'Evita' Rises to New Heights at the Marriott Theatre
This passionate and powerful rock opera comes to life at the Marriott Theatre, introducing EVITA to a whole new generation of musical fans. The show was first produced in 1978 with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice and was turned into a movie starring Madonna in 1996. EVITA tells the story of Argentine political leader Eva Perón, the second wife of Argentine president Juan Perón, from her early life, rise to power, charity work, and death from cancer at age 33.
Playing now through June 5, EVITA was the winner of seven Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book and is directed by Jeff Award-nominee Alex Sanchez with musical direction by Ryan T. Nelson.
The life of Eva Peron was mired in controversy, as she charmed her way up the ladder of Argentina's political arena and aristocracy to become a champion of the working class. With famous numbers like "Don't Cry for Me, Argentina" and "The Money Kept Rolling In," this classic rags-to-riches tale showcases an enigma of a woman both loved and reviled.
As Eva Peron, Hannah Corneau has elegant beauty and range of voice to capture the essence of this iconic figure as she grows into the hearts of Juan Person and his people. Handsome Larry Adams is convincing as the powerful Juan Peron with charm and a booming vocals. Austin Lesch as "Che" carries his disdain for the character throughout the show, while convincing the audience that Eva is only out for herself.