Mark Evans (actor)

Mark Henry Evans (born 2 January 1985) is a British musical theatre actor, singer, dancer and choreographer from Wales, known for numerous Welsh-language and English-language productions. His various theatre credits include Wicked and Ghost the Musical. Following an 18-month (Dec 2012 – June 2014) engagement in the North American national tour of The Book of Mormon, he is currently based in New York City.

Mark Evans
Birth nameMark Henry Evans
Born (1985-01-02) 2 January 1985 (age 35)
St. Asaph, Denbighshire, Wales, UK
Occupation(s)Actor, singer, dancer, choreographer
Years active2002–present
Websitewww.markevansonline.co.uk

Personal lifeEdit

Evans was born in St. Asaph, North Wales and raised on a farm in Llanrhaeadr in the county of Denbighshire. He is married to fellow actor Justin Mortelliti.[1]

CareerEdit

Beginning performances on 16 July 2007, he joined the ensemble of the acclaimed London West End production of Wicked and served as the second understudy for Fiyero. He departed the cast on 7 June 2008, only to return over three and a half years later, this time, in the lead role of Fiyero. He starred alongside Rachel Tucker and Louise Dearman from 7 February through 10 December 2011, when he ended his run in the musical.[2]

On 13 January 2012, took over the role of Sam Wheat in the London production of Ghost the Musical and starred alongside Siobhan Dillon until the musical closed on 6 October 2012.[3] During his time in the show, he and Dillon released a single cover version of "Unchained Melody".

Some of Mark's theatre other credits included the UK national tours of High School Musical (Troy Bolton), The Rocky Horror Show (Brad) and Oklahoma! (Curly).

He appeared on the US national tour of The Book of Mormon in the lead role of Elder Price. Evans began performances on 28 December 2012 in San Francisco contracted for a six-month run, subsequently twice extended to summer 2014,[4][5] after which he relocated to New York.

Another primary musical achievement of Mark's came when he appeared on Your Country Needs You with Andrew Lloyd Webber. Mark reached the final in this BBC television competition to determine the UK's competitor in the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest, which saw his talents broadcast to millions of people – he finished in third place. From here he developed on an emerging career in television, particularly in Welsh language broadcast. He has become a regular on S4C, appeared frequently as a presenter on whatsoninthetheatre.com and developed on such Welsh-language programs as "Dechrau Canu Dechrau Canmol", "Wedi 7", "The Eisteddfod Annual Concert", "The Sian Cothi Show", "Noson Lawen" and "The Big Welsh Talent Concert". His other television and film credits include his own special broadcasting produced by Boomerang Productions, "Noson yng Nghwmni Mark Evans", on S4C in March 2012. He played Brett in "Lake Placid 3" (2010) and also starred as Chad in Grain Media's "Dead Hungry". His venture on S4C, "Marcaroni", a children's program in which he stars in title role was well-received by the public.[6][7] Evans recently recorded a pilot for his own Radio programme for "BBC Radio Cymru".

The foundations of theatre are integral to Mark's constant development. As an individual rooted in the traditionalism on the stage, he also has a wide range of experience in theatrics, which includes both singing and dancing. In October 2011, he released a bi-lingual album on contemporary Welsh label, Sain Records, which was so well received that he re-released an English Deluxe edition in 2012.

In 2016, he is performing in a production of "Finian's Rainbow" at the Irish Repertory Theatre as the character, Og.

Having travelled the country acting and performing, Mark also gives something back to his community. The West End in Wales scheme is an initiative created by Mark in August 2006. This inspiring program offers children in North Wales the chance to work alongside Evans and current West End professionals in a week-long musical theatre summer school.[8][9]

Professional Theatre creditsEdit

Start date End date Production Role(s) Venue(s)
December 2003 January 2004 Aladdin Dancer Milton Keynes Theatre
December 2004 January 2005 Aladdin Dancer, Emperor u/s New Wimbledon Theatre
September 2005 Seven Brides for Seven Brothers Brother Caleb Dartford
November 2005 Manchester
December 2005 January 2006 Dick Whittington Dick Whittington The Swan Theatre
January 2006 Seven Brides for Seven Brothers Brother Caleb Nottingham
July 2006 Malvern
October 2006 July 2007 Spamalot Ensemble Palace Theatre
16 July 2007 7 June 2008 Wicked Ensemble, Fiyero u/s Apollo Victoria Theatre
June 2008 August 2008 High School Musical Troy Bolton Hammersmith Apollo
December 2008 January 2009 Cinderella Prince Charming Churchill Theatre
April 2009 May 2009 Jet Set Go![10] Richard Jermyn Street Theatre
December 2009 January 2010 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs[11] Prince Harry Venue Cymru
September 2009 November 2010 The Rocky Horror Show Brad Majors Various Venues across the UK
18 January 2010 13 February 2010 Various Venues across the UK
20 March 2010 28 November 2010 Oklahoma! Curly Various venues across the UK and Italy
7 February 2011 10 December 2011 Wicked Fiyero Apollo Victoria Theatre
13 January 2012 6 October 2012 Ghost the Musical Sam Wheat Piccadilly Theatre
28 December 2012 Summer 2014 The Book of Mormon[4] Elder Price Various venues across North America
11 August 2015 20 September 2015 The Fix Cal Chandler Signature Theatre (Arlington, Virginia)
6 November 2016 29 January 2017 Finian's Rainbow Og Irish Repertory Theatre
19 September 2017 6 January 2019 The Play That Goes Wrong Director Lyceum Theater
23 July 2019 27 October 2019 Waitress Dr. Pomatter Brooks Atkinson Theatre [12]
26 November 2019 4 January 2020 Mrs. Doubtfire Stuart 5th Avenue Theatre
5 April 2020 Present Stephen Sondheim Theatre

RecordingsEdit

The Journey Home | Adre'n ÔlEdit

In September 2010, Mark began to write his debut album. He decided to make his album personal and almost autobiographical of the 10 years since he had left his home in Wales. "The Journey Home" was released on Sain Records in 2011. The 12-track album features guest vocalists including Ysgol Glanaethwy and former Wicked co-star Ashleigh Gray.

