Delaware All-State Theatre (DAST), a not-for-proﬁt theatrical organization, will present EVITA the last two weekends in June. Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice, EVITA is winner of seven Tony Awards including Best Musical. Evita is set in Argentina between 1934-1952. It is based on the historical story of María Eva Duarte, a poor Argentinian girl who grows up to be the wife of the president of Argentina, worshipped by her people.
As a young woman who longs for an acting career, fame, and fortune, Eva quickly learns that her feminine wiles hold power among a culture, and a political system, run by men. Once she makes it to Buenos Aires, Evita ﬁnds fame and power in her powers of seduction, eventually seducing the rising political ﬁgure, Juan Perón, who becomes the President of Argentina. As First Lady of Argentina, she aligns herself with the poor, winning herself, and Perón, popularity among Argentinians. Evita becomes a hero to the poor and the working class—and an enemy to the rich. A young and unknown revolutionary, Ché, narrates the rise and fall of the beloved matriarch of the Argentinian people. This blockbuster musical, made even more famous as a 1996 Hollywood ﬁlm starring Madonna and Antonio Banderas, shows both the righteous determination, and the ruthless power, of Argentina’s 20th century matriarch.
Well-known numbers from Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical masterpiece include “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina,” “Oh What a Circus,” “Buenos Aires” and “Another Suitcase in Another Hall.” This production of EVITA has adult themes and contains some colorful language. It is appropriate for adults, seniors, and mature children 11 and older.