Blockbuster Evita for Joburg and Cape Town

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Lloyd-Webber and Rice's EVITA comes to Johannesburg and Cape TownPieter Toerien and David Ian present the original West End and Broadway production of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s iconic musical Evita.

Directed by legendary Broadway director Hal Prince, it will star Emma Kingston, personally chosen by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Tim Rice and Hal Prince, as Eva Perón, with Jonathan Roxmouth as Che. The musical will play at the Teatro in Joburg in October and November, moving to Artscape in Cape Town for December and January.

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“A big, fat, high-octane blockbuster. The wait was worth it: Evita is a modern masterpiece!” – The New York Post

Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s seven-time Tony Award-winning musical Evita charts the rags-to-riches rise of the First Lady of Argentina, who won the love of her countrymen after marrying military leader-turned-president Juan Peron. Set in Buenos Aires between 1934-1952, the musical follows Eva Duarte Peron on her passionate and tragic journey from her humble beginnings as a fatherless child to ambitious actress to the most powerful woman in Latin America—and, eventually, to a saint-like figure after her death from cancer at age 33.

With more than 20 major awards to its credit, and an Oscar-winning film version starring Madonna and Antonio Banderas, Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Evita is iconic. Featuring some of the best loved songs in musical theatre, including Don’t Cry For Me Argentina, On This Night of a Thousand Stars, Oh What a Circus, High Flying, Adored, and Another Suitcase in Another Hall together with You Must Love Me, the Oscar-winning hit from the film, Evita is a must-see!

Hal Prince has won 21 Tony awards, more than any person in history. As well as Evita, his directorial and producing credits include Candide, West Side Story, Sweeney Todd, Show Boat, A Little Night Music, Follies, Cabaret and Fiddler on the Roof. Hal Prince said “I am absolutely thrilled to be directing this original production of Evita. I believe that it is Andrew and Tim’s finest work and audiences in South Africa are truly in for a treat.”

ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER is the recipient of 7 Tony awards, 7 Olivier awards, a Golden Globe and an Oscar. His musicals include Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar, Cats, Tell Me on a Sunday, Song and Dance, Starlight Express, Phantom of the Opera, Aspects of Love, Sunset Boulevard, Whistle Down the Wind, The Woman in White, Love Never Dies and School of Rock.

TIM RICE is the recipient of 3 Tony awards, 3 Olivier awards, 3 Oscars and 12 Ivor Novello awards. His musicals include Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar, Blondel, Chess, Beauty and the Beast, Aida and The Lion King.

EVITA will star South Africa’s own Jonathan Roxmouth (Grease, Beauty and the Beast, Phantom of the Opera, Sunset Boulevard, Sweeney Todd) as Che and Emma Kingston (In the Heights, Les Misérables), who has been personally chosen by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Tim Rice and Hal Prince, to play Eva Perón. Robert Finlayson will make a welcome return to the stage as Peron. The show will be choreographed by the original West End and Broadway choreographer Larry Fuller and be designed by original designer Timothy O’Brien.

JOHANNESBURG
The Teatro, Montecasino
14 October – 26 November
Performances: Tue – Fri at 20:00, Sat at 15:00 and 20:00, Sun at 14:00 and 17:30
Tickets: Wed – Sat and Sun matinee: R500, R400, R300 and R200
Tue and Sun eve: R450, R350, R250 and R150

CAPE TOWN
Artscape Opera
1 December 2017 – 7 January 2018
Performances: Tue – Fri at 20:00, Sat at 15:00 and 20:00, Sun at 14:00 and 17:30
Tickets: Wed – Sat and Sun matinee: R485, R385, R285, R200 and R150
Tue and Sun eve: R430, R330, R230, R150 and R100

Bookings open on 25 April 2017.Lloyd-Webber and Rice's EVITA comes to Johannesburg and Cape Town

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