May 2018

Journey to Buenos Aires: Evita Will Transport You!

Author: Andrea Gannon | Photographer: TR Media World

There is no denying the fact that Evita is one of the most exquisitely tuneful musicals ever. With music by the legendary Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by the award-winning Tim Rice, this biographical musical of the life of Eva Perón illuminates this most beloved, if controversial, figure in Argentina’s political history. And beloved she was: The show’s title is a nod to the peoples’ affection as the Spanish term of endearment, meaning “little Eva.”

The Arts Center of Coastal Carolina’s spring production of Evita runs May 2-27, and was voted the audience’s number one selection for a musical in the 2017-18 season survey. Evita became the first British musical to receive the Tony Award for Best Musical plus six more, while garnering six Drama Desk awards, and the Outer Critics Circle award. The awards kept rolling in, as the 2012 Broadway revival earned three Tony Award nominations including Best Musical Revival as well as five Drama Desk awards.

For those who don’t know the story, Eva Duarte was born into a poor family in Argentina. Her father abandoned Eva and her mother at an early age. Eva pursued a singing career at age 15 and found some success once she moved to Buenos Aires. It was there that she met Juan Perón. The two married and began the dual political careers that would lead to Perón’s presidency and Eva’s becoming Evita, a near saint-like figure in the hearts of the poverty-stricken, disenfranchised Argentinian people.

Eva’s story is a classic rags-to-riches tale in which scandal and corruption mingled with a life of charity and an extreme public persona. Evita is narrated by Che, a character based on the historical and controversial figure Che Guevara. Che and Eva Perón likely never met, and their philosophies on how to help the poor were diametrically opposed. Andrew Lloyd Weber and Tim Rice wrote Che in as the narrator to provide a tension and opposition in contrast to the overwhelming love most Argentinians felt for Eva Perón. She was loved by the masses and despised by the Oligarchs and remains a powerful icon of charity, fashion, and ambition for both her home country and the world.

At the helm of Evita is director Gail Luna of New York City, most recently having set designed Dial M for Murder and Mamma Mia! at the Arts Center. He expressed his enthusiasm for this ambitious musical: “Evita is a story rich in history, and the music soars while we tell this tale of intrigue, mystery and greed. Eva was a stunning woman who led a country, but beneath that beautiful facade was someone full of complexities and the need to manipulate and control. It’s a story you’ll never forget, and a breathtaking score that will stay with you long after the curtain falls.”

Preview performances, May 2-3, are $48 for adults and $35 for children 5-15; regular performances, May 4-27, are $58 for adults and $45 for children. To reserve seats, call the box office at (843) 842-ARTS (2787) or visit

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