Andrew Lloyd Webber's Evita

presented in cooperation with the Wisconsin Union Theater

Amanda Poulson as Eva Peron. Photo by Lorah Haskins.

August 21-23, 2010

Wisconsin Union Theater

Andrew Lloyd Webber's Evita, winner of seven Tony Awards, is the classic rags-to-riches story of Eva Perón, a peasant girl who rises from the poverty of small-town Argentina to become the nation's iconic first lady. Arguably Webber's best score, it includes the famous showstoppers "Don't Cry for Me Argentina" and "Buenos Aires."

Watch highlights from dress rehearsal. See our EVITA Montage Video with photos from throughout the dress rehearsal and audio from our sitzprobe.

Preshow Lecture

Professor Glen Close, UW-Madison Department of Spanish and Portuguese, presented "Eva Peron: A Revolutionary Icon", an examination of the iconic status of Eva Perón and exploration of the origins, manifestations and impact of her celebrity status. The lecture was a free event and open to the public.

"Don't Cry for Me Argentina" Photo by Mike Brown.

Photo Gallery

Visit the Four Seasons Theatre EVITA photo gallery

Partial support for this production of Evita was provided by the Dane County Cultural Affairs Commission, the Madison Arts Commission, the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the National Endowment for the Arts, Audio for the Arts, Park Printing, and Full Compass.

Reviews

"Evita is a large undertaking and Four Seasons, like Poulson in the lead role, handles it skillfully." Katie Reiser, Four Seasons presents a good-looking and -sounding EVITA, The Isthmus

"Four Seasons has taken Lloyd Webber's dark musical and brought out some of its most entertaining aspects. From a grief tango when Argetines learn of their Evita's death to the final vivid moments, EVITA makes the journey from chorus girl to spiritual leader a pleasure to watch." Lindsay Christians, Four Seasons' EVITA takes a bite out of the big apple, 77 Square

 

Resources

Read the unofficial biography of Eva Perón.

Visit the website for the Evita Perón Historical Research Foundation, which is "dedicated to contributing to the historical knowledge of the figure of Eva Perón from a scientific perspective."

Watch the actual footage of Eva Peron's famous speech from the balcony.

See historic photos of Eva Perón. Watch Eva Perón: A Life in Pictures.

Watch a Powerpoint presentation with several photos, posters, and political images of Evita.

"Peron's Latest Flame." Photo by Mike Brown
Biographies
Evita: The Real Life of Eva Peron, by Nicholas Fraser and Marysa Navarro (ISBN 0393315754)
Eva Peron: A Biography, by Alicia Dujovne Ortiz (ISBN 0312168276)

Official (Ghostwritten) Autobiography
Evita by Evita: Eva Duarte Perón tells her own story (ISBN 0906071054, out of print, available used and from libraries)

Historical Fiction
Santa Evita, by Tomás Eloy Martinez (ISBN 0679768149) A very successful semi-documentary novel by an Argentine journalist who knew Perón, centering on the mysterious fate of Evita's embalmed cadaver.

Historical film
Eva Peron, dir. Juan Carlos Desanzo, Argentina 1996 (available in Foreign section at Four Star Video Heaven)

"High Flying Adored." Photo by Mike Brown.

Production Staff

Director/Music Director
Andrew Abrams

Choreographer
Sarah McCalister

Set Designer
Frank Schneeberger

Lighting Designer
Casey Martin

Costume Designer
Jenni Schwaner Ladd

Wigs, Hair & Makeup Designer

Jan Ross

Sound Designer
Steve Gotcher
"Rainbow Tour." Photo by Mike Brown.
Props Designer
Larry Keen

Stage Management Team
Sarah Marty
Kate Goodall
Sarah Cowing

Assistant Music Director
Eric Anderson

Assistant Director/Assistant Choreographer
Brian Cowing

Amanda Poulson as Eva, Joe Dahl as Peron. Photo by Lorah Haksins

Cast

Eva Peron
Amanda Poulson

Che
Chad Grote

Peron
Joe Dahl

Magaldi
Robert A. Goderich

Mistress
Samantha Bock

Women's Ensemble
Amanda Arnold
Frieda Carlsen
Lorah Haskins
Francesca Johnson
TaeHee Kim
Donna Kuelz
Melissa Krumm
Taylor Peterson
Nikki Powers
Gina Sparacino
Bethany Spevacek
Lainie Wade

"Eva's Lament." Photo by Mike Brown

Men's Ensemble
Bobby Arnold
Robert A.Goderich
Eddie Gray
Sean Hubbard
Dan Jackson
Paul Kellerman
Joseph Kramer
David Kuelz
David Olson
Jordan Peterson
Dennis Reichhold
Joe Shapiro

Peasant Children
Lauren Bobeck
Nathan Lucas

Admiral
Barry Abrams