The Gilbert and Sullivan Society of SA is proudly presenting a strictly limited season of the Tony Award-winning musical Evita! Tickets are now on sale - 10 performances only!
Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's iconic musical Evita brings to life the rags-to-riches rise of Eva Peron, the First Lady of Argentina. Set between 1934 and 1952, the acclaimed musical follows Eva Duarte on her journey from poor illegitimate child to ambitious actress to the most powerful woman in Latin America, before her death from cancer at age 33.
Evita began as a rock opera concept album released in 1976. Its success led to productions in London in 1978, winning the Laurence Olivier Award for 'Best Musical', and on Broadway a year later, where it was the first British musical to receive the Tony Award for the 'Best Musical'.
The Gilbert and Sullivan Society of SA production is directed by Gordon Combes with musical direction by Jillian Gulliver, and choreography by Sarah Williams.
The stellar cast includes Tegan Gully-Crispe as Argentina's controversial first lady, James McCluskey-Garcia as Juan Peron, President of Argentina, Jared Frost as Che, Marxist revolutionary, physician, author, guerrilla leader, diplomat, and Military theorist, James Nicholson as Magaldi, "the sentimental voice of Buenos Aires" and Grace Carter as Peron's Mistress.
These talented performers are supported by a hard-working ensemble comprising the men, women and children of Argentina.
Evita has been a long-cherished dream of director, Gordon Combes - "When I saw the film in the mid-2000's I fell in love with the story and the characters. I was touched by the realism of the story and what these characters had gone through. I loved that this story was based on a living person and that this amazing woman lived these experiences and is still remembered and adored today."
"The fun of Evita is that Rice and Lloyd Webber give us these conflicting views of who Eva Perón was, and neither view conquers the other. We are left at the end not knowing which to believe. Was she a saint and accidental political activist, as the people believed? Was she a devil, or was she just a very talented woman struggling against the rejections and deprivations of her childhood, finding that she had been given the power to change those underlying causes and conditions?"
On the forthcoming Gilbert and Sullivan Society of SA production, Gordon says, "the audience will feel part of the story as soon as they enter the theatre. In addition, we will have the full Broadway size orchestra with a talented cast of 35.
My set design, is based on the beautiful metal decorated gates of the Casa da Rosa and will be incorporating the orchestra and we will be using a new concept that never has been used in the Arts Theatre."
Tickets are now on sale; choose from the following performances:
Sept 23 - Oct 2 at 7.30pm
Sept 26 at 3.30pm
Matinees Sept 25 & Oct 2 at 1.30pm
Book now at gandssa.com.au or call 8447 7239.
Early bookings are advised as places are strictly limited.
Tickets: $40 adult, $36 conc., $25 tertiary student, $20 child (under 18), special discounts for groups of 10 or more.
"In this production, director Gordon Combes has assembled an enthusiastic cast to breathe life into the songs." Kerry Cooper - Stage Whispers
"Not surprisingly, after the funny, razzle-dazzle closing number, the opening night audience members sprang to their feet in acclaim." Samela Harris - Barefoot Review
"The director, Gordon Combes, together with a multi-talented cast and crew, were superb on Opening Night. They achieved an entertaining balance between drab, dull, boring English industrial life and the stimulating, sensational, emotional life of drag queens!" Alison Thomas - Theatre Association of SA
"Many of Adelaide's musical theatre lovers have been eagerly awaiting the G&S production of Kinky Boots. Judging by the audience reaction on opening night, the wait has been well worth it. Kinky Boots is loud, well-paced and full of lively fun." Doug Phillips - Adelaide Theatre Guide