THE SCREENING ROOM: Celebrating Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's Evita (Video)
25 Sep 2013
The Tony Award-winning Best Musical Evita, featuring music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and a libretto by Tim Rice, opened Sept. 25, 1979, at the Broadway Theatre. In celebration of the production, Playbill.com looks back at various performances from the musical.
The original production starred Tony Award winners Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin as Eva Peron and Che, respectively. The production received Tony Awards for Best Actress in a Musical (LuPone), Best Book (Rice), Best Direction of a Musical (Harold Prince), Best Actor in a Musical (Patinkin), Best Lighting Design (David Hersey), Best Original Score (Lloyd Webber and Rice) and Best Musical.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.