If your idea of Evita is the role Madonna played in the 1996 movie, then you're missing out on an evening of extraordinary theater. The first Broadway production of Evita opened more than 30 years ago. Now this seven-time Tony-award winner is back in the Windy City with a whole new production, the first since its debut.
Evita tells the story of Eva Peron's ascent from the slums of Argentina to the presidential mansion as First Lady, using her beauty and charm. Adored by the people as a champion for the poor and downtrodden, she became one of the most powerful women in the world. Tragically, cancer took her life at age 33.
This production intersperses real news footage of Eva Peron's passing and funeral with live dancing, creating an almost surreal theatrical experience. The music by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber remains timeless. As with most Rice/Webber musicals, you'll leave the theater humming, "Don't Cry for Me, Argentina," or "The Money Kept Rolling In."
Tony nominee (Jesus Christ Superstar) Josh Young as Che is remarkable. He has the voice and presence of the character, adding both humor and bravado to the role. Caroline Bowman as Eva Person will sweep you off your feet as you watch her transform to Argentina's First Lady. Even in her small role as Peron's mistress, Kyrstina Alabado is magical.
Evita will play only through October 6th at the Oriental theatre, 24 West Randolph in downtown Chicago. Tickets at 800-775-200, all Ticketmaster locations or on line at www.BroadwayinChicago.com