Evita

Evita

Coming to Abingdon 22 – 26 October 2019

Evita is a musical with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics and book by Tim Rice. The musical began as a rock opera concept album released in 1976. Its success led to productions in London’s West End in 1978, winning the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Musical, and on Broadway a year later, where it was the first British musical to receive the Tony Award for Best Musical.

Elaine Paige as Evita
Elaine Paige as Evita in 1978

This has been followed by a string of professional tours and worldwide productions and numerous cast albums, as well as a major 1996 film of the musical starring Madonna and Antonio Banderas. The musical was revived in London in 2006, and on Broadway in 2012, and toured the UK again in 2013–14 before running for 55 West End performances at the Dominion Theatre in September–October 2014.

Evita is based on the historical story of María Eva Duarte de Perón, a poor Argentinian girl who grows up to be the wife of the president of Argentina, worshipped by her people. As a young woman who longs for an acting career, fame, and fortune, Eva quickly learns that her feminine wiles hold power among a culture, and a political system, run by men. Once she makes it to Buenos Aires, Evita finds fame and power, eventually seducing the rising political figure, Juan Perón, who becomes the President of Argentina.

As First Lady of Argentina, she aligns herself with the poor, winning herself, and Perón, popularity among Argentinians. Evita becomes a hero to the poor and the working class­—and an enemy to the rich. A young and unknown revolutionary, Ché, narrates the rise and fall of the beloved matriarch of the Argentinian people. This blockbuster musical, made even more famous as a 1996 Hollywood film starring Madonna and Antonio Banderas, shows both the righteous determination, and the ruthless power, of Argentina’s 20th century matriarch.

Madonna and Antonio Banderas in the 1996 movie

Principal Roles

Eva Perón ~ Mezzo-Soprano
Ché ~ Tenor
Juan Perón ~ Baritone
Augustin Magaldi ~ Tenor
Perón’s Mistress ~ Soprano
Ensemble