"He is a very bizarre, very interesting character," he said. "He and Evita have a very symbiotic relationship - if she hadn't come along, he wouldn't have been president."
Rainey said he and Capece were just talking this week about the relationship between Evita and Juan. It may have begun because Evita, as a radio show host, could help propel Juan to power.
But the couple grew to love each other.
"Emily and I were trying to decide at which point he became committed to her," Rainey said. "So it's an interesting role to play."
Rainey hasn't seen a stage production of the show, although he has seen the movie. He jokes he is perfect for the role - he is 13 years older than his wife, Caroline Chamness Rainey, who also appears in the production.
"It's kind of been old home week. Older man with a younger woman. It's an easy fit," he said, laughing.
Contact writer Monica Orosz at mon...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4830.
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When: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday, May 10, 11, 17 and 18; 3 p.m. May 12.
The cast: Emily Barber Capece in the title role, Ryan Hardiman as Che, Bill Rainey as Juan Peron, Ted Brightwell as Migaldi and Beth Winkler Bowden as Peron's Mistress. The singing and dancing ensemble includes Amelia Allen, Bryan Archer, Kennie Bass, Julia Battle, Cary Brown, Bryan Chin, Galen Crow, Kimberly Smith-Harry, Katlin Kouns, Bob McCarty, Susan McKay, Susanna Morris, Laurie Pennington, Hannah Peterson, Dennis Pauley, Toni Pilato, Caroline Chamness Rainey, Christy Roy, Katie Shaver, Julie Simon, Carl Simpkins, Nick Staples, Ashley Van Brocklin, and Tim Whitener.
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