TAMPA - Winner of seven Tony Awards, "Evita" comes to the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center's Carol Morsani Hall, Nov. 8 through 13.
"Evita" brings to life the dynamic, larger-than-life persona of Eva Peron, wife of former Argentine dictator, Juan Peron. Eva Peron, blessed with charisma, captivated a nation by championing the working class.
The epic story of the rise and fall of Eva Peron is told in a sweeping pop opera, featuring one of the Broadway stage's most dynamic and lush melodies, "Don't Cry For Me, Argentina."
From her illegitimate birth into poverty, to her status as a world player and South America's most important woman, "Evita" is a story of glamour, power and greed. Beginning its life as a concept album in 1976, "Evita" instantly became a global phenomenon.
"Evita" was the first mega musical when it opened at the Broadway Theatre on Sept. 25, 1979, setting records for the largest box office advance. It went on to
sweep all theater awards in 1979, winning seven Tonys, including Best Musical, Score, Book and Director. It played 1,568 performances, closing June 25, 1983.
"Evita" became the first Broadway show to be reproduced successfully in every major city in the world, including the Philippines, where it had been banned under the Marcos regime because of the uncomfortable parallels to Imelda Marcos. "Evita" also became the first musical since the Rodgers and Hammerstein era to burst on to the world's pop charts. Four of the show's songs including the break out hit "Don't Cry For Me Argentina," were recorded globally. The Broadway cast album won a Grammy in 1981.
A new generation was introduced to "Evita" in December 1996, when Alan Parker's critically acclaimed film version opened starring Madonna and Antonio Banderas. The film received five Oscar nominations, winning for Best Song, and won three Golden Globes, including Best Picture.
EVITA is presented in Tampa by the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center and the Florida Theatrical Association, and plays Nov. 8 to 13 in Carol Morsani Hall.
The performance schedule is Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m., and Sunday at 2 and 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are $31.50, $36.50, $47.50, $52.50, $57.50, $62.50, $67.50, and may be purchased at The Center Ticket Office, by calling (813) 229-STAR (7827) or (800) 955-1045 outside Tampa Bay or online at TBPAC.ORG.
The Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center is a fully accessible facility with features such as wireless headsets for the hearing impaired, large-print brochures, sign language interpretation at certain performances, a TDD Ticketing System and handicap seating available in all theaters.
For more information on The Center's Open Doors accessibility services, funded in part by MetLife Foundation, or to speak to a Disability Services Coordinator, call (813) 222-1061 and leave a message.