- Dates: 2nd April – 6th April 2019
- Venue: Gala Theatre
- Director: Fred Wharton
- Musical Director: Malcolm Moffat & Martin Dack
- Choreographer: Kathleen Knox
Following on from our multi-award-winning production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Sunset Boulevard”, Durham Musical Theatre Company is proud and privileged to be bringing to Durham for the first time, the Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice mega-hit, “Evita”.
“Evita” charts the story of Argentine political leader, Eva Perón, the second wife of Argentine dictator, Juan Perón, from her humble beginnings through to the extraordinary wealth, power and status which ultimately led her to be heralded as the ‘spiritual leader of the nation’ by the Argentine people.
“Evita” opened in London in 1978 and made an overnight star of it’s leading lady, Elaine Paige. David Essex played the narrator, Che, with Joss Ackland as Perón. The following year, the show opened on Broadway, starring Patti LuPone, Mandi Patinkin and Bob Gunton. Many international productions and tours followed and in 1996 a major film of the musical was made with Madonna, Antonio Banderas and Jonathan Pryce in the lead roles.
The score of “Evita”, including: “High Flying, Adored”, “On This Night of a Thousand Stars”, “Oh, What a Circus”, “Another Suitcase in Another Hall” and the iconic “Don’t Cry for Me, Argentina”, became an instant sensation with several numbers going straight to the top of the charts.
This is a rare opportunity to experience in Durham this powerful piece of musical theatre, which has more than 20 major awards to its credit. “Evita” is full of ‘star quality’ and has garnered rave reviews wherever it has played:
“Evita” is magnificent, original, compelling. A masterpiece!~ The Sunday Times
“Evita” is a stunning, exhilarating experience!~ The New York Post
“Evita” is a blockbuster musical!~ Artslink