No.TitleArtistLength
1."Adre'n Ôl (Homeward Bound)"Mark Evans4:20
2."Reach The Sky"Mark Evans4:54
3."Brand New You"Mark Evans3:02
4."Yn Ei Llygaid Hi (In Her Eyes)"Mark Evans4:54
5."Fyddi Di Byth Yn Hapus (You'll Never Be Happy)"Mark Evans3:53
6."Flight"Mark Evans5:05
7."Siglo'r Byd i'w Seilie (Roller Coaster)"Mark Evans3:36
8."Until Then"Mark Evans3:52
9."Tu Hwnt i'r Sêr (To Where You Are)"Mark Evans3:41
10."Alive"Mark Evans Ft Ashleigh Gray3:18
11."Dal i Gredu (Keep on Believing)"Mark Evans4:13
12."The Journey Home"Mark Evans4:49
Total length:50:00

The Journey Home | Deluxe EditionEdit

Mark released his debut album The Journey Home on Sain Records in 2011. A Deluxe version of the album was released in 2012 and translates all the Welsh songs into English, with bonus tracks in Welsh. The single, "Unchained Melody", made for Evans' and Dillon's turn in Ghost, was added to the album.

No.TitleArtistLength
1."Comin' Home"Mark Evans4:19
2."Unchained Melody"Mark Evans Ft Siobhan Dillon3:29
3."Reach The Sky"Mark Evans4:55
4."Brand New You"Mark Evans3:02
5."Flight"Mark Evans5:02
6."Alive"Mark Evans Ft Ashleigh Gray3:20
7."In her Eyes"Mark Evans4:52
8."Until Then"Mark Evans3:52
9."To Where You Are"Mark Evans3:44
10."Keep on Believing"Mark Evans4:03
11."The Journey Home"Mark Evans4:49
12."Brand New You (Acoustic Version)"Mark Evans2:28
13."Adre'n Ôl (Homeward Bound)"Mark Evans4:20
14."Siglo'r Byd i'w Seilie (Roller Coaster)"Mark Evans3:35
Total length:56:00

Professional Television/Screen CreditsEdit

Television

Year Title Role(s)
2009 Eurovision: Your Country Needs You Finalist
March 2009 Dechrau Canu, Dechrau Canmol Headlining Guest Artist
May 2009 Dechrau Canu, Dechrau Canmol Headlining Guest Artist
May 2009 Shan Cothi Guest Performer
July 2009 Llangollen Gala Concert Performer
August 2009 Eisteddfod Bala Presenter
October 2009 Ysgoloriaeth Bryn Terfel Mentor
October 2009 Noson Lawen Main Guest Performer
December 2009 Carolau Llangollen Carols Headlining Artist
August 2010 Cymru'r West End Headlining Artist
October 2010 Big Welsh Talent Concert Artist
April 2011 Marcaroni Marcaroni
June 2011 Noson Lawen Main Guest Performer
September 2011 Gwyl Gobaith Artist
2011 Llanrhaeadr i Llundain Himself

Film

Year Title Role(s)
May 2009 Dead Hungry Chad
July 2009 Lake Placid 3 Brett

Dancing/Choreography

Year Title
2002 Royal Variety Performance
2003 Royal Variety Performance
2003 Grease Mania
2004 Madonna Mania
2004 Top of the Pops
2004 Ministry of Mayhem
2004 X-Change
2005 Elvis Mania
2005 Record of the Year

H&M clothing commercial, Playing Fred Astaire. European Christmas campaign.

Guest on TV shows

Year Title
13 February 2009 Bwrw'r Bar
1 May 2009 Unes 5
May 2009 Ffermio
12 June 2009 Wedi 7
June 2009 Y Garej
2 August 2009 Brecwast Bala
20 August 2009 Wedi 7
2009 Eisteddfod Yr Urdd
28 February 2010 Uned 5
1 August 2011 Wedi 7
1 August 2011 Eisteddfod Wrexham

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Mark Evans & Justin Mortelliti Talk Falling in Love, Making Their Broadway Debuts on the Same Block, and Getting Engaged". BroadwayBox.com. Retrieved 19 March 2018.
  2. ^ Mark Evans to star in Wicked Archived 26 March 2013 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 20 January 2012.
  3. ^ Mark Evans and Siobhan Dillon to Join Ghost the Musical. Retrieved 2 February 2012.
  4. ^ a b Mark Evans to Join Book Of Mormon. Retrieved 5 January 2013.
  5. ^ Book Of Mormon, You had me at Hello. Retrieved 20 January 2013.
  6. ^ Mark Evans stars in Marcaroni. Retrieved 2012.19.07.
  7. ^ Mark Evans has a Touch of Magic Archived 8 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 2012.23.07.
  8. ^ West End in Wales. Retrieved 2012.19.07.
  9. ^ Mark Evans on his West End in Wales Foundation Archived 2 February 2012 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 2012.19.07.
  10. ^ Mark Evans to star in Jet Set Go!. Retrieved 20 January 2012.
  11. ^ Mark Evans returns To North Wales for Snow White. Retrieved 20 January 2012.
  12. ^ Moynihan, Caitlin (13 September 2019). "Waitress Star Mark Evans on His The Greatest Showman Dreams & Becoming a Leading Man". broadway.com. Retrieved 8 November 2019.

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