Walnut Street's Evita Eschews Harold Prince to Reinvent a Classic, May 6-July 6

News   Walnut Street's Evita Eschews Harold Prince to Reinvent a Classic, May 6-July 6 In a break from the tradition of borrowing original director Harold Prince's ideas for regional revivals of Evita, Walnut Street Theatre will imagine the Andrew Lloyd Webber-Tim Rice show with a "wholly new visual concept," May 6-July 6.

Avoiding a recreation of the original 1978 London staging (which was later seen on Broadway), director Bruce Lumpkin has reexamined the pop-operatic fantasia about the life of Argentine leader Eva Peron, according to Walnut Street. Richard Stafford serves as choreographer for the Philadelphia revival, which opens May 14. Louis F. Goldberg is musical director. The cast includes Ann Maria Andricain (Eva), Jeffrey Coon (Che), Scott Holmes (Peron), Vincent D'Elia (Magaldi), Christina DeCicco (Peron's Mistress), Krissy Fraelich (Eva at certain performances).

Designers are John Farrell (set), Colleen McMillan (costume), Jeffrey S. Koger (lighting) and Scott Smith (sound).

Tickets range $10-$55. Walnut Street Theatre is at 825 Walnut Street in Philadelphia. For information, call (215) 574-3550 or visit www.wstonline.org.