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Arts Cen­tre Mel­bourne, State Theatre From 5 De­cem­ber

Af­ter sell-out pro­duc­tions in­clud­ing South Pa­cific, The King and I and most re­cently the 60th an­niver­sary pro­duc­tion of My Fair Lady, we once again re-cre­ate one of the great­est works of mu­si­cal theatre: the orig­i­nal West End and Broad­way pro­duc­tion of An­drew Lloyd Web­ber’s Evita, di­rected by Hal Prince and star­ring Tina Arena.

Leg­endary Broad­way di­rec­tor Hal Prince has won 21 Tony Awards, more than any per­son in his­tory. Hal Prince will be joined by fel­low orig­i­nal cre­ative team mem­bers in­clud­ing chore­og­ra­pher Larry Fuller and de­signer Ti­mothy O’Brien, who re­turns to Opera Aus­tralia 40 years af­ter de­sign­ing Eli­jah Moshin­sky’s A Mid­sum­mer Night’s Dream for us in 1978.

Tim Rice and An­drew Lloyd Web­ber’s Evita is iconic, with more than 20 ma­jor awards to its credit, in­clud­ing the Olivier and Tony Awards for Best Mu­si­cal, a Golden Globe and an Os­car for the film ver­sion star­ring Madonna and An­to­nio Ban­deras.

This mu­si­cal cap­tured the at­ten­tion of the pub­lic when it was first staged in 1978 and in its 40th year and An­drew Lloyd Web­ber’s 70th year, we are thrilled to bring this “mod­ern mas­ter­piece” (New York Post) to Aus­tralia in all its orig­i­nal glory.

Fea­tur­ing some of An­drew Lloyd Web­ber’s best-loved songs in­clud­ing ‘Don’t Cry For Me Ar­gentina’, ‘On This Night of a Thou­sand Stars’, ‘You Must Love Me’, and ‘An­other Suit­case in An­other Hall’, Evita charts the story of Eva Perón, wife of for­mer Ar­gen­tine dic­ta­tor Juan Perón, from her hum­ble be­gin­nings through to the ex­tra­or­di­nary wealth, power and sta­tus which ul­ti­mately led her to be her­alded as the ‘spir­i­tual leader of the na­tion’.

LYRICS BY Tim Rice MU­SIC BY An­drew Lloyd Web­ber DI­REC­TOR - Hal Prince DE­SIGNER - Ti­mothy O’Brien CHORE­OG­RA­PHER - Larry Fuller LIGHT­ING DE­SIGNER - Richard Win­kler SOUND DE­SIGNER - Mick Pot­ter PRO­JEC­TION DE­SIGNER - Dun­can McLean ORCHESTRATIONS - David Cullen MU­SI­CAL SU­PER­VI­SOR - Guy Simp­son

For more in­for­ma­tion about the amaz­ing op­eras pre­sented by Opera Aus­tralia, and to pur­chase tick­ets, go to www.opera..org.au

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