Cast size: Large
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber Lyrics by Tim Rice

TIM RICE and ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER | Book Musical | Large

  • About the Show

    Evita brings to life the dynamic, larger-than-life persona of Eva Peron.

    Beginning with a young and ambitious Eva, the production follows her meteoric rise to sainthood. The story tells of the enormous wealth and power she gained and the means by which she became the beloved Evita.

    Evita’s memorable “Don’t Cry For Me Argentina” was recorded and released in 1976 followed by the complete double album release, which went gold. The stage production opened on June 21, 1978 at the Prince Edward Theatre in London with Elaine Paige in the title role and Joss Ackland as her formidable Juan Peron.

    Following stints in Los Angeles and San Francisco , Evita premiered on Broadway at the Broadway Theatre on 25th September 1979 . The production ran for an incredible 1,567 performances (more than twice as many as Jesus Christ Superstar). Evita won an impressive seven Tony Awards including Best Book, Best Score and Best Musical of the year. In 1981, the Evita cast recording was awarded a Grammy Award.

    Productions of Evita have been performed all over the world, including performances in Austria, Spain, Mexico and South Africa. A revival of the show opened at London’s Adelphi Theatre in 2006, with Argentinian actress Elena Roger as Eva. The production ran until May 2007 and was nominated for a number of awards, including a nomination for Elena Roger as Best Actress In A Musical at the 2006 Laurence Olivier Awards.

    A new production of Evita opens on Broadway in 2012, starring Elena Roger, Ricky Martin and Michael Cerveris.

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    Synopsis

    Evita tells the story of Eva Peron, wife of former Argentinean dictator Juan Peron. She was a controversial figure, but much loved by the ordinary people of Argentina. The show opens with the scenes of mourning which accompanied her death.

    Our narrator, Che, then takes us back to her humble beginnings in the town of Junin, Argentina.

    From there she follows her lover, the Tango singer Magaldi, to the big city, Buenos Aires.

    Here she establishes herself as an actress and has many lovers. Eva meets Juan Peron at a fundraising event and he falls for her. She usurps his 16-year-old mistress and moves into his apartment.

    Eva’s ambition pushes Peron onwards, and she gathers support for him from the working classes. As her career as an actress takes off, so does Peron’s political career. Eva rallies the workers, visiting factories, dockyards and union headquarters. In 1946 Peron is elected President of Argentina and Eva becomes First Lady.

    Eva despises the women of the aristocracy, who in turn do not accept her. Excluded from the Society of Philanthropy, normally led by the President’s wife, she establishes her own fundraising charity, the Social Aid Foundation. Her methods are unconventional and include literally throwing money into the air in poor areas.

    Her beauty and glamour ensure she has star quality, she is often compared to a princess or a saint, but her Rainbow Tour of Europe tests her celebrity to the limit.

    As her health begins to fail, she continues to campaign for the poor but she dies on 26 July 1952.

    The country goes into mourning for Santa Evita. ‘It is the sad duty of the secretary of the press to inform the people of Argentina that Eva Peron, spiritual leader of the nation, entered immortality at 20.25 hrs. today.’

    Casting Information

    Principals

        1 Woman
        2 Men

    FEATURED

        1 Woman
        1 Men

    ENSEMBLE

        Singing-dancing ensemble consisting of the people of Argentina

    CHARACTERS

        Eva Peron
        Peron
        Che
        Peron’s Mistress
        Magaldi
        Men, Women and Children of Argentina

Partners & Associates

  • cipc
  • bsa
  • samro