other theatre credits include: Disney’s Aladdin (Prince Edward), The Color Purple (Cadogan Hall), Sister Act (UK Tour), Billy Flynn in Chicago (Adelphi) and Crown in Porgy and Bess (Savoy).
Nathan Amzi (Annas) most recently appeared in Heathers (Theatre Royal Haymarket). Other theatre credits include: Henry V (New Generation Festival, Florence), One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest (Sheffield Crucible), Prom Queen (The Other Palace), Disney’s Aladdin (Prince Edward), Dinner With Saddam (Menier), In The Heights (Southwark Playhouse) and Urinetown (Apollo).