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"Evita" revival hits Chicago on way to national tour

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More than 30 years after Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s “Evita” took seven Tony awards in 1980, producers Hal Luftig and Scott Sanders deemed Eva Perón’s rise from an Argentina slum to power, worthy of revival.

After officially opening in New York April 2012 where it closed January 2013, and received three Tony nominations, Luftig is ready this fall to take the show on the road for its national tour.

Thus, Chicago, which has become a favorite city to introduce new shows such as “Kinky Boots” and revisions such as “Book of Mormon,” has the “Evita” revival now through Oct. 6, 2013 at the Oriental Theatre.

Expect to leave the show humming “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina,” the signature song that spotlights why the ambitious Eva was adored.

Directed by Michael Grandage with choreography by Rob Ashford, the national tour has Caroline Bowman as Eva, Josh Young as Che, Sean McLaughlin as Peron, Christopher Johnstone as Magaldi and Krystina Alabado as Mistress.

Details: Tickets are $27-$90. The Oriental Theater is at 24 W. Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60601. For more information visit Broadway in Chicago.

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