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Evita was first developed as a concept album about the Argentine first lady, Eva Peron, who became a figure of near religious devotion by many before she died of cancer in 1952 at age 33. The story tells of charismatic Eva Duarte and her rise from poverty in rural Argentina. She was an aspiring radio and film actress whose ambition to succeed caused her to attach herself to popular tango singer Agustin Magaldi and to follow him to Buenos Aires. She then became linked to rising politician Juan Peron who became Argentina's president. Eva became his second wife and Argentina's legendary first lady.
This is a rags to riches story but also a cautionary tale of a woman who hypnotized a nation and learned to control and manipulate the media. She was a saint to the lower class but criticized by the military and upper class. Che, the storyteller of Evita, musically narrates while also challenging Eva's motives. This portrait of power, lust, corruption and ambition is told through a stunningly beautiful score.
Evita originated in London's West End with Elaine Paige in the title role. The 1979 Broadway production followed with Patti LuPone as Eva, Mandy Patinkin as Che and Bob Gurton as Juan Peron. Modonna, Antonio Bandaras and Jonathan Pryce starred in the 1996 film. Currently the 2012 Broadway revival features Argentine actress/singer Elena Roger as Eva, Ricky Martin as Che and Michael Cerveris as Peron.
Evita has been honored with Olivier, Tony and Drama Desk awards for best musical and several other Tony awards including best book and best score. It sports a rich pop culture legacy. The Guild last presented this classic in 1988.
Nina Denton Pasinetti - Director, Choreographer
John Marshall - Musical Director
David Patrick -Accompanist
Thomas P. Pasinetti - Technical Director
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