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Published on Apr 5, 2011

Evita is a musical production with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice. It concentrates on the life of Argentine political leader Eva Perón, the second wife of Argentinian president Juan Perón. The story follows Evita's early life, rise to power, charity work, and eventual death.

Evita began as a rock opera concept album released in 1976. Its success led to productions in London's West End in 1978, and on Broadway a year later, both of which enjoyed considerable success. A major 1996 film of the musical was made, starring Madonna and Antonio Banderas. The musical was revived in London in 2006. Evita has been given numerous professional tours and worldwide productions, and numerous cast albums have been recorded.
The show opened at the Broadway Theatre on 25 September 1979 and closed on 26 June 1983, after 1,567 performances and 17 previews. Patti LuPone starred as Eva, with Mandy Patinkin as Che, Bob Gunton as Perón, and Jane Ohringer as Peron's mistress. Harold Prince directed with choreography by Larry Fuller. During the run, six actresses alternated playing the title role, in addition to LuPone: Terri Klausner, Nancy Opel, Pamela Blake (matinees), Derin Altay, Loni Ackerman and Florence Lacey (evenings).[24] David Cantor understudied Patinkin and often performed as Che.

LuPone has stated about her time in Evita:" 'Evita' was the worst experience of my life,' she said. 'I was screaming my way through a part that could only have been written by a man who hates women. And I had no support from the producers, who wanted a star performance onstage but treated me as an unknown backstage. It was like Beirut, and I fought like a banshee
Original Broadway Production * Patti LuPone - Eva Perón * Mandy Patinkin - Che * Bob Gunton - Perón * Jane Ohringer - Perón's Mistress * Mark Syers - Magaldi
1978 Olivier Awards * Best New Musical * Best Actress in a Musical - Elaine Paige (Winner)

1980 Tony Awards * Best Musical (Winner) * Best Original Score (Winner) * Best Book of a Musical (Winner) * Best Actress in a Musical - Patti LuPone (Winner) * Best Featured Actor in a Musical - Mandy Patinkin (Winner) * Best Featured Actor in a Musical - Bob Gunton (Nomination) * Best Direction of a Musical - Harold Prince (Winner) * Best Lighting Design — David Hersey (Winner) * Best Scenic Design (Nomination) * Best Costume Design (Nomination) * Best Choreography (Nomination)

1980 Drama Desk Awards * Outstanding Musical (Winner) * Outstanding Lyrics (Winner) * Outstanding Music (Winner) * Outstanding Actor in a Musical - Mandy Patinkin (Nomination) * Outstanding Actress in a Musical - Patti LuPone (Winner) * Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical - Bob Gunton (Winner) * Outstanding Director of a Musical - Harold Prince (Winner) * Outstanding Choreography (Nomination) * Outstanding Costume Design (Nomination) * Outstanding Lighting Design (Nomination)

1980 Outer Critics Circle Awards * Best Lyricist (Winner)

2007 Olivier Awards * Outstanding Musical Production (Winner) * Best Actress in a Musical - Elena Roger (Nomination) * Best Actor in a Musical - Philip Quast (Nomination) * Best Theatre Choreography - Rob Ashford (Nomination)


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