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2019 Annual Gala Presentation




Nov 13 – 24, 2019



“Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Eva Perón is back and lovelier than ever”
—The Wrap

Fame, power, and illusion collide in a new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s rock-opera Evita, directed by Sammi Cannold. “Lloyd Webber gives you his most inventive, supple music” (The New York Times) in this Tony Award-winning musical, which examines the adored and reviled persona of Argentina’s first lady Eva Perón.

As Eva, Solea Pfeiffer (Almost Famous, Hamilton) “looks and sounds smashing throughout” (The New York Times). Playing the populist hero as she maneuvers her way into the elite circles of Buenos Aires society, Pfeiffer reveals the savvy artistry with which the eventual celebrity rose from her humble origins. Cannold’s bold new vision also casts Argentine actor and recording artist Maia Reficco to open the show as Young Eva, and the shadow presence of her troubled adolescence provides a unique perspective on Eva’s dazzling adult triumphs. They are joined by Jason Gotay (Call Me Madam at City Center) as Che, Enrique Acevedo (Zorba! at City Center) as Juan Perón, and Philip Hernandez (Les Misérables) as Magaldi. On the one-hundredth anniversary of Eva Perón’s birth, this is “an Evita newly tailored for our time” (The New York Times).

Funds raised at all performances of Evita will allow City Center to make the performing arts accessible to the widest possible audience by subsidizing education programs and affordable tickets throughout the year.

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Point of View

Point of View

Sammi Cannold, Frank DiLella, Solea Pfeiffer, and Maia Reficco

NY1 talks with the cast and creatives about this new production of Evita and the history of New York City Center
Spectrum News NY1
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“What is the responsibility of a storyteller to their subjects? Check out Evita Director Sammi Cannold’s talk at TEDxBroadway about how her experience researching the real-life Eva, traveling in Argentina, and speaking with her nurse and confidant affected her approach to the show.”
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A New Generation of Women Take On Evita
— Jose Solís
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Examining director Sammi Cannold’s innovative new concept.
— Jose Solís
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Cast & Credits

Cast & Credits

Book and Lyrics by Tim Rice
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber
Co-Choreographed by Emily Maltby and Valeria Solomonoff
Music Director Kristen Blodgette
Directed by Sammi Cannold

Starring Enrique Acevedo, Jason Gotay, Philip Hernandez, Solea Pfeiffer, Maia Reficco, and Maria Cristina Slye.

With Sergio Martín Almirón, Fabio Angelo, Isa Antonetti, Leah Barsky, Kristina Bermudez, Edgar CavazosAlexander Gil CruzColin Cunliffe, Rebecca Eichenberger, Jennifer Florentino, Tessa Noelle Frascogna, David Michael Garry, Rebecca Hargrove, Mariano Logiudice, Robin Masella, Bronson Norris Murphy, Phoebe Garcia Pearl, Guillermina Quiroga, Lucas Thompson, Daniel Torres, and Ricardo A. Zayas.



Major production support is provided by
Joseph S. and Diane H. Steinberg Charitable Trust

Photos by Paula Lobo and Leah Portis