Movies and mu­sic

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POP star Tina Arena will play Eva Peron in the clas­si­cal mu­si­cal Evita. Arena (pic­tured), who has al­ready had a 40-year mu­sic ca­reer in Aus­tralia and over­seas, will take on the main role of the Tim Rice and An­drew Lloyd Web­ber mu­si­cal at the Syd­ney Opera House.

Arena has pre­vi­ously starred in Cabaret, Nine, Dy­na­mite and Joseph and the Amaz­ing Tech­ni­colour Dream­coat. Her Aussie pop chart hits of the 1990s in­clude sin­gles Chains and Sorrento Moon.

Opera Aus­tralia artis­tic di­rec­tor Lyn­don Ter­racini said he was thrilled to have Arena re­turn to the Aus­tralian mu­si­cal theatre stage for the pro­duc­tion.

“Tina is an ex­tra­or­di­nary artist with a com­mand­ing stage pres­ence,” he said.

“She will leave an in­deli­ble im­pres­sion with this de­mand­ing role, which has been played by Elaine Paige, Patti LuPone, Stephanie Lawrence, Elena Roger and, in the orig­i­nal Aus­tralian pro­duc­tion, Jen­nifer Mur­phy.”

Broad­way leg­end Hal Prince will di­rect the mu­si­cal. He has won 21 Tony Awards, more than any per­son in his­tory.

Fea­tur­ing some of Rice’s and Web­ber’s best-loved songs, in­clud­ing Don’t Cry For Me Ar­gentina, Evita charts the story of Eva Peron, wife of for­mer Ar­gen­tine dic­ta­tor Juan Peron, from her hum­ble be­gin­nings through to the ex­tra­or­di­nary wealth, power and sta­tus that ul­ti­mately led to her be­ing her­alded as the spir­i­tual leader of the na­tion.

This mu­si­cal cap­tured the at­ten­tion of the public when it was first staged in 1978. Tick­ets are on sale on Au­gust 31. Book at evi­tath­e­mu­si­cal.com.au. Per­for­mances start on Septem­ber 13.

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