Tickets on sale Aug. 20 for Evita at Coronado

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Musical profiling life of Eva Perón, former wife of Argentine dictator Juan Perón, takes Coronado stage Sept. 26

Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s legendary musical Evita will be at Coronado Theatre at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 26. Tickets ($29-$49) go on sale Aug. 20 and can be purchased at the Coronado box office, online at or by calling (815) 968-0595. Discounts are available for groups of 20 or more by calling (815) 968-2722, ext. 12.

Winner of seven Tony Awards, Evita brings to life the dynamic, larger-than-life persona of Eva Perón, wife of former Argentine dictator Juan Perón.

Blessed with charisma, Eva Perón championed the working class and captured a nation. The epic story of her rise and fall 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. It was the first mega musical when it opened at the Broadway Theatre 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 & Hammerstein era to hit the world’s pop charts. Four show songs, including the breakout hit “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina,” were recorded globally. The Broadway cast won a Grammy Award 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.

Tim Rice (lyricist) won Tony awards for Best Book and Best Score for Evita. He also wrote the stage musicals Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar, Chess, King David and The Lion King. He received Oscars for Evita’s “You Must Love Me,” and “A Whole New World” from Aladdin.

Andrew Lloyd Webber (Composer) won a Tony Award for Best Score for Evita. He is the composer of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar, By Jeeves, Song & Dance, Starlight Express, The Phantom of the Opera, Aspects of Love, Sunset Boulevard and Whistle Down the Wind. He has won six Tony awards, three Grammy awards, and an Oscar in 1997 for Evita’s “You Must Love Me.”

from the Aug 15-21, 2007, issue

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