Arts Centre Melbourne, State Theatre
After sell-out productions including South Pacific, The King and I and most recently the 60th anniversary production of My Fair Lady, we once again re-create one of the greatest works of musical theatre: the original West End and Broadway production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Evita, directed by Hal Prince and starring Tina Arena.
Legendary Broadway director Hal Prince has won 21 Tony Awards, more than any person in history. Hal Prince will be joined by fellow original creative team members including choreographer Larry Fuller and designer Timothy O’Brien, who returns to Opera Australia 40 years after designing Elijah Moshinsky’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream for us in 1978.
Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Evita is iconic, with more than 20 major awards to its credit, including the Olivier and Tony Awards for Best Musical, a Golden Globe and an Oscar for the film version starring Madonna and Antonio Banderas.
This musical captured the attention of the public when it was first staged in 1978 and in its 40th year and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s 70th year, we are thrilled to bring this “modern masterpiece” (New York Post) to Australia in all its original glory.
Featuring some of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s best-loved songs including ‘Don’t Cry For Me Argentina’, ‘On This Night of a Thousand Stars’, ‘You Must Love Me’, and ‘Another Suitcase in Another Hall’, Evita charts the story of Eva Perón, wife of former Argentine dictator Juan Perón, from her humble beginnings through to the extraordinary wealth, power and status which ultimately led her to be heralded as the ‘spiritual leader of the nation’.
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Enjoy delicious Argentinian food, wine and locally-brewed beers at the Stomping Ground La Boca pop-up beer garden, in the Arts Centre Melbourne forecourt from until 24 February. Sit back and savour live performances or get involved in tango lessons as you enjoy your meal.
The menu features empanadas, Argentinian grilled meats, salads and fries, along with indulgent dulce de leche caramel desserts from Southbank’s Asado. Collingwood’s Stomping Ground Brewing Co will serve a range of their beers, including an exclusive Argentinian-inspired lager.
You can also taste Argentinian-inspired flavours at Cafe Vic, Fatto Bar and Catina and Saké Restaurant & Bar Hamer Hall during the Evita season.
|Music by||Andrew Lloyd Webber|
|Lighting Designer||Richard Winkler|
|Sound Designer||Mick Potter|
|Projection Designer||Duncan McLean|
|Musical Director||Guy Simpson|
|Eva Perón||Tina Arena (except 6, 9 [mat], 16 [mat],
23 [mat] Feb)
Jemma Rix (6, 9 [mat], 16 [mat], 23 [mat] Feb)
|Juan Perón||Paulo Szot|
|Mistress||Alexis van Maanen|
|Kate Maree Hoolihan|
The role of Eva Perón will be performed by Tina Arena for the majority of shows throughout the season. Due to the requirements of the role of Eva Perón, one performance per week will be played by Jemma Rix. The appearance of any particular artist cannot be guaranteed as it is always subject to illness and leave arrangements.
Please note that this production contains strobe lighting effects.
Running time: approximately 2 hours & 18 minutes, including one interval
Evita Sponsors & Partners
Opera Australia Patron-in-Chief
Dr Haruhisa Handa