“AN AUDACIOUS AND FASCINATING MUSICAL”
—The Guardian (UK, 1978 West End premiere)
Fame, power, and illusion collide in a new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s rock-opera Evita, directed by Sammi Cannold. This Tony Award-winning musical examines the rapid and controversial ascent of Eva Perón, the first lady of Argentina, until her untimely death at age 33.
Solea Pfeiffer (Almost Famous, Hamilton), who first blew the roof off City Center in Songs for a New World from the 2018 Encores! Off-Center Season, plays Eva as she emerges as a populist hero ensconced within the elite circles of Buenos Aires society. In iconic ballads like “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina” and “You Must Love Me,” 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 presentation deepens your understanding of one of Argentina’s most adored and reviled figures.
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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 Cavazos, Alexander Gil Cruz, Colin 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