Evita Opens National Tour From Providence Performing Arts Center
Monday, September 09, 2013
Restaged slightly from the recent Broadway revival, which was a more traditionally sumptuous version of the 1970s original, this Evita remains full of movement, color, and memorable songs. Whether you saw it in its original form, endured the Hollywood film, or want to introduce the teens in your family to a respectable musical take on historic events, the new Evita is absolutely worth catching before it hits the road for its national tour. (In fact, three productions will launch their national tours from Providence's PPAC this season--no mean feat.)
This production stars Caroline Bowman as Eva Peron, who holds the stage with a big voice and sex appeal, supported by Tony-nominated Josh Young as Che, the sardonic Greek chorus who narrates via song the climb (and eventual fall) of Evita, and Sean MacLaughlin as Peron. The production is nimbly directed by Tony and Olivier Award-winner Michael Grandage and choreographed by Tony Award-winner Rob Ashford. It's a winning combination.
Eva Peron is cast here as having used her beauty and charisma to rise meteorically from the slums of Argentina to the presidential mansion as First Lady. Known as Evita to her people, she won international acclaim and adoration for her championing of the poor; simultaneously, her glamour and thirst for the trappings of power also made her a major political celebrity. The musical telling of Peron's rise includes songs firmly embedded in the American songbook, including "Don't Cry for Me Argentina," "Buenos Aires," "Another Suitcase in Another Hall," and "High Flying Adored." It's memorable indeed to have these songs ringing in PPAC. Catch Evita before she leaves town.
Evita runs in Providence through September 14. Tickets for Evita are $80-$43; all ticket prices include a $3 per ticket restoration charge and are subject to change. Get tickets online at www.ppacri.org, by phone at (401) 421-ARTS and at the PPAC Box Office, at 220 Weybosset Street, Providence.
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