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A to Z Challenge – E is for Evita

Posted by mcm0704 on April 5, 2013 |

If I ever get back to New York, one play that I want to see is “Evita”, the Tony award-winning musical   by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice. It’s based on the life of Argentine political leader Eva Perón, the second wife of Argentine president Juan Perón, starting with her early life then her rise to power. It also highlights her charity work, and then her death.

Image Courtesy of Wikipedia

Until I looked up information on the show, I did not know that it began as a rock opera, with an album that was released in 1976. The album became so popular that it led to productions in London’s West End in 1978, and on Broadway a year later. In England the show won the Laurence Olivier Award, and later in the United States it received the Tony Award for Best Musical.

It’s possible that more people have seen the 1996 film of the musical starring Madonna and Antonio Banderas, and that might be an interesting bit of trivia to know should the topic come up in a conversation at a cocktail party. The musical was revived in London in 2006, and on Broadway in 2012, with the last Broadway production on January 26th.

Oops, I guess I missed my chance. Did you see the movie and/or the play? If not, is it a show you would like to see?

On another note, our production of “Our Town” opens tonight. I do have a bit of opening night jitters, but I am glad that the weeks of rehearsals has finally come to an end and I will have evenings free again.

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