The Story
Evita
Music
ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER

Lyrics
TIM RICE
This musical brings to life the dynamic, larger-than-life persona of Eva Peron, wife of former Argentine dictator, Juan Peron. Beginning with the young ambitious Eva, the musical follows her methodic rise to sainthood in her homeland. The story tells of the enormous wealth and power she gained and the means by which she became the beloved Evita.

PHOTOS
Original London Production
Original Broadway Production
2006 London Revival
2012 Broadway Revival
Artworks/ Posters

VIDEOS
Ricky Martin, Elena Roger and the 2012 Broadway revival company in a performance of "And The Money Kept Rolling In" on the Tony Awards.

MUSIC
You Must Love Me
Elena Roger
2012 Broadway Cast Recording

THE STORY

ACT ONE

As the houselights dim, the excitement in the air is palpable. Audience conversation is curtailed by the presence of massive murals above and to each side of us, as well as covering the stage. On the rich tapestries (in the style of Jose Clemente Orozco), we see the people of Argentina--workers and the wealthy, children, the sick, the impoverished and the military. There is no overture, instead we see a film on a huge screen which nearly covers the stage. Beyond it, the feet and sounds of the theatre patrons. The black and white film sputters to a stop and we hear catcalls and boos from the patrons. A man, silhouetted against the now empty screen, announces ..."To inform the people of Argentina that Eva Peron, spiritual leader of the nation, entered immortality at 20.25 hours today."

The screen majestically slides upstage while beaming down lights to illuminate the grief-stricken patrons. The orchestra surges into the funeral dirge and swiftly, the stage is cleared of chairs and men in white shirts solemnly lead the funeral procession onstage and open the coffin. The mourners move in a hesitation step samba past the coffin, some crossing themselves, others, hysterical, throwing themselves on the bier. Documentary newreel footage of the actual funeral procession fills the screen. Into this, weaves a cigar smoking, fatigue-garbed man, who looks into the coffin, then moves downstage to confront the audience. 'Sing You Fools,' is his reaction to the crowd, Oh What a Circus his observation to the audience. He informs us the glitzy years of Eva's rule were empty ones for the country. This all-purpose revolutionary is Che Guevara, who will strip the Peron years of their glamour, exposing the crawling corruption beneath.

Suddenly it is 1935 and the evening light is fading outside a tawdry cafe in Junin, Argentina. A well-known tango singer, Agustin Magaldi, is finishing his act (On This Night of a Thousand Stars) to the boredom of the patrons except for 15-year-old Eva Duarte, her three sisters and brother. Eva works her charms on him, and in nothing flat, Magaldi finds himself with her suitcase in his arms, taking Eva to Buenos Aires. Eva's first look at the big city is passionate. She knew it would be like this. At last, the possibilities are endless. Through a clever revolving door (with a mattress on one side) the next few years are encapsuled in a procession of lovers passing through, leaving an ever-more glamorous Eva, ending with her in a stunning white ostrich-feather peignoir and better and better-dressed men exiting her boudoir.

During this cynical spectacle, Che is there to comment caustically on each step upward. He is Everyman, the Stage Manager and Greek Chorus. (Guevara never met Eva, but he was Argentine, from a staunchly liberal family.)

Meanwhile, Juan Peron survives a ruthless game of musical rocking chairs (The Art of the Possible) with the rest of the G.O.U. colonels and becomes a power in the new government. He's the principal speaker at a Charity Concert (brilliantly staged facing into the wings, so we can see the intricate maneuvering behind the scenes), where he and Eva meet, calculatingly appraise each other, and each decides I'd Be Surprisingly Good For You. Eva ruthlessly tosses out Peron's nubile mistress du jour, who sings the plaintive Another Suitcase In Another Hall.

