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Evita - The Musical

When:

Thu 19 Nov 2015, 7:30pm–10:00pm
Fri 20 Nov 2015, 7:30pm–10:00pm
Sat 21 Nov 2015, 2:00pm–4:30pm
Sat 21 Nov 2015, 7:30pm–10:00pm
Sun 22 Nov 2015, 4:00pm–6:30pm

Where: The Opera House, 111 - 113 Manners Street, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • From: $30.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: Sandra Roberts

Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s masterpiece, Evita – the story of the glamorous first lady of Argentina, Eva Perón – is now playing in Wellington.

Set in Buenos Aires between 1934-1952, Evita -- featuring Don't Cry for Me Argentina -- charts the rags-to-riches rise of the First Lady of Argentina, who won the love of her countrymen after marrying Argentine dictator Juan Peron.

Eva takes us on a journey from fatherless child to ambitious actress to the most powerful woman in Latin America—and, eventually, to a saint-like figure after her death from cancer at age 33. She will be played by award-winning New Zealand actress Heather Wilcock. Heather’s most recent roles include playing Tracy Turnblad in Hairspray, Cathy in Auckland Musical Theatre’s production of The Last 5 Years, Hodel in Centrestage’s production of Fiddler on The Roof (NAPTA Nominated), as well as AMT’s production of Spring Awakening as Wendla (NAPTA Nominated).

Heather received her first NAPTA award for best leading female in a musical at the age of 16 for her role as Bobbie in the New Zealand Premier of The Railway Children at Centrestage Theatre and was recently honoured again for her stand out performance in Hairspray. At the age of 16, Heather was offered a place to study musical theatre at the New York Film Academy in Manhattan where she studied under many top Broadway performers.

Produced in Wellington by Amici Productions in association with Porirua Little Theatre, the production features lavish costuming and sets designed by top New Zealand freelance Director Stephen Robertson. This new and original design concept for Evita will bring this story to life with a large cast of 46 performers from Wellington and around New Zealand.

The events in Eva’s life are presented in song and editorialised on by the show’s narrator, Che -- played by Wellington-born actor Matt Pike whose credits include an international tours of Jesus Christ Superstar and Cats, a highlight playing Munkustrap for the 10 year anniversary of Cats in Hamburg. Other credits include Miss Saigon (Engineer in the NZ premier Chch and Chris in Wellington); Cabaret (Emcee); Jacque Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris; Starlight Express (Electra); and Blood brothers (Narrator).

Juan Peron is played by Chris Crowe – known for bringing to life some of the most demanding roles in musical theatre including Jesus in Godspell, Judas & Pontias Pilate in Jesus Christ Superstar, Enjolras in Les Miserables, Anatoly in Chess, and John in Miss Saigon -- a role he has had the pleasure of performing in several New Zealand cities.

More recently Chris has received critical acclaim starring as the title role in The Phantom of the Opera -- a role he has cherished and had the pleasure of sharing with audiences in Wellington, New Plymouth, Palmerston North and Christchurch.

Other credits include, La Traviata, Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus for the Australian Opera Studio at His Majesty’s Theatre in Perth, and productions of On Broadway, Godspell and Smokey Joe’s Café, for Marshall Stack & Co, a collective of performers & musicians let by sisters Kate & Nic Marshall.

Evita has music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice. Harold Prince staged the original London and New York productions. Elaine Paige earned an Olivier Award for creating the role in London. Patti LuPone, who starred in the 1979 Broadway staging, earned a Tony Award for her work alongside Tony winner Mandy Patinkin as Che. Evita also earned the 1980 Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Score, Best Book and Best Direction.

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