There’s no shortage of theatrics in U.S. politics but if you’re looking to escape the drama of our election year, come travel back to the times of Argentine political leader Eva Peron. With music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, this rock opera explores the role of women in politics, the power of populism and the romantic rags-to-riches story of Evita’s life and charity work. Playful storytelling tempers the serious subject matter, turning this classic show into a celebration of one politician’s ability to connect with people and the issues that mattered most.
“During this extraordinary election cycle, our production of EVITA examines the present by exploring the not-too-distant past of post-WWII South American politics. The revolution of Peronism has remarkable resonance with the events of this political season, from the force of populism, nationalism, and the impact of income inequality to the rise of powerful women and political outsiders. The darker truth of populism and its historical relationship to fascism underpins the show and our production,” – Eric Rosen, Director
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Making the Play
Meet the Cast & Company
About the director
Artistic Director of Kansas City Repertory Theatre, was the founding Artistic Director of Chicago’s About Face Theatre (AFT) (1995-2008), and is a writer, director and producer. Original projects include Venice (KC Rep, Center Theatre Group-LA, upcoming Public Theater-NYC, “Best Musical of 2010”–TIME Magazine); Wedding Play (Steppenwolf/AFT, Jefferson nomination); Winesburg, Ohio (Steppenwolf, AFT-Jeff Award); Arden Theatre Company-Philadelphia, Barrymore Award; KC Rep); Clay (AFT, Lookingglass Theatre-Chicago, Center Theatre Group, KC Rep, Lincoln Center, LCT3-Drama Desk Nomination, Jeff Award); and Undone, Whitman and Dream Boy (Jeff Award, several productions across the country).
About the music
Andrew Lloyd Webber
Andrew Lloyd Webber is arguably the most successful composer of our time. He is best known for stage and film adaptations of his musicals Jesus Christ Superstar (1973), Cats (1994), Evita (1996), and The Phantom of the Opera (2004).
About the lyrics
A prolific lyricist and librettist, Tim Rice was born in Amersham, Buckinghamshire, in the fall of 1944. Rice pursued his university education at Lancing College and, briefly, at l'Universite de Paris - Sorbonne. He was considering a legal career around the time that he met Andrew Lloyd Webber in 1965.
About the choreographer
DARRELL GRAND MOULTRIE
KC Rep: debut. Off Broadway: Invisible Thread (co-choreographer). Regional Choreography: Witness Uganda (American Repertory Theatre); multiple works for The Juilliard School, Colorado Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, BalletMet Columbus, Ailey 2, Sacramento Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet, North Carolina Dance Theatre, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, Dance, Tulsa Ballet, Richmond Ballet, and Smuin Ballet. Opera El Publico (Federico Lorca world premiere, Teatro Real in Madrid, Spain). Other: Grammy Award-winning recording artist Beyoncé selected Moultrie as one of her choreographers for her ‘Mrs. Carter Show’ world tour. Mr. Moultrie also has collaborated with Tony Award-winners Savion Glover and director Diane Paulus. Performer: Broadway: Aida. Hairspray, Billy Elliot (original cast). International: West Side Story (La Scala Opera House, Milan, Italy). Awards: Princess Grace Choreography Fellowship Award. Upcoming: new works for Washington Ballet and NBA Ballet in Japan. Education: The Juilliard School. www.Darrellgrandmoultrie.com
*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.
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