The story of Eva Perón's humble beginnings, her rise to fame as a radio star and actress, her political career in
Argentina and eventual death at a young age.
July 22-Aug. 2
Wednesday – Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday at 2 p.m.
Directed by Bill Mutimer
The Lipkin Theatre
Three years after the successful launch of their concept-album-turned-musical Jesus Christ Superstar, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice returned to the format with their next collaboration, Evita.
In 1973, Rice heard a radio show about Eva Perón, the second wife of Argentine president Juan Perón, which intrigued him. As a child stamp collector, he had been fascinated by her image on the Argentine stamps, but was unaware of her significance in Argentina's history. He began research and the more he investigated Eva Perón (going so far as to travel to Buenos Aires to research her life), the more fascinated he became by the woman; he even named his first daughter after her.
Rice suggested the idea of a musical based on the subject to Lloyd Webber, but although the idea of writing a score including tangos, pasos dobles, and similar Latin flavors intrigued him, Lloyd Webber initially rejected the idea but eventually returned to it.
Rice created a character, Che, to serve as a narrator and Greek chorus. Although he had recently discovered Che Guevara was Argentine, he did not necessarily intend that the character be based upon him, despite inserting specific biographical details into the lyrics that clearly apply to Guevara.
The result is a musical that opened in 1979, capturing seven Tony's - including Best Musical, Original Score, Book, Actress, Featured Actor, Director and Lighting.