The hugely popular musical Evita, featuring music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice is coming to Dublin this February.
Starring Marti Pellow as Che, this production promises to entertain and wow audiences with some of the most famous songs in musical history. ‘Don’t Cry for Me Argentina‘, ‘Oh What a Circus‘ and ‘You Must Love Me‘ are just some of the songs that have contributed to this musical’s success.
Concentrating on the life of Eva Perón, the Argentinean political leader and second wife of Juan Perón, then President of Argentine, the musical follows her life, rise to power and charity work before her death at the age of thirty three.
The musical, which started as a rock opera concept album, has won many awards including the Laurence Olivier Award for best musical and the Tony Award for best musical. It was adapted into an Oscar winning film in 1996, starring Madonna as Evita and Antonio Banderas as Ché.
The idea for the musical came about after Tim Rice heard the end of a radio programme on Evita Perón. He had been a stamp collector as a child and had always been fascinated by her face on the Argentine stamps. After much research, he approached Andrew Lloyd Webber with the idea for the musical but was rejected by him.
Rice went on to collaborate with a different playwright only for the production to end in failure. Rice then returned to Lloyd Webber and the musical was born.
Evita opens on February 10th and runs until February 15th at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre. Performances are at 7.30pm every day with the addition of matinee performances at 2.30pm on Wednesday February 12th and Sunday February 15th.
Tickets are priced between €18 and €55 and there is a group offer where groups of 10+ receive a €5 discount from Monday to Thursday only. Tickets can be purchased online through Ticketmaster or by calling the box office on +353 (0) 1 677 7770.
Bord Gáis Energy Theatre
Grand Canal Square
Tel: 01 677 7999
All photographs courtesy Evita Facebook page