26 Jun 2014
The original Broadway run of Evita closed on this date 31 years ago. The Playbill Vault looks back at the musical's opening on the Great White Way.
Following a successful premiere in London's West End, Evita opened at the Broadway Theatre Sept. 25, 1979, to mixed reviews. New York Times critic Walter Kerr praised Harold Prince's direction, but claimed one would leave the theatre "wondering why the authors chose to write a musical about materials they were then going to develop so remotely, so thinly."
The musical defied mixed reviews and received 11 Tony Award nominations. Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin won Tonys for their roles as Eva Perón and Che Guevara, and Harold Prince won for Best Direction of a Musical. Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice received Tonys for the score and book, and the show took home the top honor of Best Musical.
Radio City Christmas Spectacular: Buy One, Get One Free!
The Rockettes® dazzle in brilliant dance numbers and Radio City® shines with the joy of the season.
Follow Santa on his sleigh ride, see ice skaters swirl across the stage, and catch a snowflake or two
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