For New Yorkers longing to catch the new tour of Evita before it hits Broadway in the fall, the production is now in Newark -- as close to New York as it will get before it reached the Great White Way. It will play the New Jersey Performing Arts Center through Jan. 31. For information, call 1-888-466-5722.
The show, directed by Larry Fuller, stars Natalie Toro and Ana Marie Andricain, sharing the title role. Raul Esparza is Che and Raymond Jaramillo McLeod stars as Juan Peron. The Latin casting is part of an effort to instill this production with a more culturally authentic feel.
The tour premiered at the Masonic Temple Theatre in Detroit, MI Nov. 3, 1998 and is is set to reach Broadway in fall 1999.
Fuller, who will also create the dancing for the show, was the original choreographer of Evita. Timothy O'Brien will design the sets and costumes. The new staging is produced by Manny Kladitis, Magicworks Entertainment and Pace Theatrical Group.
Evita premiered in the U.S. At Los Angeles' Civic Light Opera in 1979. The show then opened on Broadway Sept. 25, 1979, with Patti LuPone as Eva Peron, Bob Gunton as her husband, and Mandy Patinkin as Che. Following are the tour dates through July 4, 1999:
Feb. 2-7, 1999: Philadelphia, Merriam Theatre
Feb. 9-14, 1999: Atlanta, Fox Theatre
Feb. 16-Mar. 14, 1999: San Francisco, Orpheum Theatre
Mar. 16-21, 1999: New Orleans, Saenger Theatre
Mar. 23-28, 1999: Columbus, Ohio Theatre
Mar. 30-Apr. 4, 1999: St. Louis, Fox Theatre
Apr. 6-11, 1999: Dallas, Music Hall
Date TBA: Las Vegas
Apr. 20-25, 1999: Costa Mesa, CA, Orange County Performing Arts Center
Apr. 27-May 9, 1999: Seattle, Paramount Theatre
May 11-30, 1999: Los Angeles, Wilshire Theatre
June 1-6, 1999: San Diego, Civic Center
June 8-July 4, 1999: Boston, Colonial Theatre
Other musicals composed by Lloyd Webber include Cats, Aspects Of Love and Whistle Down The Wind.
-- By Robert Simonson