Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s Evita returns to the West End for a strictly limited season to commemorate 65 years since the passing of Eva Perón. Produced by Bill Kenwright, this production was last seen at the Dominion Theatre in 2015 and this time takes up residence at the Phoenix Theatre.
A score featuring some of musical theatre’s most famous numbers, including "Don’t Cry For Me Argentina", "Another Suitcase in Another Hall" and the Oscar-winning "You Must Love Me", Evita is a musical masterpiece telling the story of Argentina’s most celebrated and adored First Lady, from her humble beginnings to her lasting legacy as "spiritual leader of the nation".
Emma Hatton (Wicked, We Will Rock You) takes on the iconic role of Eva, having recently played the role to critical acclaim on the UK tour. Italian performer Gian Marco Schiaretti makes his West End debut in the role of Che.
Joining them are Oscar Balmaseda, Sarah O’Connor, George Arvidson, Lewis Barnshaw, Jessica Ellen, Callum Fitzgerald, Kellie Gnauck, Dominic Adam Griffin, Joe McCourt, Jude Neill, Jordan Oliver, Chrissie Perkins, Oliver Slade, Matias Stegmann and Yuval Zoref.
Evita charts the story of Eva Peron, a poor girl who became first a famous actress then the wife of Argentine dictator Juan Peron, and who used her position to work tirelessly for the benefit of the women and the poor of Argentina.
She became a legendary figure in Argentine politics, adored by the citizens she worked to help, but she also faced critics and detractors. She was set to run as Vice President of of the country in 1951, but cancer caused her to step down from the race. In 1952 it took her life.
In the musical, the events of Eva's life are narrated by Che, an everyman character based on Cuban revolutionary leader Che Guevara.
The show features some of the most popular songs in the modern musicals canon, including "Don’t Cry For Me Argentina", "On This Night Of A Thousand Stars", "Another Suitcase In Another Hall", "Oh What A Circus" and "You Must Love Me".
Evita is recommended for ages 10+
Evita wasn't the first musical that composer Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyricist Tim Rice collaborated on. The dynamic duo had initially hit it off after Rice wrote Lloyd Webber a very sixties letter offering himself as a 'with-it' writer. Prior to the show's original West End opening night in 1978, the pair had worked on three other musicals: The Likes Of Us, Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Jesus Christ Superstar.
The idea for Evita came to the lyricist when he heard a radio play in 1972 based on the life of Eva Peron. The show was made into a popular film musical by director Alan Parker in 1996, with Madonna in the title role. The songstress went on to win Best Actress in a Musical Golden Globe for her contribution. The film adaptation featured changes to Lloyd Webber's original score. The now-famous Act 2 song You Must Love Me was written specifically for the film and was only added to the stage score after the film was released.
1978 Laurence Olivier Awards
Best New Musical
Best Performance in a Musical (Elaine Paige)
1980 Tony Awards
Best Original Score (Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice)
Best Book in a Musical (Tim Rice)
Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical (Patti LuPone)
Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical (Mandy Patinkin)
Best Direction of a Musical (Harold Prince)
Best Lighting Design (David Hersey)
1980 Drama Desk Awards
Outstanding Lyrics (Tim Rice)
Outstanding Music (Andrew Lloyd Webber)
Outstanding Actress in a Musical (Patti LuPone)
Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical (Bob Gunton)
Outstanding Director of a Musical (Harold Prince)
1980 Outer Critics Circle Award
Best Lyricist (Tim Rice)
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(3mins) Take Tottenham Court Road south (towards Leicester Square) and the theatre will be on your left after 100 metres.
NB: Central Line trains will not be stopping at Tottenham Court Road Tube Station until December 2015.