“A Streetcar Named Desire, Evita, Into the Breeches!, and Red Scare on Sunset are the shows most nominated for the 2019 St. Louis Theater Circle Awards, which honor excellence on local stages.
The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis’ musical Evita also received 11 nods, including outstanding actress (Michelle Aravena), actor (Pepe Nufrio), supporting actor (Sean MacLaughlin), director (Rob Ruggiero), ensemble and production.”
“The Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival will present an industry-only development workshop of the Tim Rice musical From Here to Eternity in Manhattan. From Here to Eternity features a new book by Donald Rice, based on the original London book by Bill Oakes, with lyrics by Rice and music by Stuart Brayson.
Directed and choreographed by Brett Smock, the workshop will feature also musical direction by Vadim Feichtner, projection design by Christopher Ash, lighting design by Dan Ozminkowski, sound design by Kevin Heard, scenic elements by Stanley Meyer, and costume elements by Tiffany Howard.”
“On Friday’s St. Louis on the Air, host Don Marsh discussed the play with Steve Woolf, Augustin Family Artistic Director of The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, and actor Pepe Nufrio, who plays the Che character in Evita. ‘We’ve had standing ovations every single night. People are super responsive [to the play] here in St. Louis,’ Nufrio added. ‘Everyone is eager to understand every single word.'”
“There are many people to congratulate on The Rep’s unforgettable production of “Evita,” but you won’t see most of them on stage. Director Rob Ruggiero’s vision and sense of storytelling and history brings this singular tale of corruption, coupled with saintly sex appeal, vividly to life. History has never been confident on whether Eva Peron was a sinner or a saint. This production reveals she was always a little of both.
Pepe Nufrio as Che is a powerful presence, although not costumed in fatigues and a beret, which is normally done.”
“Evita, the panoramic tale of political ambition that opens the 2018-19 season at the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, virtually defines the rock opera. And it’s arguably the finest achievement of composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, whom theater critics have never quite forgiven for Cats. Nufrio appealingly portrays Che as a seeker of truth and justice who’s not entirely unsympathetic to Eva’s situation — but not about to let her off the hook.”
“This new adaptation of the work directed by Rob Ruggerio and choreographed by Gustavo Zajac , will be presented for the month of September at the theater The Repertory Theater of Webster Groves University, Missouri.
Among the cast of artists that make up this magnificent musical work is Michelle Aravena (Eva Peron), Pepe Nufrio (Che), and Sean MacLaughlin (Juan Peron) accompanied by an ensemble of highly talented professional artists, mostly of Latin origin.
Pepe Nufrio, a Spaniard transplanted to the United States to pursue his dream of working in theater and television, gave us the floor in an exclusive interview with Diario Digital. This artist gave us his time to talk about the work, his career so far and give us some information about the musical work.”
“Meet the stars who will bring The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis’ lavish production of Evita to life. Running September 5-30 at the Loretto-Hilton Center for the Performing Arts and directed by Rob Ruggiero, Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s tour-de-force musical kicks off The Rep’s loaded 2018-2019 season. Pepe Nufrio plays the charismatic narrator Che, whose wry commentary serves as a counterpoint to Eva’s meteoric rise.”