Jay Davis to star as male lead in ‘Evan­ge­line’

On­tario na­tive also in ‘Bit­ter­girl - The Mu­si­cal’ at Char­lot­te­town Fes­ti­val

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - ENTERTAINMENT -

The Char­lot­te­town Fes­ti­val has an­nounced that Elmira, Ont., na­tive Jay Davis will play the male hero in Ted Dykstra’s epic love story, be­ing mounted in both Char­lot­te­town and Ed­mon­ton this fall.

When mak­ing its world pre­miere here at the fes­ti­val in 2013, the mu­si­cal drew crit­i­cal ac­claim from The Globe & Mail, Toronto Star, and many more and is now be­ing re-staged as a part­ner­ship with Ed­mon­ton’s Ci­tadel Theatre.

Di­rected by the Ci­tadel’s artis­tic di­rec­tor, Bob Baker, this all-Cana­dian pro­duc­tion will play a four-week run on P.E.I. be­fore mov­ing to Ed­mon­ton for three weeks.

Josée Boudreau, a vet­eran of both the Char­lot­te­town Fes­ti­val and Ci­tadel Theatre, was an­nounced ear­lier this sea­son as Evan­ge­line, the ti­tle hero­ine who is torn apart from both Gabriel and her home­land dur­ing the Aca­dian De­por­ta­tion from Grand Pré, N.S.

"I am very ex­cited to fi­nally work with Jay," says Baker.

"He has just the right com­bi­na­tion of strength, vul­ner­a­bil­ity, hu­mour and pas­sion to play Gabriel. He has a beau­ti­ful, rich singing voice and he and Josée will make a stun­ning cou­ple."

Davis starred as Drac­ula in the Char­lot­te­town Fes­ti­val’s 2003 hit "Drac­ula: A Cham­ber Mu­si­cal", and re­cently in "Beauty and the Beast" (Dray­ton) and "As­sas­sin"s (Talk is Free/Bird­land). He is also cur­rently per­form­ing in the world pre­miere of the com­edy "Bit­ter­girl - The Mu­si­cal" at the fes­ti­val’s Mack theatre.

"I am over­whelmed with ex­cite­ment and grat­i­tude to be re­turn­ing to the Char­lot­te­town Fes­ti­val for Adam Bra­zier’s inau­gu­ral sea­son at the helm," says Davis.

"Be­ing in­volved in Evan­ge­line is akin to rep­re­sent­ing Canada in the Olympics. I am hon­oured and proud to be a part of this beau­ti­ful and mov­ing new Cana­dian mu­si­cal."

The mu­si­cal love story be­gins pre­views Sept. 14 in Char­lot­te­town and runs un­til Oct. 10, be­gin­ning again Satur­day, Oct. 31 in Ed­mon­ton. For tick­ets or more in­for­ma­tion, visit con­fed­er­a­tioncen­tre.com or citadelthe­atre.com.

Jay Davis will star op­po­site Josée Boudreau as Gabriel in Ted Dykstra’s his­tor­i­cal epic, "Evan­ge­line", which re­turns to The Char­lot­te­town Fes­ti­val this Septem­ber.

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