The Tony, Grammy, and Oscar-winning musical rocks the Playhouse this February in an entrancing production by our resident conservatory Broadway Method Academy. Featuring some of the best-loved songs in musical theater (including “Don’t Cry for me Argentina” and “Buenos Aires”), Broadway stars, and over forty talented local students, this remarkable musical tells the iconic story of Eva Peron’s meteoric rise to fame as Argentina’s first lady.

The cast will be headed by Samantha Pauly as Eva Peron, Kyle Barisich (The Phantom of the Opera) as Juan Peron, Yurel Echezarreta (Aladdin, Matilda) as Che, and Julian Alvarez (West Side Story) as Magaldi, with dancers Ryan Cyr (international tour of West Side Story), Adam Mandala, and Jordan Eagle.

Directed by Connor Deane
Choreographed by Eric Santagata
Music Direction by J. Scott Handley


Samantha Pauly
Eva Peron
Samantha is absolutely thrilled to be making her Westport County Playhouse debut, and to be revisiting the role of Eva Peron.  Chicago/Regional credits include: Honeymoon in Vegas as Betsy Nolan, Evita as Eva Peron, Madagascar as Maurice, Cinderella After the Ball as Sleeping Beauty, Elf the Musical as Charlotte Dennon, Seussical as Bird Girl, Princess and the Pea as Princess Buffy, Godspell as Ensemble (Marriott Theatre), Hairspray as Amber von Tussle, Elf the Musical as Jovie (Paramount Theatre), Beaches as Teen Cee Cee (Drury Lane Theatre), Evita as the Mistress (JPAC Theatre), Legally Blonde as Elle Woods (Cira ’21 Playhouse).  TV/Film: “Chicago PD” (NBC), The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (Lionsgate), Mike’s Hard Lemonade, T-Mobile.  BFA Music Theatre from Viterbo University.  Proud member of AEA.  Thanks and love to the entire Westport team, Mom and Dad, Regina and Nick, and Stewart Talent.  And especially to Matt and Dale, my biggest fans and loves of my life.  Follow me @sampauly and And if you like greyhounds, follow my dog @dalethegreyhound.

Kyle Barisich
Juan Peron 
A native of Los Gatos, California, Kyle is best known for playing the role of Raoul, Vicomte du Chagny as part of the 25th Anniversary Broadway cast of The Phantom of the Opera. He also played Raoul for both the Los Angeles and San Francisco engagements of the long-running national tour.  Regional credits include South Pacific at the Hollywood Bowl, Barrett in Titanic and Marvin in Falsettos.  Kyle co-created the lounge act parody A Touch of Vegas, which has played to sold-out crowds on both coasts and is currently in development as a television series. Named 'Mr. USC' at his alma mater the University of Southern California, he went on to study at the Manhattan School of Music and the Esper Studio, under master acting teacher Bill Esper.  Kyle often performs the audience warm-up for "LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan." For two seasons he co-starred as Hopkins on TV's "The Following" (FOX). He currently teaches with the Joffrey Ballet and the Institute for American Musical Theatre.

Yurel Echezarreta
Westport Country Playhouse Debut! Broadway: Aladdin, Matilda, La Cage Aux Folles, West Side Story. Off-Broadway/Regional: Bella: An American Tall Tale (Diego/ Conyers; Playwrights Horizons; Dallas Theatre Center), West Side Story (Bernardo; Connecticut Repertory Theatre) Film: The Last Five Years. TV: “Odd Mom Out.” Honored to be a part of this company and this story. Much gratitude to Director Connor Deane and Artistic Director Julie Kavanagh, and to my agent Rikky at The Hybrid Agency for their support. Instagram: @yurele

Julian Alvarez
London/West End: West Side Story(Chino). Favorite Regional: Simon in Jesus Christ Superstar,  Angel in Rent (BRT), Evita (Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival), Sergeant in The Pirates of Penzance (BRT), Miss Saigon (Finger Lakes), The King and I (Ogunquit Playhouse), Orlando Shakespeare Theater, North Carolina Theater and The 50TH Anniversary World Tour of West Side Story. Thanks to family, friends. For Eric and Gigi.

Also featuring 40 students of Broadway Method Academy.



Wednesday, February 7th at 7:30 pm

Thursday, February 8th at 7:30 pm

Friday, February 9th at 8:00 pm

Saturday, February 10th at 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm

Broadway Method Academy is the Resident Conservatory of Westport Country Playhouse.
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