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What Is the Story of Evita?
Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s Evita charts the rags-to-riches rise of the First Lady of Argentina, who won the love of her countrymen after marrying military leader-turned-president Juan Peron. Set in Buenos Aires between 1934-1952, the musical follows Eva Duarte Peron on her journey from fatherless child to ambitious actress to the most powerful woman in Latin America—and, eventually, to a saint-like figure after her death from cancer at age 33. The events in Evita’s life are presented in song and editorialized on by the show’s narrator, Che.
A petite dynamo from Buenos Aires making a brilliant Broadway debut, Elena Roger sympathetically portrays Eva as a driven soul who is not cynical about her machinations.Review by Michael Sommers from NJ.com
Director Michael Grandage scores with a dynamic new ‘Evita,’ graced by an impressive performance from Argentinean actress Elena Roger and the ticket-selling presence of recording star Ricky Martin.Review by Steve Suskin from Variety
What Is Evita Like?
This first Broadway revival of the popular 1979 musical has been given a lavish production by Tony-winning director Michael Grandage. The score includes hummable tunes like “Don’t Cry for Me, Argentina” (sung by a gorgeously gowned Evita in the now-famous balcony scene) and adds “You Must Love Me,” the Oscar-winning ballad sung by Madonna in the movie. Evita is a sweeping evening of Broadway entertainment, boasting a 25-member ensemble and captivating choreography by Rob Ashford.
Is Evita Good for Kids?
Evita explores adult themes of sexuality and power, particularly in the Act One number “Goodnight and Thank You.” Children may not be as captivated as adults by Evita, but parents can determine whether the musical is suitable for tween-age theatergoers.