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Atlantan to perform in 'Evita' at Fox Theatre
by Bobby Tedder
June 05, 2014 12:55 PM | 1532 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Ryan K. Bailer
Ryan K. Bailer
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Ryan K. Bailer’s connection to the Atlanta area will come full circle as soon as he hits the stage.

Bailer has been cast as an ensemble performer in “Evita” as part of a limited engagement running at the Fox Theatre through Sunday.

“This is the first time that my Atlanta family will see me perform,” he said. “Though they have heard me sing before — at weddings, funerals, etc. — I’m super excited for them to see me perform [professionally].

“For it to be such a high-profile and exciting show as the Broadway tour of Evita is even more thrilling.”

Bailer has a wellspring of metro Atlanta memories from which to draw. His mother, Penelope Naylor Bailer, is a Decatur native, thus annual Christmas holidays visits and summertime family reunions are set.

And some traditions never waver. The University of Michigan alumnus starts off every return trip here with a couple of hot dogs at the Varsity — which, incidentally, is where his now deceased maternal grandparents met.

“I am sad that we are only in town for a week, as there are so many people I’d like to see and places I’d like to go,” said Bailer.

Much of the performer’s time here and elsewhere will be spent on stage during the production’s run.

The musical lyrically tells the rags-to-riches narrative of notorious former first Lady of Argentina, Eva Perón.

“Eva used her beauty and charisma to rise meteorically from the slums of Argentina to the presidential mansion,” said production spokesperson Jennifer Walker. “Adored by her people as a champion for the poor, she became one of the most powerful women in the world — while her greed, outsized ambition and fragile health made her one of the most tragic.”

This is the first new Broadway production of the seven-time Tony Award-winning musical since it debuted on Broadway over 30 years ago.

“Evita” features multiple songs widely viewed as classics in theater, including “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina” and “Another Suitcase in Another Hall.”

For Bailer, holding a tune is just the tip of the iceberg in regards to his showtime responsibilities.

While primarily cast as a singer and actor, a little bit of dancing is also part of the job. He also has 11 costume changes.

“I keep busy,” Bailer said. “The most challenging aspect of the show is doing it every night for the last nine months.  We’ve done over 270 performances, and after the newness of the show wears off, you have to figure out how to keep yourself motivated onstage so that each audience is getting the best show possible.”

IF YOU GO:

o What: 'Evita'

o When: Through Sunday

o Where: Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St., Midtown

o Tickets: start at $30

o Information: (855) 285-8499 or www.foxtheatre.org/evita
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