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Quast, Allam & Hodge Compete for Evita’s Juan???

By • West End
More names to add to the mix of casting possibilities for the 2006 West End revival of Evita (See The Goss, 16 Aug 2005). The Daily Mail reports that, over the coming weeks, several top contenders will be having private auditions with composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, whose Really Useful Group is also producing the musical. They include Idina Menzel, star of Broadway’s Rent and Wicked, who’s vying for the title part of Eva Peron, the Argentine actress who charmed and scratched her way up to share the power and the bed of her country's leader General Juan Peron. Other names bandied about for the part have included Denise Van Outen, Jenna Russell and, last but not least, Madonna, who starred in Alan Parker’s 1996 screen version. Amongst the possibles Juans due to meet with Lloyd Webber are triple Olivier Award winner Philip Quast, Roger Allam (whose musical credits include City of Angels and the original cast of Les Miserables), Ciaran Hinds (who played the theatre manager in the screen version of The Phantom of the Opera) and Douglas Hodge. Hodge is currently co-starring with Ewan McGregor in Guys and Dolls, directed by Michael Grandage, who will also be directing Evita. The production is designed Christopher Oram and choreographed by Rob Ashford – the same creative team behind Guys and Dolls. It’s expected to open in June 2006.

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