Teatro Regio, Friday 4 May 2018 - Wednesday 9 May 2018

Press release

The musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice at the Teatro Regio
Absolute premiere of the symphonic orchestra version

Teatro Regio, Friday, 04 May 2018, 08.00 pm


Evita, the famous musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber, with lyrics by Tim Rice, will be performed at Teatro Regio on Friday, 04 May at 08.00 pm. Composed in 1978, it was freely inspired by the life of María Eva Duarte de Perón (1919 – 1952), affectionately called Evita, First Lady of Argentina in the 1940s.
This production is the absolute premiere of Evita performed by a symphony orchestra. Sir Lloyd Webber has personally revised and orchestrated the score with David Cullen. On this occasion, the Orchestra of Teatro Regio is conducted by David Steadman.
The Musical in two acts, produced by Bill Kenwright in partnership with The Really Useful Group, will be presented in the original English version with overhead titles in Italian. Evita is scheduled for 4-9 May on Teatro Regio’s playbill with overall 8 performances. These are the Italian dates of the international tour. The musical is directed by Bob Tomson and Bill Kenwright, with choreography by Bill Deamer, scenes and costumes by Matthew Wright, lights by Dan Samson, and sound by Tim Oliver.
The entire musical is a flashback of key events in the life of Evita, narrated by Che, whose costume recalls the famous Che Guevara, interpreted by Gian Marco Schiaretti. Dancer, singer and actor from Parma, Schiaretti has played key roles as the protagonist of musicals, such as Il gobbo di Notre Dame, Romeo e Giulietta, Tarzan and Biancaneve. Evita is played by Madalena Alberto, Portuguese actress and singer with a brilliant career in London theatres that specialise in musicals. She has performed leading roles in several musicals, including Chicago, Les Misérables, Piaf, Evita and Cats. Juan Domingo Perón, President of Argentina and Evita’s husband, is played by Australian Jeremy Secomb. He has recently been highly acclaimed by both the public and critics in leading London theatres for his performance in musicals such as, Il diabolico barbiere di Fleet Street, Les Misérables and Il fantasma dell’Opera.
Evita is the very essence of Argentina. Of humble origins, with a promising career in acting, she became the second wife of Perón, President of Argentina, and put her heart and soul into politics to support her people and the weakest. With her powerful charisma and intrinsic sophistication, she charmed all the authorities of the world during her many diplomatic missions abroad with her husband, until her death of cancer at the young age of thirty-three years. The most famous songs of the musical include Don’t Cry For Me, Argentina, sung by Evita from the balcony of Casa Rosada on the day her husband was proclaimed president; and You Must Love Me or Oh What a Circus, which Che sings when he relates Evita’s career in bitterly scathing notes.
The winner of more than 20 awards, including the 1997 Oscar for the best song in the cinema version directed by Alan Parker, starring Madonna and Antonio Banderas, Evita has become a classic, an icon of musical drama, an absolute must see.
The musical will be presented to the public on Wednesday, 2nd May at 5.30 pm, at the Piccolo Regio Puccini with a conference entitled: La storia di una First Lady in musical, curated by Alberto Mattioli. Free entrance.
Tickets will be available for purchase at the Box Office of Teatro Regio, piazza Castello 215 - Tel. 011.8815.241/242, at Infopiemonte-Torino cultura, at Vivaticket points of sale, online on www.vivaticket.it and with telephone bookings by calling 011.8815.270. For 18-year-olds who wish to use the Culture Bonus at Teatro Regio, the cost of the ticket is € 25, for all dates and all sectors, with the option of purchasing an additional ticket at the cost of € 1. For information - Tel. 011.8815.557. For further information: www.teatroregio.torino.it and www.sistemamusica.it
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