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My View: EVITA…Opening Night at The Wick Theatre

Marilyn A. Wick, managing executive producer presented Andrew Lloyd Webber ( (music) & Tim Rice (lyrics) EVITA at The Wick Theatre last night and T2C was there for the opening night.  Check out the photos below

The Cast of Evita starred  Daniella Mass as Eva Peron ( Kristina Huegel at select performances), Che, Michael Focas, Peron, Sean McDermott, and featured  Frank Francisco as Magaldi and Samantha O’Donell as the Mistress.

The production was directed by Norm Norb Joerder, musical direction, Darren R. Cohen, Choreography Stephen Casey, Costume Design, Jim Buff, Set Design, Kimberly Wick, Lighting, Jose Santiago, Sound, Justin Thompson, Projections, Josieu Jean, Len Pfluger, Wig/Hair, Doug Lucasaylor Love, Assistant, Jeffrey George.

Evita began as a rock opera concept album released in 1976.  It’s 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.

From Marilyn Wick (producer)

“I have very much looked forward to bringing this show to The Wick age.  We have assembled our best artistic team-including my daughter, Kimberly, who not only curates the museum exhibits, but has brought her artistic skills to the set design for this show.”

Production photos by Amy Pasquantonio

“We are thrilled to be mounting this production of Evita,” said Marilynn A. Wick, Managing Executive Producer. “Daniella Mass performed here with Nestor Torres a couple of seasons ago. We were overwhelmed by her talent and wanted to collaborate with her again. Having sung with legends like Jose Carreras and Andrea Boccelli, Daniella’s soaring Coloratura Soprano has garnered her a world-wide fan base.”

Daniella Mass

“We are thrilled to be mounting this production of Evita,” said Marilynn A. Wick, Managing Executive Producer. “Daniella Mass performed here with Nestor Torres a couple of seasons ago. We were overwhelmed by her talent and wanted to collaborate with her again. Having sung with legends like Jose Carreras and Andrea Boccelli, Daniella’s soaring Coloratura Soprano has garnered her a world-wide fan base.”

The role of Eva will also be played in select performances by New York-based singer-dancer-actor, Kristina Huegel. Kristina last graced The Wick in Beehive: The 60s Musical and has been busy touring the country in productions of Sweet Charity, Flashdance–the musical, Legally Blonde–the Musical, White Christmas and Dames at Sea.

Playing Juan Peron, Marilynn has secured Broadway star Sean McDermott who was last seen at The Wick as the Pirate King in The Pirates of Penzance. His dazzling Broadway career includes lead roles in Miss Saigon, Falsettos, Chicago, Grease and more. And starring as Che, Michael Focas, a captivating young talent, makes his Wick debut. Evita will be directed by Norb Joerder with musical direction by Darren Cohen and choreography by Stephen Casey. Kimberly Wick is designing the set and Marilynn Wick and her team are creating the costumes.

Evita charts the young and ambitious Eva Peron’s meteoric rise to power. Set in Argentina between 1934-1952, the musical follows Eva Duarte on her journey from poor illegitimate child to ambitious actress to, as wife of military leader-turned-president Juan Peron, the most powerful woman in Latin America, before her death from cancer at age 33.

About the Cast:

Daniella Mass (Eva Peron)

Born in Barranquilla, Colombia the amazingly talented Daniella Mass has followed her dreams on a path as bright as her glowing persona. Classically educated and trained, Daniella sings in Italian, French, Portuguese, Spanish, English and Japanese. Daniella is equally conversationally proficient in English, Spanish and Japanese.

In 2015 Daniella was a semi – finalist on “America’s Got Talent” (NBC Television) to an audience of 11 million viewers. Her final “Live “concert performance on “America’s Got Talent” was televised on August 25, 2015 to an audience of 16 million viewers. Her participation on “America’s Got Talent” placed Daniella’s career in fast-forward mode on her tireless quest to pursue her dream and continue performing.

Through the course of her young career Daniella has had the opportunity and privilege to perform with legendary tenor Jose Carreras, The Bond Quartet, IL Volo, Jazz flautist virtuoso Nestor Torres and Andrea Bocelli.

Tireless and always working, Daniella is currently writing, recording and in preparation for her debut album. There is no doubt that 2020 will prove to be another goal reaching year complete with many more extraordinary achievements for Daniella Mass.

Kristina Huegel (Eva Peron at certain performances) Kristina was last seen at The Wick in “Beehive” (Lesley / Dance Captain). Other past credits include: “Flashdance” (Tess), “Legally Blonde” (Vivienne), “White Christmas” (Betty), “Sweet Charity” (Charity), “Dames At Sea” (Mona), “Into The Woods” (Florinda), “Nunsensations” (Sister Amnesia), etc. Princess Cruises, NCL, and Celebrity Cruises.

Sean McDermott* (Juan Peron) On Broadway Sean starred as Chris in the original Broadway company of Miss Saigon (opposite Jonathan Price and Lea Salonga), Whizzer in Falsettos (opposite Mandy Patinkin), Rusty in Starlight Express, Danny in Grease. Also, Billy Flynn in Chicago, Sam in Mamma Mia, Lawrence in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, the title roles in Jekyll and Hyde, Jesus in Jesus Christ Super Star, Billy in Carousel, The Pirate King in Pirates of Penzance, and Tony in West Side Story.

Sean McDermott & Daniella Mass

Sean was hand-picked by Barbra Streisand to sing alongside her on her European tour and performed at Carnegie Hall with Bernadette Peters. He has sung for the President of the United States on 3 separate occasions and has numerous recordings all available on iTunes.

Michael Focas* (Che) is thrilled to join The Wick family! Michael is a two-time Carbonell Award nominee. Previous credits include: The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Legally Blonde, Havana Music Hall and Making God Laugh.

Michael Focas

Evita opens for previews on Thursday, January 16 at 7:30 p.m. The Gala Opening Night performance is Saturday, January 18 at 7:30 p.m. The regular performance schedule is Wednesday through Sunday. Matinees are on Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 p.m. Evening performances are Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

The Wick Theatre is located at 7901 North Federal Highway in Boca Raton, Florida. Tickets are on sale through the box office (open 7 days a week) at 561-995-2333 or on the web at www.TheWick.org.

Frank Francisco & Samantha O’Donnell
The People of Argentina
Marilyn Wick
Eda Sorokoff & Darren R. Cohen, music director

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Stephen studied at the Manhattan School of Music. Besides being a pianist, Stephen’s business career was in the Fashion Industry. He was CEO of a textile manufacturing facility and President of an international textile machinery company. Stephen was on the Board of Directors of the “First All Children’s Theatre” which brought the Stephen Schwartz musical The Trip and Captain Louie to the Kennedy Center in Wash DC. His wife Eda, an interior space designer and classical pianist was on the Board of Barrington Stage Company and is still active at BSC. Stephen’s photographs, videos and articles appear on Broadwayworld.com, T2Conline.com and The New York Observer. He is active in the entertainment events at the Friars Club, where he is a member. Stephen is also an Honorary Board Member of The Society For The Preservation of The Great American Songbook. Stephen Sorokoff@gmail.com

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