Similar to Webber and Rice's famous rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita also began as a concept album, recorded in 1976 before its stage debut in London's West End in 1978. The original Broadway production opened September 25, 1979, and ran for 1,567 performances, winning seven Tony Awards: Best Musical, Best Score for Webber and Rice, Best Director for Hal Prince, Best Book for Rice, Best Actress for Patti LuPone, Best Featured Actor in a Musical for Mandy Patinkin, Lighting Design.
Evita tells the story of Eva Perón, the wife of Argentinian President Juan Perón, who rose from the slums of Buenos Aries to rule over the presidential mansion and politics of Argentina as First Lady. The original "People's Princess," Eva Perón earned the love of her people while her thirst for power and acceptance made her a political celebrity.
Songs from this famous Tony-winning, rock musical score include "Don’t Cry for Me Argentina,” “Another Suitcase in Another Hall,” and “High Flying Adored.” Added into the stage show is the Academy Award-winning song, “You Must Love Me,” which Webber and Rice wrote for the 1996 film version of Evita starring Madonna and Antonio Banderas.
Cast & Creative
The 2012 Broadway revival of Evita is led onstage by an all-star cast. Rock music star and Broadway Les Miserables alum Ricky Martin plays "Che." Olivier Award-winning Argentinean singer Elena Roger makes her Broadway debut as "Eva Perón," having won critical acclaim in the role in the 2006 West End revival. Michael Cerveris, Best Featured Actor Tony winner for Stephen Sondheim's Assassins, plays "Juan Perón."Directing the 2012 Broadway revival of Evita is the 2006 West End revival's director, Michael Grandage, who won the Tony for Best Director of a Play for Red, prior to directing a production at the Metropolitan Opera. The dancing is staged by Rob Ashford, who won the Tony Award for Best Choreographer for Thoroughly Modern Millie. Hal Luftig and Scott Sanders are producing.
The creative team also includes Scenic and Costume Designer Christopher Oram, who won the Tony Award for Best Scenic Design for Red, and Tony Award-winning Lighting Designer Neil Austin, who also worked on Red. Kristen Blodgette of Mary Poppins is the Music Supervisor/Director, and Orchestrations are by Andrew Lloyd Webber and David Cullen, who worked on Webber's Sunset Boulevard. Dance arrangements are by Billy Elliot the Musical's David Chase. Sound Design is by Mick Potter, the Olivier Award-winning Sound Designer for Woman In White. Wig and Hair Design is by Richard Mawbey of Frost/Nixon. The Projection Designer is Zachary Borovay of Rock of Ages.
Rounding out the cast are Max Von Essen as "Magaldi," Rachel Potter as "The Mistress," Christina DeCicco as the alternate/standby for "Eva Perón," as well as Ashley Amber, George Lee Andrews, Wendi Bergamini, Eric L. Christian, Kristine Covillo, Colin Cunliffe, Margot de La Barre, Bradley Dean, Melanie Field, Jennie Ford, Bahiyah Sayyed Gaines, Constantine Germanacos, Laurel Harris, Nick Kenkel, Brad Little, Erica Mansfield, Emily Mechler, Sydney Morton, Jessica Lea Patty, Aleks Pevec, Kristie Dale Sanders, Timothy Shew, Michaeljon Slinger, Johnny Stellard, Alex Michael Stoll, Daniel Torres, and Matt Wall.Evita is set as an open-ended run. Tickets can be purchased through the website.