He shot to fame after winning the ITV show Superstar which led him to front the UK arena tour of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s rock musical – and now Ben Forster is once again joining forces with musical theatre’s greatest partnership.
Ben is back on the West End stage to guest star in Evita in the role of Agustin Magaldi – Eva Peron’s first love – when it reopens the refurbished Dominion Theatre on Tuesday.
He will star alongside pop icon Marti Pellow, who plays Che, and rising star Madalena Alberto, who portrays Argentina’s iconic First Lady, for a limited run of 55 performances.
Ben is “very excited” and said: “It is a huge privilege to take on such a fantastic part and in such a brilliant show!”
Ben became a household name in 2012 after winning the ITV show and landing the part of Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar for a spectacular UK tour.
The following year he continued in the role, which had already won him critical acclaim, when it toured Australia before bringing it back to the UK.
In-between tours Ben starred as Brad Majors in the reinvented 40th Anniversary production of Richard O’Brien’s classic hit The Rocky Horror Show, for which he received rave reviews and demonstrated the versatility in his performance skills.
Aged just 16, he won a scholarship to the prestigious Italia Conti Academy in London and a year later made his West End debut.
He was also in the original cast of Lennon and McCartney’s All You Need Is Love and was part of the original cast of Thriller Live, taking the show from the London stage onto international tours.
Evita charts the story of Eva Peron, wife of former Argentine dictator Juan Peron, from her humble beginnings through to the extraordinary wealth, power and iconic status which ultimately led her to be heralded as the ‘spiritual leader of the nation’.