The long-awaited EVITA comes to Melbourne, gracing the stage of the State Theatre at 100 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne CBD from 5 December 2018 to 27 January 2019. The original Broadway and West End production of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's iconic musical is directed by legendary Broadway director Hal Prince and stars Australia's own icon, singer, songwriter, musical theatre star and Young Talent Time sweetheart, Tina Arena.
With a running time of 2 hours 30 minutes including interval, performance days and times are as follows. Evening performances on Tuesdays are at 6.30pm and Wednesday to Saturday at 7.30pm. Matinee performances are at 1pm on Wednesday, 2pm on Saturday and 3pm on Sunday. Get your tickets here.
Please note that the role of Eva Perón will be played by Tina Arena, and at certain performances by Jemma Rix. Jemma was nominated for a Helpmann Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical for her portrayal as Elphaba in Wicked and she was also named Theatre People Pro Choice Award Winner; Best Actress in a Musical, Wicked.
Following are the performance dates where Jemma Rix is scheduled to perform the role of Eva Perón in Melbourne. The Producers of EVITA cannot guarantee the appearance of any particular artist, which is always subject to illness and leave arrangements.
Jemma Rix performs as follows: 2018 - Wed 7:30pm performances on 12 & 19 Dec, Sun 30 Dec 1pm: 2019 - Thu 3 Jan 1pm, Wed 9 Jan 7:30pm, Wed 16 Jan 7:30pm, Wed 23 Jan 7:30pm, Wed 30 Jan 7:30pm, Wed 6 Feb 7.30pm, Sat 9 Feb 2pm, Wed 13 Feb 7.30pm, and Sat 16 Feb 2pm.
EVITA charts the story of Eva Perón who used her position as the first lady and wife of Argentine dictator Juan Perón to fight for women's right to vote and improving the lives of the poor. So loved by Argentine's people she was heralded as the spiritual leader of the nation by them. Featuring some of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's best-loved songs in musical theatre, who could forget the powerful Don't Cry for me Argentina and others like On This Night of a Thousand Stars, Oh What A Circus, You Must Love Me, and Another Suitcase in Another Hall.
With legendary Broadway director Hal Prince who has won 21 Tony Awards; more than any person in history at the helm, and joined by fellow original West End creative team members including choreographer Larry Fuller and designer Timothy O'Brien, this summer's theatre sensation is going to be a force to be reckoned with. Head to the official website and Facebook page for more details and to stay updated.
Starring opposite Tina as Juan Perón will be opera superstar Paulo Szot, and the young revolutionary Che Guevara will be Kurt Kansley, who trained at Monash University and The Melba Conservatorium. The tango singer Magaldi will be played by acclaimed musical theatre performer Michael Falzon, while the role of Perón's Mistress will be played by newcomer Alexis van Maanen, making her professional debut. Alexis is a 2017 graduate of Caulfield Grammar School.
Completing the cast will be Justin Anderson, Anton Berezin, Michael Camilleri, Olivia Carniato, Rachel Cole, Alie Coste, Jade Coutts, Kristian Crowe, Todd Dewberry, Rodney Dobson, Samantha Dodemaide, Laura Field, Zoy Frangos, Ashleigh Gurnett, Kate Maree Hoolihan, Georgina Hopson, Thomas Johansson, Thern Reynolds, Christopher Scalzo, David Sirianni, Tod Strike, Simon Tichelaar, Dean Vince, Rachael Ward and Paul Whiteley.