Mexico Evita, With Rocio Banquells, Postpones

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Due to set and lighting difficulties, the Mexican revival of Evita has again postponed previews and opening night, this time to unspecified dates in late October and early November, respectively.

Due to set and lighting difficulties, the Mexican revival of Evita has again postponed previews and opening night, this time to unspecified dates in late October and early November, respectively.

The show was originally scheduled to open in August and was postponed, to begin previews Oct. 9 for an Oct. 19 opening. According to a spokesperson from the production, Evita will now begin previews late October and open early November, but no specific dates have been set yet. The eagerly awaited revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber's award-winning musical will play at the Teatro Silvia Pinal in Mexico City.

Larry Fuller, who choreographed the London and Broadway productions is directing and choreographing this production, based on the Harold Prince's original staging.

Rocio Banquells, star of the 1981 Mexican production, will recreate her performance as Eva Peron. Banquells also starred the Mexican production of Cole Porter's Anything Goes in 1986 and in 1992 she recorded the CD "Un Sueno Alguna Vez Sone" ("I Dreamed a Dream") which featured songs in Spanish from Les Miserables, The Phantom of the Opera, Camelot, La Cage Aux Folles, A Little Night Music, Cats and other shows.

According to Jorge Berlanga, co-producer of the show, there are plans to produce a cast recording of the 1997 Evita revival, altough no date has been set yet for the recording session. In the meanwhile, Banquells' version of "Don't Cry for Me Argentina" ("No Llores por Mi Argentina") can be found in her CD "Un Sueno Alguna Vez Sone" which will be reissued this month to celebrate Banquells' return to the stage. There were rumours that Julio Aleman (Me & My Girl, Anything Goes) would play Peron, but it is now confirmed that Jose Lavat will play the role. Other leads in this Evita revival are Luis Gatica (The Fantasticks, La Cage Aux Folles) as Che, Perla Aguilar as Peron's Mistress and Sergio Acosta as Magaldi.

Designing Evita are Chris Nass (Sets), Nuria Marroqui (Costumes), Richard Winckler (Lights) and Abe Jacob (Sound).

The original Mexican production of Evita, which was directed by Harold Prince, opened June 22, 1981 at the Teatro Ferrocarrilero, and ran for one and a half years.

Produced by Rocio Banquells, Jorge Berlanga and Mario Palacios, Evita will play Thurs. & Fri. at 8:30 PM, Sat. at 5:30 and 8:30 PM & Sun. at 5:30 PM. The Teatro Silvia Pinal is located in Yucatan #150, Colonia Roma, Mexico City. Tickets are available from Ticketmaster Mexico at (5) 325-9000.

--By Claudio Carrera
Mexico Correspondent


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