FEATURE: EVITA’s Katharine Heaton Talks Life on the Road

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Katharine Heaton

EVITA is now playing at the Aronoff Center for the Performing Arts in Downtown Cincinnati.  This classic Broadway show tells the story of Eva Peron and is a popular classic show.  Katharine Heaton is in the ensemble of the show.

She started young.  “I started singing at age 9 in my church choir and started training in opera/art song at age 10. I used to listen to the PHANTOM OF THE OPERA record on repeat as a kid.”  She says she kind of fell into musical theatre.  “I always loved singing pop music and opera, and felt like musical theatre was a sure way to do both.”

Heaton in GEORGE M!
Heaton in GEORGE M!

Heaton is no stranger to performing.  She has performed in CATS, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, GEORGE M!, FOOTLOOSE, VIOLET, CANDIDE, A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM, and others.  She is also an opera singer and has sung back-up vocals with folk pop legend James Taylor. This show, however, is very special.  “I got my Equity Card from joining EVITA!”

Touring across the country is never boring.  “With this tour, we travel so much. In the beginning this was great, but sometimes (like when we are only playing a city for one week), it gets difficult to explore.”  She says that living out of a mini-fridge and microwave is not as glamorous as one might think.  “But we make it work.  I’ve had some great experiences on the road trying new restaurants, going to zoos, landmarks and then from the beach in December to negative 30 degrees in January! There is nothing like touring, really.”

The cast of EVITA
The cast of EVITA

While in the Queen City, Heaton says she plans to try a local favorite. “All I’ve heard about is Graeters ice cream! I’m looking forward to that!”  She also plans to visit with a friend and former cast mate whom she performed with at North Shore Music Theatre who attends UC-CCM.  Also, the cast of EVITA is performing at Below Zero Lounge on Monday, February 24th in a fundraiser for BroadwayCares/Equity Fights AIDS.  More information about that event can be found here.

EVITA, plays through March 2nd and this production is the new Broadway Revival version, choreographed by Rob Ashford and directed by Michael Grandage. Heaton says this show is different from the Patti Lupone original version. “There is a grit, a darkness, and a lot more dancing. The tango is prominent in several scenes. The lighting plot is gorgeous, and obviously the music is superb.”

Tickets are on sale now for the remaining performances of EVITA.  Click here to get yours now.

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