Evita

Definition

Theater

  • A musical by composer Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyricistTim Rice, that won some 40 international awards. It was first performedin London in 1978 at the Prince Edward Theatre, directed by Hal Princeand starring Stephanie Lawrence and John Turner. When it moved toBroadway, it won the 1980 Tony Award with a cast headed by ElainePaige and Joss Ackland. Alan Parker's film version appeared in 1996,with Madonna in the title role. A highly praised revival starring ElenaRoger opened in the West End in 2006.

    The story follows the brief career of the glamorous and manipulativeMaría Eva de Perón (1919 - 52), who was born inpoverty and rose to become the wife of President Juan Perónof Argentina. Evita's charitable work, beauty, and early death allhelped to create a popular myth around her name. The story, told inflashbacks by the cynical revolutionary Che Guevara, describes Eva'suse of men to become a successful model, broadcaster, and film actress,before she meets Colonel Perón and inspires him to run forthe nation's highest office. In her last hours, images of her lifeflow by and she wonders if she would have been happier as an ordinaryperson. The songs include 'Don't Cry for Me, Argentina' and 'AnotherSuitcase in Another Hall'.

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