April 5, 2012
Evita follows the Cinderella story of Eva Duarte Peron, a girl from rural Argentina who rose to fame as an actress and eventually became a worldwide celebrity after she married General Juan Peron, who was elected President of Argentina.
The rise to power of the charismatic First Lady of Argentina, Eva Duarte Peron, and her husband, Juan, during the late 1940s and early 1950s. The musical began as a concept album in 1976.
The musical premiered on the West End in 1978 and won the Society of West End Theatre Awards for Musical of the Year and Performance of the Year (Elaine Paige). Evita debuted on Broadway in 1979 and picked up seven 1980 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Direction of a Musical (Hal Prince), Best Actress in a Musical (Patti LuPone) and Best Featured Actor in a Musical (Mandy Patinkin). Director Michael Grandage's revival debuted in London in June 2006, starring Elena Roger, who reprised her performance on Broadway.
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; lyrics by Tim Rice
Hal Luftig, Scott Sanders Productions, Roy Furman, Yasuhiro Kawana, Allan S. Gordon/Adam S. Gordon, James L. Nederlander, Terry Allen Kramer, Gutterman Fuld Chernoff/Pittsburgh CLO, Thousand Stars Productions, Adam Blanshay, Adam Zotovich, Robert Ahrens, Stephanie P. McClelland, Carole L. Haber, Richard Hornos, Carol Fineman, Brian Smith, Warren and Jale Trepp
—Broadway.com Audience Choice Award nomination for Favorite Musical Revival
—Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Revival of a Musical
—Outer Critics Circle Award nomination for Outstanding Revival of a Musical
—Drama League Award nomination for Distinguished Revival of a Musical
Barbra Streisand, Ann-Margret, Meryl Streep, Faye Dunaway and Raquel Welch all competed with Patti LuPone to play Eva in the original Broadway mounting.