As Eva and Peron move toward the top of the power structure, two groups take notice--the offended army, and the aristocrats, who have been ousted from power. The two groups interweave on the stage with menace, but with no power to stop the couple (Peron's Latest Flame). Now installed in the luxury of Peron's colonel's quarters, a glamorous Eva in a cream satin robe convinces the faltering Juan to take control (A New Argentina) because he has the workers on his side. And suddenly, there they are--surrounding the lush bed with signs, banners and flaming torches to proclaim their support.


ACT TWO

Act Two begins with The balcony pushed way downstage, the screen behind it projecting the facade of the Casa Rosada. A crowd below is getting revved up by Peron on the balcony. Che gets in one comment "One has to admire the stage management" before being mugged and dragged offstage by Peron's henchmen. Then everything stills and the crowd calls, 'Evita, Evita,' and she emerges, resplendent in a glittering white ball gown and tells the people she loves them (Don't Cry for Me Argentina). After the song but before her speech, we get a glimpse behind the scenes as the center of the balcony revolves, the people move to the other side, the monstrous crowd is shown on the screen. It revolves again, and Eve delivers her rabble-rousing speech. She and Peron are now married and he is the president of Argentina. When it's all over, Eva deals with one voice of dissent and then undresses and sits at her vanity (facing upstage) as Che asks her what now (High Flying, Adored)? It's fascinating to watch her in repose (the only time we'll see her that way), but her self contemplation becomes self confidence and she finishes the song for him with a verse showing her determination and ambition.

She dresses (Rainbow High) for her Rainbow Tour, and leaves while Peron and his 'yes' men watch newsreel footage of the tour projected on the screen. As Eva's reception in Europe falters, Peron is more preoccupied by the two little cuties he's bouncing on his knees. The consensus is 'yes' and 'no' but no one cares, really. She comes back as the sleek, all-business, ruthless Eva, who has built a shield to protect her from slings and arrows. Che questions her motives, but she says, "Everything done will be justified by my foundation" and the scene segues into The Money Keeps Rolling In (and Out) as Eva dispenses cash and other goods to the poor. Che notes that though the foundation funds are growing, so is Juan and Eva's Swiss bank account. The aristocrats appear for one more try to oust her, and she has her goons undress them, turning them into the poor. After a staged religious tribute (Santa Evita), Che observes, "Get them while they're young, Evita. Get them while they're young."

This time, she whirls and confronts him and they berate each other as they do a waltz macabre (Waltz for Eva and Che), never touching, but with this electricity connecting them. No one wins as she tells him to get on his bus, then cries to God about her deteriorating physical health. Peron reminds the officers Eva's kept them where they are (Dice are Rolling). It's a shock to see a withered, shriveled Eva in her and Juan's adjoining bedrooms while she begs to be made vice president, because "I'm not that ill..." but Juan bluntly informs her she's dying. He slams the door between them, then comes in when she collapses onto the floor. He looks in the hall and swiftly closes the door so no one will see. Eva goes on the radio (Eva's Final Broadcast) to decline the nomination officially, then sees visions of her triumphs pass her, mockingly, on the stage. She's helped to a hospital bed by a nurse and sings of her dreams (Lament) and dies. The embalmers move in, Che emerges to stare at Peron, who leaves, realizing he's got to find some way to stop the erosion of his power base now that Eva's gone, and Che tells us "A monument to Eva was planned, but never completed, Peron was ousted three years later, and Eva's body disappeared for 17 years."

