It is hard to imagine another woman who would rise up from the poorest of society's edges to become a symbol of perfection -- and the perfect example of how our choices shape us in our quest for power.
This is the controversial life of Evita Duarte Peron and the subject of one of the only Andrew Lloyd Webber productions I can stomach. Its operatic presentation with little dialogue (but a thrilling libretto) should have you clamoring for tickets to Circle Theatre's 63rd summer season's big opening production.
Eva was an illegitimate 15-year-old who escaped a dirt-poor existence for the bright lights and opportunities of Buenos Aires. Often referred to as the saint to the working classes, on the other side of the tracks Evita was reviled by the aristocracy and mistrusted by the military. And all that she achieved, she did before she passed away at the age of thirty-three.
The cast of Evita features Jolene Frankey as Eva Peron, Derek Call as Che, Todd Lewis as Juan Peron, Maris Wimmer as Peron’s Mistress, and Jason Morrison as Magaldi.
The music is lush with more than two hours of Latin, pop, and jazz all mixed in beautifully. Evita never disappoints and Circle Theatre is sure to have all of us raising our arms in the air. So don't cry for us … but join us in celebrating this fantastic production.