Evita

  • Evita

    Bob Gunton and Patti LuPone as Juan and Eva Peron singing "Don't Cry For Me, Argentina” from the original Broadway cast (Photo: Martha Swope)

  • Evita

    Mandy Patinkin as Che Guevera and Patti LuPone as Eva Peron from the original Broadway cast. (Photo: Martha Swope)

Evita brings to life the rags-to-riches rise of Eva Peron, the First Lady of Argentina.

Lyrics by Tim Rice
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber

Evita charts the young and ambitious Eva Peron’s meteoric rise to sainthood. Set in Argentina between 1934-1952, the Tony-winning musical follows Eva Duarte on her journey from poor illegitimate child to ambitious actress to, as wife of military leader-turned-president Juan Peron, the most powerful woman in Latin America, before her death from cancer at age 33.

The events in Evita’s life are presented in song and commented on by the show’s narrator, Che. Well-known numbers from Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical masterpiece include “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina,” “Oh What a Circus,” “Buenos Aires” and “Another Suitcase in Another Hall.”

With strong leading and featured roles, scope for a large ensemble and one of Lloyd Webber’s most-loved scores, combining Latin, jazz, pop and more traditional influences, Evita is a terrific show for college, community theaters and professional groups. School teachers should determine whether the adult themes explored at certain points, especially in Act One’s number “Goodnight and Thank You,” are suitable for their students.

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Watch videos from the show

  • The original Broadway cast perform at the 1980 Tony Awards
  • The cast of the Broadway revival perform at the 2012 Tony Awards
  • Evita Theatrical Trailer
  • Minnetonka Schools Promo
  • "Peron's Latest Flame" from FSHA's production

Show tags

Performance Group: College, Community Theatre, Professional, University

Type: Sung Through

Style: Contemporary Broadway

Size of Orchestra: Large, Medium

Setting: Period/Historical

Genre: Biography, Drama, Historical, Period, Social Themes

Vocal Demands: Challenging

Dance Requirements: Moderate

Cast Size: Flexible, Large

Casting Opportunities: Children, Ensemble Cast, Expandable Casting, Multicultural Casting, Star Vehicle Female, Star Vehicle Male

Target Audience: Adult, Senior, Teen

Award Recognition: Broadway, Tony, West End

Collection: Award Winners, Community Theatre Favorites, Most popular, Star Vehicle Female, Star Vehicle Male