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CAST & CREATIVES
Creative
Producer HAL LUFTIG, SCOTT SANDERS
Direction MICHAEL GRANDAGE
Choreography ROB ASHFORD
Production Design CHRISTOPHER ORAM
Lighting Design NEIL AUSTIN
Sound Design MICK POTTER
Cast
Eva Peron ELENA ROGER
Che Guevarra RICKY MARTIN
Juan Peron MICHAEL CERVERIS
Agustin Magaldi MAX VON ESSEN
Peron's Mistress RACHEL POTTER
Creative
Producer THE REALLY USEFUL THEATRE COMPANY & ANDRE PTASZYNSKI
Direction MICHAEL GRANDAGE
Choreography ROB ASHFORD
Scenic Design CHRISTOPHER ORAM
Lighting Design PAUL CONSTABLE
Sound Design MICK POTTER
Cast
Eva Peron ELENA ROGER
Che Guevarra MATT RAWLE
Juan Peron PHILIP QUAST
Agustin Magaldi GARY MILNER
Peron's Mistress LORNA WANT
Creative
Producer ROBERT STIGWOOD & DAVID LAND
Direction HAROLD PRINCE
Choreography LARRY FULLER
Orchestrations HERSHY KAY & ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER
Production Design TAZEENA FIRTH & TIMOTHY O'BRIEN
Lighting Design DAVID HERSEY
Sound Design ABE JACOB
Cast
Eva Peron PATTI LuPONE
Che Guevarra MANDY PATINKIN
Juan Peron BOB GUNTON
Agustin Magaldi MARK SYERS
Peron's Mistress JANE OHRINGER
Creative
Producer ROBERT STIGWOOD & DAVID LAND
Direction HAROLD PRINCE
Choreography LARRY FULLER
Orchestrations HERSHY KAY & ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER
Production Design TAZEENA FIRTH & TIMOTHY O'BRIEN
Lighting Design DAVID HERSEY
Sound Design ABE JACOB
Cast
Eva Peron ELAINE PAIGE
Che Guevarra DAVID ESSEX
Juan Peron JOSS ACKLAND
Agustin Magaldi MARK RYAN
Peron's Mistress SIOBHAN McCARTHY
MUSICAL NUMBERS
ACT ONE

A Cinema In Buenos AiresSecretary of the Press
Requiem For EvitaPeople of Argentina
Oh What A CircusChe
On This Night Of A Thousand StarsMagaldi
Eva And MagaldiEva, Magaldi and Eva's Family
Eva Beware Of The CityEva and Magaldi
Buenos AiresEva
Goodnight And Thank YouChe, Magaldi, Eva and Eva's Lovers
The Art Of The PossiblePeron and Army Officers
Charity ConcertChe, Magaldi, Eva and Peron
I'd Be Surprisingly Good For YouEva and Peron
Another Suitcase In Another HallPeron's Mistress
Peron's Latest FlameChe, the Army and the Aristocracy
A New ArgentinaEva, Peron, Che and Full Company


ACT TWO

On The Balcony Of Casa RosadaPeron
Don't Cry For Me ArgentinaEva
High Flying AdoredChe and Eva
Rainbow HighEva and her Dressers
Rainbow TourChe, Peron, Eva and Full Company
The Actress Hasn't Learned The LinesEva and the Aristocracy
And The Money Kept Rolling In (And Out)Che and the People of Argentina
Santa EvitaThe Children
Waltz For Eva And CheEva and Che
You Must Love MeEva
She Is A DiamondPeron and the Army
Dice Are RollingPeron and Eva
Eva's Final BroadcastEva
MontageFull Company
LamentEva

Dreamgirls
Giant
Love Story
SIGHTS & SOUNDS

Original London Production
Original Broadway Production
2006 London Production
2012 Broadway Production
Artworks/ Posters

Ricky Martin, Elena Roger and the 2012 Broadway revival company in a performance of "And The Money Kept Rolling In" on the Tony Awards.
Elena Roger, Ricky Martin and Michael Cerveris in a promotional video featuring excerpts from the 2012 Broadway revival.
Elena Roger and company of the 2006 London revival in a video montage performing excerpts from the musical.
Patti LuPone, Bob Gunton and Mandy Patinkin lead the original 1979 Broadway cast in a performance of 'A New Argentina' at the Tony Awards.

High, Flying Adored David Essex & Elaine Paige Original London Cast Recording
Don't Cry For Me, Argentina Patti LuPone Original Broadway Cast Recording
Oh What A Circus Matt Rawle and Company 2006 London Cast Recording
You Must Love Me Elena Roger 2012 Broadway Cast Recording
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