The Lake City Playhouse season opens in just over a month with Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's Evita.
Thursdays-Sundays from Sept. 17 through Oct. 10; specifically ...
Sept. 17-19, 23-26, 30; Oct. 1-3 and 7-10
directed by Abbey Crawford, with musical direction by Carolyn Jess and choreography by Jennifer Shell; Jay Anders will be production manager
with Alyssa Day as Eva Duarte de Peron (1919-52), Todd Kehne as Che Guevara (the narrator; 1928-67), Danile McKeever as Agustin Magaldi (Eva's first lover), Katrina Heath as Peron's Mistress, and Kent Kimball as Juan Peron (1895-1974)
Ensemble: Liberty Harris, Anne Mitchell, Gianinna Damiano, Melissa Gren, Mary Wherley, Emily Nichols, Amy Schoedel, Ariel Cansino, Kate Johnson, R. Scott Clemons, Ross Mumford, Alex Winther, Dan Heggem, Steve Kane, Michael Perry, Josh Cooper
Children's Choir: Autumn Plucker, Mason Crawford-Heim, Sadie Russell, Julia Lovell, Amelia Crawford-Heim, Isaac Crawford-Heim and Janessa Riordan
It's been 34 years since the album, 31 years since the Rice/Webber musical premiered on Broadway, and 14 years since the Madonna/Antonio Banderas movie.
Best of Broadway Spokane produced the show at the Opera House in Feb. 2005.
Bobo has long thought that the range of musical styles in Evita — classical, salsa, rock, etc. — is justified and not a weakness. I always look forward to Magaldi's "Night of a Thousand Stars," and Peron playing musical chairs in "The Art of the Possible," and of course "Don't Cry...." One of the joys of re-watching some musicals involves rediscovering the good stuff that you missed the first couple of times you heard it.
Big musical, though, on a cramped stage — it'll be interesting to see how the first show under new artistic director George Green shapes up.
Tickets: $19; $17, military and students; $15, seniors; $9, kids. Call (208) 667-1323.